This article discusses Technopedia Software Eligibility.
What Is Eligible?
In general, Technopedia customers can see or request to capture software products from various categories and sources in Technopedia. There are only a handful of items that Technopedia will not capture, unless there are valid reasons otherwise (subject to the discretion of Flexera).
Some examples of reasons that otherwise ineligible software would be included:
Defined lifecycle dates
Published support policy
License management implications
Software vulnerability implications
Typical deployment on a machine separate from where its core product is deployed
Any significant changes to these criteria will be communicated in advance using the Content Notification process.
What Is Ineligible?
The following is the list of items that Technopedia generally avoids collecting unless they have any of the following characteristics: defined lifecycle dates, a published support policy, license management implications, software vulnerability implications, or deployment on a different machine than their core product. Exceptions may be made at Flexera’s discretion, particularly if the software has identifying discoverable evidence.
Service packs including language packs, security packs, compatibility packs, hotfixes, patches, update sets, and knowledge base components – however, the specific case of service packs (not hotfixes, etc.) for operating systems IS eligible.
Software Development Kits (SDK), Toolkits, and APIs Add-ins, plug-ins, JAR files, libraries, extensions, and other miscellaneous extras and options
Software products that are not listed in its manufacturer's official references, including software titles used as internal/unofficial references
Helper and documentation applications (including installers/uninstallers, setup files, help files, help applications, wizards, MSI installers, etc)
Portlets, servlets, applets, Java web-starts (JavaWS), and most java-related components such as Java applets and scripts with extensions .java, .jar, .js, .jsp, .json
Websites, web pages, and any other web interfaces that simply serve as a front end to a service. However, Technopedia does capture software as a service (SaaS) products, including client applications of cloud-based software offerings. Specifically, for SaaS, there are distinctive criteria that set them apart from simple websites/web pages such as:
The application and data are hosted externally where patches and upgrades are deployed transparently
Frequently accessible via custom-built apps installed on Internet connected devices such as desktops, mobile phones
Data is stored in a cloud/cloud-like infrastructure
Multitenancy where the application layer and sometimes the application itself is different for each tenant
Hardware drivers and/or hardware-specific firmware unless they represent operating systems
Software features or capabilities that are marketed as part of the main software title unless they are independently discoverable or have additional licensing requirements
Mobile applications unless they are independently discoverable or are associated with a SaaS product
Customer internally developed software applications
Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS) virtualized/containerized solutions that can be deployed either on public cloud instances (Amazon, Azure, etc.) or private cloud (VMWare, OpenStack, etc.) are not eligible for our regular software capture in Technopedia.
Hardware devices are not eligible for inclusion in the software catalog with the exception for a few security related virtual technologies (i.e. firewalls, vulnerability shield servers, intrusion prevention devices, etc.).