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.
TagVault.org is a non-profit organization designed to help organizations in the software industry work together in order to maximize the value of software identification (SWID) tags. TagVault.org is ensuring consistency in tag data across products, publishers and platforms while lowering the overall cost to include certified tags in any software product.
TagVault.org relies on the program's members to drive the requirements of certified SWID tags as well as the tools, services, documentation and support provided by the organization. TagVault.org is providing the necessary forum for software publishers and software consumers to work together to resolve software identification, license reconciliation and auditing issues that have grown more complex and contentious over the years. TagVault.org is providing these capabilities through multiple related efforts which include official working groups:
By Howard Hastings - Chairman of the Board of TagVault.org
TagVault's anniverary: a New Year, a New Decade, a New Era for Software Management!
As most of you know, our community has been working for many years to establish a standardized means to identify software accurately and consistently. Well, all of that diligence finally paid off when ISO/IEC 19770-2 was approved and published last November, 2009.
Obviously, those of us involved with bringing TagVault.org into being on February 28, 2009 felt the time was right and necessary for creation of an independent organization to certify 19770-2 software identification (SWID) tags and act as a single voice of the community to fuel adoption of the standard.
For the first time we have the means to accurately and consistently identify the software products installed on our computing systems. Beyond giving us the visibility for IT management we always desired (and assumed should be there all along), we’ll finally be able to confidently monitor our licensing situation.
SAM tool vendors are starting to realize the scope of the software identification problem and recognize this issue as one of the first items that needs to be standardized in order to automate SAM Processes and improve accuracy. Symantec and CA have both signed up as founding members of TagVault.org to help promote a fix to a systemic software industry problem.
Daniel Galecki, a Product Manager for the DDMI product from Hewlett Packard recently made a blog posting that presents some of the issues and complications of software identification and software license compliance.
Webcast - TagVault.org Tools and Services
Speakers: Brad Whitaker, Partner Third Eye Consulting & Steve Klos, Executive Director of TagVault.org
TagVault.org, a program of IEEE-ISTO and the registration and certification authority for software identification (SWID) tags as specified by the ISO/IEC 19770-2 standard invites you to learn about the tools and services available to TagVault.org members.
This webinar is free and will provide answers to organizations on how to create, digitally sign and certify SWID tags. The ISO/IEC 19770-2:2009 standard defines the structure of a tag and provides details on what each element of a tag is for, but does not specify which elements are the most useful to the market. The standard does not specify how values should be normalized, nor why an organization may want to digitally sign a SWID tag. This webinar answers those questions and more.
When developing Requests for Proposals (RFPs) and working through the entire software purchasing process, there are a significant number of details that need to be considered. One issue that should be on the minds of the software purchasing organization is, “how am I going to manage this software once I purchase it – this includes knowing where it’s installed, what I’ve purchased and reconciling software installations against entitlements to ensure the organization is in compliance”? Depending on the overall maturity of the SAM process for the organization, answers will vary significantly. This article provides contract and RFP suggestions your organization can use to ensure the manageability of software and license reconciliation as well as to set the stage for future automated procedures.
Put the date on your calendar - March 24th, 2010 in Washington DC from 9 AM - 3 PM Eastern.
The meeting location will be at the CA offices near the Dulles Airport making it convenient for anyone travelling to the event for the day.
TagVault.org, the GSA, other government organizations, Software Publishers, SAM tool providers and other interested parties interested in creating the certification requirement for government purchased software will get together for a kick off working group session.