Replication should allow the Inv_Software_Component table to be replicated in both directions.
In SMP 7.0 SP5 + CMS 7.0 SP2 MR3, the Inv_Software_Component table is replicated down the hierarchy by default via the "Software Resource Summary replication" rule.
Adding this table to a rule that goes up the hierarchy is not viable option as Symantec currently does not recommend that the same item be replicated in both directions, as this will cause duplicates to be created in both the Child and Parents databases.
As the "Add or Remove Programs Search report" relies on a column within that table, this report doesn't display the same data on the Parent as it does on the Child, as its data isn't being replicated up the hierarchy.
Replication merging should be improved so that this table can be safely replicated in both directions.