Learning about SAM terminology can be challenging. I tend to process new terms from the perspective of my past 15 years of experience in the Windows systems management space. I think we all tend to operate in that fashion. For example, when I hear inventory I immediately think about the ConfigMgr client inventory process.
In the SAM world, inventory refers to a list or report of assets that the organization has in its stock. Here are some examples of inventories included in SAM :
- Software definitive master – this is the installation source software that you receive when you originally purchase the software license.
- Software builds and releases – in-house developed software or software that was purchased but packaged in house.
- Software License Agreements – contract describing terms and conditions for rights to use a software product that is copyrighted intellectual property owned by the publisher.