Patent Number: 8,881,131

Title: Method and apparatus for populating a software catalogue with software knowledge gathering

Abstract: A method and a corresponding apparatus for inventoring software products on a plurality of computer are proposed. The inventoring system aims at populating a software catalog without the manual intervention of an administrator. The present invention reduces the cost of producing and maintaining a comprehensive knowledge base (the catalog) which contains definitions of software products and the related signature. Information about software products and their related signature is obtained through a process which gathers information from a potentially very large collection of computers. Any occurrence of a group of identical files across multiple computers is considered a reliable indicator that they belong to the installation footprint of a product.

Inventors: Capomassi; Alessandro (Rome, IT), Ferenzi; Alessandro (Rome, IT), Gangemi; Rosario (Lavinio, IT), Pichetti; Luigi (Rome, IT), Vitaletti; Marcello (Rome, IT)

Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation

International Classification: G06F 9/44 (20060101); G06F 9/445 (20060101); G06F 7/00 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 2019-11-04 0:00:00