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.
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TagVault.org, a program of IEEE-ISTO and the certification authority for ISO/IEC 19770-2 software identification tags, invites you to a free, government and industry pertinent webinar.
TagVault.org will be attending the GTRA Council at Bedford Springs Resort in Pennsylvania from Dec 6th - 8th, 2009. GTRA is focused on helping to make the federal government more focused on government-wide collaboration. This helps governmental organizations implement best-practices more quickly and cost effectively.
After three years of significant effort and peer review, the ISO/IEC 19770-2 standard has been published by ISO. Individuals and organizations can purchase the standard from ISO, ANSI, or your national bodies standards organization.
This standard is the first step in revolutionizing the software asset management market. As software gets more expensive, hardware costs continue to plummet and software audit fines and penalties are rising, software purchasers are realizing that they need to more effectively manage their software assets. The problem is that SAM programs are expensive to implement. One of the reasons for the high cost of SAM programs is due to resource costs involved in manually identifying software inventory, or fixing third party identification libraries that have been unverified and untested. Software identification tags resolve this set of problems and associated costs!
In Nov 2009, TickIT published an article penned by Steve Klos on the need for authoritative software identification. TickIT is an organization focused on improving the overall quality of software by application of the framework of the ISO 9001 standard. More information on TickIT can be found at www.tickit.org.
Steve's article focuses on the reasons software developers must be concerned about authoritative software identification once software is purchased and installed at customer sites. The article provides a high level perspective on software asset management and reviews the costs to all SAM eco-system members if software purchasers are unable to properly identify installed software.
Adobe posted a blog entry providing details about the use of software identification tags in the Acrobat 9 and CS4 product lines. Adobe, like many software publishers, is working to help its customers accurately identify Adobe software titles installed on a variety of computing devices. Using SWID tags, Adobe provides authoritative information about which product was installed on a device and if that product is part of a suite, or part of a stand-alone installation. This information is provided on a variety of Windows platforms as well as on Macintosh platforms.
For more details on what Adobe is doing, read the blog post.
The ISO/IEC 19770-2 standard defining software identification tags received 100% unanimous approval to become a published international standard. There is no longer a reason for software publishers to allow software to be released in a manner that makes it difficult for software purchasing organizations to properly identify what is installed in their environment. The document will go through the final ISO editorial review, but the technical definitions are complete and locked down. The XSD as published on the ISO web site is the final version that will be used for software identification tags that conform to the 19770-2 standard. It is expected that the publication of the standard will occur before the end of 2009.