ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 7 Software and systems engineering is a standardization subcommittee of the Joint Technical Committee ISO/IEC JTC 1 of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), that develops and facilitates standards within the field of engineering of software products and systems. Working Group 21 (WG21) carries out specific tasks in standards development in the area of Information Technology Asset Management.  

The mission of ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 7 is to:

  • Provide quality standards that cover the entire life-cycle of information systems
  • Provide quality standards that meet user needs in broad markets
  • Manage the set of standards effectively through documented framework
  • Promote the use of standards by providing supporting materials
  • Provide leadership in standardization through:
    • A continuous technology watch process using Study Groups to explore new areas and markets
    • The development of a comprehensive set of integrated standards with broad international and professional consensus
    • Initiating cooperative work with international professional and standards producing organizations
    • A framework that:
      • Facilitates the integration and sub-contracting of standards developed in other standards producing organizations
      • Facilitates cooperative development of joint standards with other international standards producing organizations
      • Minimizes the inconsistencies between ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 7 standards, including those developed by other standards producing organizations

The ALN supports the New Work Item Proposal (NWIP) for a Management System Standard for IT asset management systems. The new revised and consolidated standard set as proposed (Information technology – IT asset management – IT asset management systems – Requirements [expected to be numbered ISO/IEC 19770-1:201x]) will align to the new ISO 55000 Asset Management Standards which the ALN deems the overarching set of asset management system standards for all asset management business practices. Aligning the IT asset management standards to the ISO 55000 will provide an enterprise approach and help eliminate the historical siloes approach to asset management based upon business and asset types.

The ALN recognizes the significance of the revisions proposed and that a more clearly defined IT asset management approach will support our global and domestic market initiatives to align asset management best practices to the ISO 55000 Asset Management standards so that all organizations can demonstrate their abilities to establish an overarching asset management system that realizes value from their assets as outlined in the ISO 55000 standards.

To read our full response to the committee’s request for comment, click here:

ALN Comments on IT Asset Management Systems – MSS Justification Study