Advocacy Effort Announced to Achieve Better Software Management

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Cicala & Associates has initiated an open letter to software publishers detailing the issues with software management processes today as well as how software publishers can help resolve these problems and significantly improve their customer relations as well as improve logistics, security and compliance processes while also reducing IT costs.

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Cicala & Associates' efforts will show software licensors that when their voices are joined together, they can carry strong and effective messages even to a market that is resistant to change.

Steve Klos
Executive Director

To learn more about this and other advocacy efforts, sign up for the software identification summit being held in Campbell, CA on May 2nd -

To ensure SWID tags gain software publisher support faster, Cicala and Associates has created an open letter to software publishers. This letter details the issues faced by organizations which use software today and highlights the benefits software identification (SWID) tags provide to the entire market.

Individuals who work for organizations that licenses and uses software, must take a moment of time to go through these materials and sign the letter. The material should be passed on to others as well. The goal is to have as many people as possible from as many sectors and locations as possible to indicate that they do, in fact, have a problem with today’s software logistics, security and compliance activities and that they expect software publishers to work together to provide solutions to these problems.

It’s crucial that software publishers hear about the need for SWID tags directly from their users! Signing the letter simply shows that you recognize that your organization deserves better and more complete data to do a more effective job in software logistics, security and compliance!

The signing process is completed by filling out a short 10 question survey. The survey can be completed anonymously or with your companies name and/or your name. Results of this survey will be available by the time the IAITAM annual conference starts on Oct 17th in Palm Springs.

Learn more about this and other advocacy efforts at the Software Identification Summit on May 2nd in Campbell, CA -

About Pat Cicala

Pat Cicala, President and CEO of Cicala & Associates, is a fierce advocate for the software licensor. Pat has expertise in the areas of asset management, procurement, contracts, and strategic technology workplace development. Prior to forming Cicala & Associates, Pat was the Vice President and Worldwide Practice Leader for Asset Management and Procurement at Gartner Group, Inc. Prior to that, Pat was the Vice President of Worldwide Asset Management and Enterprise Vendor Relations at Citibank/Citicorp.

Pat knows what software licensors deal with on a daily basis which is why she is so emphatic about the need for software identification (SWID) tag implementation and use throughout the entire software ecosystem.

About is a certification authority for software identification tags based on the ISO/IEC 19770-2:2009 standard. Formed as a non-profit organization under IEEE-ISTO, provides a shared library of software tools, technical knowledge and communications forums that decrease the costs of creating, managing and using software identification tags. also provides a community where organizations from all spectrums of the software ecosystem can work together to solve problems for the software market that are better solved across industry foundries.’s certification process ensures SWID tags fully conform to the specification; provide a specified and detailed level of information while also ensuring that all terms used in the tag are normalized. Certified software identification tags are digitally signed and time-stamped ensuring authoritative tag data that any third party can validate. Certified software identification tags enable accurate and authoritative software identification reducing the cost and complexity and improving accuracy of software logistics, security and compliance activities for all SAM ecosystem members.

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