The new standard was published in April 2016, so what does it mean to ITAM and how can we make use of it?
What is -3?
“(-3)…provides a technical definition of an XML schema that can encapsulate the details of software entitlements, including usage rights, limitations and metrics.
The primary intentions of 19770-3 are:
- To provide a basis for common terminology to be used when describing entitlement rights, limitations and metrics
- To provide a schema which allows effective description of rights, limitations and metrics attaching to a software license.”
In summary, -3 tags are machine readable entitlement. Which means lower cost, less admin and more clarity around licensing.
Jason provides an overview of how -3 tags can be used and why every organization should be insisting, via RFPs, that their software publishers should include -3 tags. Jason argues that the provision of -3 entitlement tags can be a useful discussion point and bargaining chip in software contract negotiations.
This podcast is also available as a video below.
Podcast Episode 27
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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