Software Classification panel

9.2.7 Available from 9.2.7. Software Classification panel provides an overview of your software inventory and the relations between the discovered software components and licensable products. It provides a flat structure with software installations broken into single components, which makes it easier to view your software assets and manage relations between them.

Note: The Software Classification panel replaced the IBM Software Classification report and is the only integrated place to manage the discovered software components and their relations with licensed products.


Permission You must have the Manage Software Classification permission to view the panel and classify software. To view some additional columns related to computers on which the components are installed, you also need the View Endpoints permission.

Panel overview

Before you start working with the discovered components, see the details of the Software Classification panel to understand the available options and columns.
Software Classification panel

The Software Classification report is one of the most crucial reports in BigFix Inventory. You can view your software assets and manage relations between them. The software classification is reflect on the All IBM Metrics report and thus, ensures the currency and accuracy of the audit snapshot.


Apart from the options that are available in the menu, you can also create custom rules to automatize the software classification process. For more information, see: Creating and managing custom rules

Report columns

The list of the default columns is limited. However, you can customize the report view and add or remove the columns according to your needs by using the Configure View option, under the Configure menu.

For more information about the columns, see: Report columns

Default columns
  • Component Name shows components that were discovered on your computers.
  • Component Detailed Version shows the version of the software component that is installed on the computer. For more information, refer to Component Detailed Version.
  • Version shows version of the component.
  • Product Name shows products under which the components are licensed based on the software catalog.
  • Metric shows license metric that is assigned to the product.
  • Computer Name shows the computer where a component was discovered.
  • Installation Path shows details about an installation path of products.
    10.0.12 If the installation path is provided by any matched detection except package (file, a software identification tag or an extended signature), then package path is not taken into account as instance installation path. If the installation path is not provided by any matched detection except package, then the package installation path is shown as the instance installation path.
    Note: Before BigFix Inventory version 10.0.2, installation path was available only for IBM products. From version 10.0.2 and higher, installation path is available for all products.
  • Details shows details, such as publisher, component, installation path, and signatures. 10.0.2 Starting from version 10.0.2, the details view shows only matched detection. It does not show signatures that does not match. If a product has been installed in different locations, the details view shows only the relevant path of the selected row. It also includes a link with a complete list of signatures.

    10.0.12 The Details panel includes Package Installation Path and Package Installation Date details for matched Windows package data.

Additional columns not enabled by default
  • Always Not Charged indicates whether a component is always not charged.
  • Bundling Tag Used shows whether the product assignment is based on a bundling tag.
  • Charged indicates whether the component is charged, or not charged based on its license.
  • Comment shows a comment that was entered while excluding, or suppressing the software instance from pricing calculations.
  • Component Tags are defined on the Software Components panel. These tags are common for all discovered instances of the same component.
  • Computer Deletion Date shows the date and time when the computer stopped being discovered, for example because the computer was removed from the infrastructure, the data source was removed, or the BigFix client was uninstalled.
  • Confirmed indicates whether the software classification was manually confirmed.
  • Discovery End indicates when the component instance was reported for the last time. If the component is still detected, the column shows <n/a>.
  • Discovery Start indicates when the component instance was reported for the first time.
  • 9.2.11 End of Support indicates the date when the software component reaches EOS (End of Support). For information about how to change the date, see: Changing end of support date. 10.0.4 The EOS date of Microsoft products, such as Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft Excel, Windows OS, and Visual Studio has been updated. The EOS of non-IBM components has also been updated. The updated EOS of the Microsoft products have been merged with the non-IBM components.
  • 9.2.13 Vulnerability Risk (Preview) shows Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVEs) that were matched with the particular software component through its detailed version. The column can contain multiple values that are displayed after expanding. For more information about CVEs, see: Preview: Checking Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVEs).
  • Excluded indicates whether the product on a particular computer is currently excluded from pricing calculations.
  • 9.2.13 FlexPoint Bundle shows the FlexPoint bundle to which the product is assigned.
  • IBM-provided Bundling Option indicates whether the product has the selected component listed as a bundling option in the software catalog provided by IBM.
  • Imported Part Numbers shows the part numbers that you imported to BigFix Inventory.
  • Instance Tags are discovered for individual instances of a software. These tags are independent from component tags in catalog. Discovered tags are set by using the dedicated option.
  • One to One indicates whether the product to which the component is currently assigned is the only bundling option that is available in the software catalog.
  • Present indicates whether the component instance is currently installed.
  • Shared indicates whether a component instance is shared between multiple products.
  • Suppressed indicates whether the component is currently suppressed from the inventory. For more information on suppression, see Excluding and suppressing software instances.
    Note: With improvements for ISO SWID tags processing in versions 10.0.2 and 10.0.4, BigFix Inventory is capable to read information from most ISO SWID tags released by vendors. This includes the ability to recover from issues within the tag itself.

    Reporting of software through ISO SWID tags is not normalized and the reports are shown as usual. Currently, the following ISO SWID tags were identified that results in duplicate discovery of existing software catalog entries with below names:

    • with the published defined as: Adobe Systems Incorporated
    • with the published defined as: Microsoft Corporation
    • with the component name of: Red Hat Enterprise Linux

    10.0.4 Starting from version 10.0.4, predefined custom rules have been created to suppress the duplicate discovery of software which have been already discovered once. 10.0.9 With version 10.0.9, the issue of not marking already discovered software have been addressed. In future releases, there might be added capability to reject ISO SWID tags overlapping with catalog content.

  • 10.0.5 Product Publisher Name indicates the name of the publisher of a product that a software instance is assigned to. The column is empty if no product assigned.
  • Uninstall Supported identifies software instances for which minimum criteria for automatic uninstallation are met.


You can adjust the view by sorting the displayed data by as many columns as you need. To sort the data by multiple columns, hold SHIFT, and click the columns. The column you choose first takes precedence in sorting. Other columns are sorted in the order of the selection. In this way, if the data in a single column is the same (for example, BigFix Platform Agent), you can choose another column to further sort it by (for example, by version and product name).

To clear a sorted column, hold CTRL or CMD on Mac, and click on this column. To clear all, click any of the columns.
To simplify your actions, you can select multiple items at once. To select multiple components:
  • Hold CTRL, or CMD on Mac, to add another item to the current selection.
  • Hold SHIFT and select two items to extend the selection to all items in between (any previous selection is canceled).
  • Select all instances by using CTRL + A, or CMD + A on Mac.
Restriction: You can select up to 250 000 components at once.


Currently, the Software Classification panel has the following limitations:
  • When you exclude, or suppress instances, the notification informs you whether the action was successful or not. However, the notification does not provide the number of instances affected, or any further details.
  • When you exclude multiple products or products on multiple computers, the exclusion window lists these items separately. The order does not reflect the relation between the computer and the product. The lists are limited to display up to three items.
  • When you reassign the component to the different release of the same product, and this component is currently assigned to the excluded release of the product, the exclusion flag is not cleared.
  • If you created and saved a custom report filtered by Exclusion Status in the versions before 9.2.6, the report is not replicated when you upgrade to the newest version of BigFix Inventory.
  • <Before 10.0.2> Installation path is provided only for IBM products.
  • When you reach the limit of unique custom rules, and create an additional rule without applying a different filter, or refreshing the Software Classification panel view, the additional rule is added.
  • When you sort components by metric, components with the same metrics are grouped together, but metrics are not sorted alphabetically.
  • Going to the first and last row by using the HOME and END keys is not supported.