Software Entitlement Schema

An Introduction to the Standard

The ISO/IEC 19770-3 standard for software entitlement tags is designed to integrate with ISO/IEC 19770-2, the standard for software identification tags.

The expectation is that software entitlement tags will not provide an interpretation of a software entitlement contract, but rather will specify how license consumption can be measured using automated means.  This will be accomplished by providing:

  • Metrics that must be collected from computing devices
  • Measures against which, the metrics are compared
  • Additional grants or limits placed on the entitlement

By providing specific details about what must be tracked in order to reconcile software entitlements, the expectation is that the software asset management (SAM, also regularly referred to as ITAM) process can be automated and become much more accurate and useful to organizations, with a much lower administrative overhead.

The State of the ENT Standard

Jason Keogh, from 1E, is the current editor of the 19770-3  standard and the standard has been approved to be submitted as a draft international standard (DIS) which means that it is distributed to the various world-wide standards organizations for a 5-month review and vote to determine if it provides the information required by industry.  There is a great deal of support for this standard and the capabilities it will provide to the industry and if the current trajectory is maintained, the standard is expected to be formally approved and published in 2015.

For additional information, please contact Jason Keogh.