TagVault.org is a non-profit organization formed under the structure of IEEE-ISTO. It is a registration and certification authority for software identification tags (SWID tags) based on the ISO/IEC 19770-2:2009 standard. TagVault is a member-driven organization that provides a forum for sharing information and resources about software tags among software publishers, tool providers and SAM practitioners. TagVault provides a shared library of technical knowledge and software tools including consistent cross-vendor, cross-platform APIs.
Microsoft announced support for SWID Tags
Recent announcements regarding software identification tags provide the necessary support for software purchasing organizations to make new requirements to their software vendors:
The WiX development team removes the last excuse for windows software publishers to support standardized software identification (SWID) tags. This is a win for the consumer who will start to see better, more accurate and less-expensive technology for software logistics, security and compliance activities.
Identifying which software products are installed on a computing device is similar to an archeological dig (i.e. trying to determine which software titles are installed based on various artifacts discovered on the device) and regularly results in incomplete and incorrect results. Unfortunately, compliance, logistics and security processes and procedures rely on this discovery data to manage an organization’s infrastructure.
Incorrect data from software discovery utilities can and does result in:
TagVault.org will be participating in a Panel discussion on the 19770-2 standard at Flexera's SoftSummit conference in San Jose, CA from Oct 24 - 26. David Wright, CTO of Veritag, John Richardson, Director Licensing Technology for Symantec and Steve Klos, Executive Director of TagVault.org will be on the panel and we are ready for your questions - please send them to us!
Flexera recently announced that InstallShield 2012 creates and installs SWID tags by default as part of the software installation process on Windows devices. This removes even the slightest barrier for a huge number of ISV's who may otherwise gloss over the fact that their customers are spending significant money and resources trying to make their best guess about what software is installed on a device.