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About using Inventory Solution with the Software Catalog Data Provider

Inventory Solution

This is applicable to Windows computers only.

The Software Catalog Data Provider (SCDP) is a component of Inventory Solution that can be used to import software inventory data into the Software Catalog. It provides a list of known applications and predefined software products that is imported into the Configuration Management Database (CMDB).

See How Inventory Solution works with the Software Catalog Data Provider

You need the Software Catalog Data Provider to identify software in the following cases:

  • The information that identifies the software cannot be gathered from Add/Remove Programs.

  • The software is identified as a suite, and you need to identify a specific product in the suite.

  • The software is identified as a product, and you need to identify the suite.

  • You need to identify the edition of a software product such as standard, professional, or enterprise.

The data about the applications that software inventory gathers can be compared to the list of known applications and predefined software products. If the application inventory data matches the list of known applications, it helps ensure that your software inventory data is accurate. You can also import the application inventory data into the Software Catalog. This process runs automatically with the default inventory policy settings.

You can view the list of the applications in the Software Catalog.

If the application inventory data matches the predefined software product data, the software component automatically becomes a managed software product and appears in the Software Catalog, in the Managed software products list.