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Introduction to the software module


With computer parks that are constantly growing, and the number of software required for organisations exploding, along with the complexity of deployment, whether it be installations on computers, servers, subscriptions, it can be a nightmare to track this puzzle. However, this tracking is critical in order to stay compliant with vendor policies. Without this tracking, organizations run the risk of audits, fines, legal action or even lawsuits.

Thankfully, Hector has everything you need to budget, plan purchases and renewals, and have a high level overview of software utilization in your organization, without spending weeks gathering the data.

Activate the Software module in your instance

In order to get started, you will need to activate the software module in your instance, as it is turned off by default. You must be an administrator to perform this step.

Once the module is activated, a link towards the Software section will be visible in the main menu of the application.


The module is split into three distinct sections.

  • Software
  • Purchases
  • Assets
  • Software

The first section is the list of all the software you have in your computer park that you wish to track. All software, whether they were purchased perpetually or as part of a subscription, can be created and tracked in Hector. Software versions will also help you track software as manufacturers release new versions, requiring you to purchase additional licenses/seats.

Learn more by reading our main article on creating software and versions.


The second section is a list of all purchases you’ve done over time. Purchases are very important, as they help you track licenses/seats or subscriptions that you’ve added in your organisation over time. Software purchases will help you evaluate in real time your spend versus your budget as well as having an exact idea of the number of licenses you have in the field.

Learn more by reading our main article on creating software purchases.


Finally, the assets section represent actual licenses you have out in the field. Having this list is critical to knowing who has licenses or subscriptions, they do they expire or due for renewal and are you in compliance with vendor requirements. Assets can be assigned to users, inventory assets and places.

Learn more by reading our main article on assigning software.

Updated on February 22, 2020

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