19770-3 is approved to move to publication!

The Final Draft of the international standard, ISO/IEC 19770-3 was approved by the International Community in February of 2016.  This means that the standard moves to an ISO editorial process to ensure it meets all formatting, editorial and other documentation requirements.  The standard will be published soon

When published, the front matter of the standard can be found here – https://www.iso.org/obp/ui/#search.  Just type in 19770-3 and click on the standard to see the first few sections of the standard.

In the meantime, the following is the introduction to the standard.  The following material is from the ISO/IEC 19770-3 standard and is provided for reference only.  Some text may change prior to the standard being published, so this is informational only.

Introduction to ISO/IEC 19770-3 From the Standard

This part of ISO/IEC 19770 provides a technical definition of a schema that can encapsulate the details of software entitlements, including usage rights, limitations and metrics.

The primary intentions of this part of ISO/IEC 19770 are

  1. to provide a basis for common terminology to be used when describing entitlement rights, limitations and metrics, and
  2. to provide a schema which allows effective description of rights, limitations and metrics attaching to a software license.

The specific information provided by an entitlement schema (Ent) may be used to help ensure compliance with license rights and limits, to optimize license usage and to control costs. Though Ent creators are encouraged to provide the data that allow for the automatic processing, it is not mandated that data be automatically measurable. The data structure is intended to be capable of containing any kind of terms and conditions included in a software license agreement.

This part of ISO/IEC 19770 supports software asset management (SAM) processes as defined in ISO/IEC 19770-1. It is also designed to work together with software identification tags as defined in ISO/IEC 19770-2. Standardization in the field of software entitlements provides uniform, measurable data for both the license compliance, and license optimization, processes of SAM practice.

This part of ISO/IEC 19770 does not provide requirements or recommendations for processes related to software asset management or Ents. The software asset management processes are within the scope of ISO/IEC 19770-1.

This part of ISO/IEC 19770 has been developed with the following practical principles in mind.

  • Maximum possible usability with legacy entitlement information. The Ent or software entitlement schema, is intended to provide the maximum possible usability with existing entitlement information, including all historical licensing transactions. While the specifications provide many opportunities for improvement in entitlement processes and practices, they should also able to handle existing licensing transactions without imposing requirements which would prevent such transactions being codified into Ent records.
  • Maximum possible alignment with ISO/IEC 19770-2. This part of ISO/IEC 19770 (entitlement schema) is intended to align closely with part ISO/IEC 19770-2 (software identification tags). This should facilitate both understanding and their joint use.

It is intended that this standardized schema will be of benefit to all stakeholders involved in the creation, licensing, distribution, release, installation and ongoing management of software and software entitlements.

  • Benefits to software licensors who provide Ents include, but are not limited to:
    • immediate software consumer recognition of details of the usage rights derived from their software entitlement;
    • ability to specify details to customers that allow software assets to be measured and reported for license compliance purposes;
    • increased awareness of software license compliance issues on the part of end-customers;
    • improved software consumer relationships through quicker and more effective license compliance audits.
  • Benefits to SAM tool providers, deployment tool providers, resellers, resellers, software packagers and release managers include, but are not limited to:
    • receipt of consistent and uniform data from software licensors and Ent creators;
    • more consistent and structured entitlement information, supporting the use of automatedtechniques to determine the need for remediation of software licensing;
    • improved reporting from additional categorization made possible by the use of Ents;
    • improved SAM tool entitlement reconciliation capabilities resulting from standardization in location and format of software entitlement data;
    • ability to deliver value added functionality for compliance management through the consumption of entitlement data.
  • The benefits for software consumers, SAM practitioners, IT support professionals and end-users include, but are not limited to:
    • receipt of consistent and uniform data from software licensors, resellers and SAM tools providers;
    • more consistent and structured entitlement information supporting the use of automated techniques to determine the need for remediation of software licensing;
    • improved reporting from additional categorization made possible by the use of Ents;
    • improved SAM and software license compliance capabilities stemming from standardized, software licensor-supplied, ISO/IEC 19770-2 software identification tags to reconcile with these Ents;
    • improved ability to avoid software license under-procurement or over-procurement with subsequent cost optimization;
    • standardized usage across multiple platforms, rendering heterogeneous computing environments more manageable.