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IT users hail new software asset standard

A new standard in software asset management has been welcomed by the IT user community.

Last week the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) launched the ISO/IEC 19770-1 Software Asset Management Standard to establish a baseline for an integrated set of processes and policies for software management. 

Ray Titcombe, chairman of the IBM Computer Users’ Association, said, “It’s overdue for the IT industry to have a standard method for measuring software assets. Fifty per cent of disputes with suppliers originate around software and its use.”

Investors in Software, an independent organisation representing consultants in software asset management, laid the groundwork for the ISO standard. This followed close co-operation with the leaders in IT Infrastructure Library, a common approach to IT management.

Shaun Fröhlich, chairman of Investors in Software, said, “We wanted to achieve consensus on software asset management to help with governance and consistency as well as compliance with licensing.

“Vendors want to collect revenue – that’s their prerogative – but it does not necessarily make them a safe place to go when you’re trying to get things in order.”


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