News and thoughts from CS Odessa, maker of the ConceptDraw product line: ConceptDraw PRO, ConceptDraw PROJECT and ConceptDraw MINDMAP.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

How We License ConceptDraw Products

We are often asked by our customers, “Basically, I am in a situation where I have two computers (my desktop PC which I use most of the time), and then when I travel I have a MacBook Pro. Is it possible for me to get a break on a second license as I would only ever be using the desktop or the laptop at any given time and not both?

Yes, it is possible to get a break on the second license with any of the ConceptDraw products. We license per user. So to the person who asked the question above, we have good news, you only need to purchase one license to be legally compliant in your use of our ConceptDraw products as you describe.

A Strategy Mind Map

Strategy Maps are often used by management to determine the appropriate alignment in a company, and to also identify and measure the metrics that support that alignment. Strategy maps can be a useful tool to focus your company’s finite resources so that they are effectively utilized.

A strategy map is not a sales or marketing tool, but rather a management tool that that reaches across all departments.Most of the time you will see a strategy map represented as a 2D graphic in ConceptDraw PRO or Microsoft Visio, which will show all of the dependencies between the identified areas in the company that are being measured and what is being measured. I have built a mind map that does this in a mind map format rather than a static 2D business rendering.

The great thing about using a mind map is that once the map is complete it can then easily be exported to PowerPoint, as a slide presentation. This makes it is then easy to communicate to larger groups of stake holders. The strategy map template I developed, I have placed at MindMapPedia as a free download so any one can download and use it, this strategy map was built with ConceptDraw MINDMAP.