From virtualization, device proliferation and the consumerization of IT, managing an enterprise’s IT inventory is becoming increasingly complex and time consuming. But it’s a task of significant importance, as organizations want to take advantage of every software license they hold, and manage the updates, support and service that are attendant. Getting an accurate count on software licenses and assets can be difficult. Inventory can consume people resources, time and budget, and even then it leaves many software procurement teams with an “educated guess” on what they need to buy or what they no longer need.
To that end, customers have asked us to help them lower the cost of managing their software licenses. We have responded by providing more robust SAM Services, in addition to free tools such as the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit
Today, Microsoft is taking its efforts a step further by announcing plans to implement the ISO/IEC 19770-2:2009 standard for software identification tags. These SWID tags are simple XML files embedded in the software that provide a universal method for IT departments to track and manage the software running in their respective IT environments.
Customers see this as another important tool for effective asset management. “Chevron supports the use of Software ID Tags per the ISO 19770-2 Standard as it will assist large, complex environments such as ours to better manage our software compliance efforts,” said Robin Trebec, software compliance project consultant for energy-giant Chevron. “Using this standard provides Chevron clear, more comprehensive information.”
Microsoft has begun working these tags into product planning cycles, and they will be included in future product releases. System Center 2012 and the MAP Toolkit will be updated so future releases will provide the ability to inventory SWID tags.
At the end of the day, this standard simplifies the software identification process, helping most customers lower the cost of managing software licenses, ensuring customers are maximizing their IT resources, improving security and leveraging all assets in compliance with their agreements.
Qualified Gold SAM Competency Partners can help customers develop plans to leverage these SWID tags and customers may qualify for assistance through a SAM Deployment Planning engagement.