Anyone working with software asset management issues continually faces the problem of who the software publisher of a specific computer program/registry entry or file. Without this piece of information all other software asset management tasks are stalled. Perhaps you need information about licensing of the product or to find out if an update available? Do you need replacement of the original media? Are you looking for support on the product or just another user manual? What about technical information on the application or to find out if it is compliant with Windows 2007? You could spend hours doing endless Google searches only to find that much of the information you retrieve is out of date, essentially worthless.
From our experience over many years of working with Software Asset Management (SAM) issues we again and again came up against this problem and we had to solve it to complete our work. We spent endless hours online to search for information, and as this issue came up again and again we decided to start building our own database to collect information about software publishers when we came across information we could use.
Over time we found an increase in the number of new software publishers and a rising number of mergers/acquisitions and buy outs. Software companies grow and expand their portfolios partly by buying smaller companies with a portfolio or technology which is of value. We have seen situations where copyright is moved from one company to another several times over during a short period of time. This makes it very difficult to find the correct copyright holder.
This added an extra dimension to the problem of software publisher copyright issues and three years ago we therefore started to continually update our Software Publisher Directory. We follow the software markets closely all over the world and make updates as we learn of the changes. Our Software Publisher Directory will tell you which publisher holds the copyright to the application you are looking for. The software publishing business is dynamic and changes take place every day. Applications can be renamed for marketing purposes so that they fit a new marketing profile once a merger or buyout has taken place. Gone is your application name, even though it still exists, but under a new name.
Our database holds information on more than 13,000 present copyright holders and our historical legacy records on software publishers run into thousands more. Information on publishers which has disappeared through mergers, acquisitions and buy-outs or they have are out of business.
With our Software Publisher Directory you can search for the software publisher based on the name, or even part of the name, of the publisher, historical or not. If the name is historical , our database will return the name of the present publisher holding the copyright of the publisher. We have also added to our database the ability to search by application name; we have an enormous number of applications linked to publisher. Search by application name and the Software Publisher Directory will return the publisher with copyright to the application. In addition sometimes all you may have is the name of the executable file (EXE file). Again our database is your helper and you can search for the publisher using the name of the EXE file. Finally you can search using the ARP String, retrieved from the “Add/Remove Programs” section of a system’s registry, for identification of the present publisher holding the copyright to the application.
We offer access to our Software Publisher Directory on a subscription basis. We have saved a lot of time ourselves with the database when we work with projects and we are confident that you will too. The Software Publisher Directory is the only service on the market dedicated to software publisher information.
We also offer our subscribers a helping hand. If you cannot find the subscriber in our database, then our team of SAM experts will help you find the publisher you are looking for. Submit the information you have at hand from your subscription page and we will find the publisher for you.
For more information visit our website at http://www.samresource.com
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Gottlieb & Associates is a Novato California based company specializing in Software Asset Management Consulting, training of Software Asset Managers and outsourcing of Software Asset Management functions for small and large business.