Press release

EPLAN Chooses Thales to Enable Cloud-Based Licensing, Addressing Growing Business Needs

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Thales, a leader in critical information systems, cybersecurity, data
protection and licensing, can today reveal that it has extended its
decade long partnership with EPLAN, the Computer Aided Design (eCAD)
company, to ensure on-demand license delivery and activation for all
products. Part of its digital transformation strategy, this move brings
EPLAN closer to its customer base, by ensuring that the product
experience is individually tailored to each customer’s needs.

Founded in 1984, EPLAN develops electrical CAD software to help users
with efficient engineering solutions to enhance their electrical design.
With over 51,000 customers across various industries in 50 countries
around the world, EPLAN was keen to modernize its business model to meet
evolving customer needs. Now with Thales technology, the German
headquartered organisation, can bring its electrical engineering
solutions closer to customers, giving them greater choice and opening up
more business opportunities.

Having decided to replace a home-grown system, EPLAN opted for Thales’
Sentinel solution. Sentinel RMS – and its scalable cloud-based licensing
capability – will provide EPLAN with control and visibility into how its
software applications are deployed and used.

With Sentinel EMS – deployed as a SaaS based license and entitlement
management platform – EPLAN will benefit from being able to manage its
digital catalogue, integrate with ERP/CRM and reduce the need for manual
repetitive tasks. The EMS solution was configured to allow a customer to
automatically download and activate the product, speeding up the
previously time consuming process.

“Whilst we’ve always delivered the best CAD software solutions, we
needed to upgrade our commercial work flow and customer experience?” said

Dieter Pesch, senior vice president of product management and
development at EPLAN
. “Our customers are increasingly looking for
more flexibility from our solutions, but also a much more
straightforward payment structure, and we’ve now got this.”

“Organisations today, more than ever, need to be able to license
their software in a variety of ways, yet deliver their solutions with
the velocity that customers have come to expect. This level of business
agility is a core component of today’s digital transformation” said
Weiss, vice president software monetization products at Thales
. “By
implementing our solutions, EPLAN is responding to its customers by
offering more choice, faster than before, without compromising its
market leading position.”

About Thales

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Thales. Our customers come to us with big ambitions: to make life
better, to keep us safer. Combining a unique diversity of expertise,
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From the bottom of the oceans to the depth of space and cyberspace, we
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employees in 68 countries, Thales reported sales of €19 billion in 2018.



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