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.
This standard was published in 2016 and is supported by software asset management tool vendors that recognize that the only accurate data for software entitlements must be provided by the software vendor directly.
This standard is now defined as a mandatory standard in the DoD Information Technology Standards Registry (DISR).