The working group (WG21) supporting the SAM process standard for Software Asset Management (ISO/IEC19770-1:2006) is proposing to break implementation of the standard into manageable chunks to aid successful implementation.
Krzysztof (Chris) Baczkiewicz states; “Many people like the Part-1 outcomes, saying they are a strong basis, but too much to handle in one step”
The group proposes a modular approach:
1. Trustworthy Data – (I know what I have and I’m compliant)
2. Control Environment – (I have controls in place to manage my IT Assets)
3. Key Operation Processes – (I have core processes embedded in my business e.g. Contract management, Procurement, Deployment and Retirement)
4. Full Conformance (I tick all the boxes and enjoy lasting benefits of ISO/IEC 19770-1)
To offer your feedback and participate in the trials visit the official WG21 site here.
Further details are also on the BSA site as part of their new BSA SAM Advantage program.
About Martin Thompson
Martin is also author of the book "Practical ITAM - The essential guide for IT Asset Managers", a book that describes how to get started and make a difference in the field of IT Asset Management.
On a voluntary basis Martin is a contributor to ISO WG21 which develops the ITAM International Standard ISO/IEC 19770.
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