Software Tagging for SAM Practitioners
SAM practitioners have had a tough time in advising their clients how best to manage software assets.
No matter what systems are in place today, it's pretty much a given that an organization's software inventory is not an accurate representation of what's actually installed. With manual processes in place, there are bound to be errors and omissions – typical human errors. And today's Application Recognition Libraries (ARLs) typically provide incorrect or incomplete analysis of inventory data – often simply because the software inventory doesn't provide enough information to uniquely identify titles.
With the introduction of standardized software identification tags (SWID tags), tools will be able to gather data about a much larger number of installed applications.
TagVault.org is assembling a repository of software tags for legacy applications, to which members can contribute. With a combined effort, a large number of older software applications will be identifiable, in addition to new software that is published with SWID tags.
SAM practioners can then concentrate on recommending the best tools and processes for their enterprise clients to follow for best-practice software asset management and license compliance.
How TagVault.org Helps
TagVault.org is working with leading software providers to develop tools that work with SWID tags and which automate the processes of software inventory collection, software identification, software license compliance calculation and software purchasing reconciliation. These tools will help you to do your job better.
TagVault.org is also recording software tags for legacy applications. Please talk to us to get involved with this effort, particularly for lesser-known software applications.
Join TagVault.org to network with tools providers and your peers, and keep up-to-date on the latest in the software identification and entitlements space. Be part of the conversation that drives this initiative to a successful conclusion. Join today.