Software asset management means more that simply ensuring compliance with licensing and avoiding costly software audits. It is a matter of security.
And without automation, the task is impossible, as unknown numbers of computers in your enterprise change their installed software and configurations each day. Software ID tags make continuous monitoring possible, so you can be confident the software installed on your network is up-to-date, and that the distribution chain from the software publisher to the end user hasn’t been compromised.
Software Identification (SWID) Tags
Software identification tags (SWID tags) record unique information about an installed software application, including its name, edition, version, whether it’s part of a bundle and more. SWID tags support software inventory and asset management initiatives. The structure of SWID tags is specified in international standard ISO/IEC 19770-2:2015
Software Entitlement (SWEN) Tags
Software entitlement tags will specify how license consumption measurement can be automated. This provides the next level of support for the automated software asset management process. The standard for this was released in 2016 as ISO/IEC 19770-3