How do you record audits against software?

In the world of effective software inventory management there are audits. Those audits are done comparing the software to physical installations or against budget. There are audits performed when a HFE (Human Factors Engineer) analyzes your usability or those done to ensure that you have sufficient disaster recovery elements in place.

This happens every day against dozens of software applications and I have to ask the question -- where do you record this data? Does everyone have individual approaches and simply has a spreadsheet containing the data? Is it recorded anywhere?

I have to wonder where the value is in gathering data that has no reuse or exposure to the owners of the software solutions.

So I've been bouncing around an enhancement to allow certain groups to register (and report) on audits. Internally some people hate it and some love it.

What do you do?

Do you have yet another application for capturing software audits?

Do you do them at all?

Let me know.

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