Software product items let you manage the details that are related to the software products and their different versions in your environment.
You can create a single software product item and associate it with several different versions of the same software. For example, you can associate both Norton Ghost 15.2 and Norton Ghost 15.3 SP2 with a software product item Norton Ghost 15. When these different versions are reported, they are consolidated for the software product named Norton Ghost 15.
When you create a software product item, you specify its name, description, company, and category. After you create a software product, you make associations between the software product, a software resource (also called a software component), and a software license. Creating these associations lets you identify how many copies of a given software product you have in your environment. You can compare the number of copies with the number of the software licenses that you own.
This task is a step in the process for managing your software license compliance on the Asset Management Solution pages.