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Training Modules

Software Inventory Training (ST05)


ST05-1: Software Inventory Engineering I

While inventory processing is focused on control and tracking of data quality, the engineering/recognition training focuses on detailed content creation for software recognition.

Target Group

  • Staff responsible for building and administration of recognition signatures and rule sets, "Recognition/Inventory Engineer" (highly specialized content)

Content/Learning Objectives

  • Understanding the strategic model, A-model (operative level of inventory processing)
  • Understanding the catalog model: How to analyze the use rights and the impact on software inventory processing
  • How to analyze and build an appropriate inventory solution
  • Identification of appropriate sources, design import data feeds (basics)
  • Details for understanding/handling signature mapping and rules design
  • Details of rules, analyzing the impact of various sources

ST05-2: Software Inventory Engineering II

This training deals with product recognition in detail. You will learn about pre-processors helping with product recognition and you will be provided with additional signature and rule information.

Target Group

  • Staff responsible for building and administration of recognition signatures and rule sets, "Recognition/Inventory Engineer" (highly specialized content)

Content/Learning Objectives

  • Get to know pre-processors that can help with product recognition
  • Learn how to implement and use "Ignore Signatures" IPP
  • Learn about recognition filters
  • Learn about signature status, clearing remarks and responsibilities

ST05-3: Software Inventory Processing and Control

Once data has been successfully loaded (see: Data Management) software inventory data will be processed. This training focuses on understanding the interpretation of raw data, the signature coverage report and corresponding action ("Software Inventory Clearing"). 


Target Group

  • SmartTrack Software Inventory Administrators, people responsible for complete/correct processing of inventory data within SmartTrack (mandatory)

Content/Learning Objectives

  • Understanding the strategic model, A-model (operative level of inventory processing)
  • Understanding the catalog model: How to analyze use rights and the impact on software inventory processing
  • General understanding/handling of signature mapping and rules design
  • Understanding/handling raw data, signature coverage, signature creation and tracking of work items (raw signatures, i.e. "Inventory Clearing")

ST05-4: Software Inventory Engineering: Extended Practice Session

This is an extended practice session to enable you to do all software inventory engineering tasks without assistance.


Target Group

  • Staff responsible for building and administration of recognition signatures and rule sets, "Recognition/Inventory Engineer" (highly specialized content)

Content/Learning Objectives

  • Trying out automatic and manual product recognition
  • Create signatures and rules
  • Learn about Metric Engine topologies, details and warnings
  • Learn how to configure more complicated Metric Engines