The Business Software Alliance (BSA) has launched an industry training course and certification scheme based on the ISO/IEC 19770-1 SAM Standard.
Breaking 19770-1 into Manageable Chunks
I think this is the best thing to happen to ISO/IEC 19770-1.
The whole purpose of a standard is to offer common ground for the industry to measure itself against.
Without a standard industry players work in isolation. For example if you adopted the Microsoft SAM approach and made some good progress it might be completed ignored by Symantec, or if you worked with a SAM partner your work might be ignored by Adobe and so on. A standard provides an independent yardstick without commercial bias.
Benefits of this initiative by the BSA:
Reaching Critical Mass
I wish the BSA luck in pushing this forward and gaining traction. They have the issue to overcome of being seen purely as an enforcement agency compared to other SAM training organisations. Perhaps they have learnt from Microsoft’s experiences with promoting SAM (that beating companies with a stick doesn’t cut it) and have begun their transformation into a more proactive organisation with a modern message. It would be good to see Oracle LMS validate or at least recognise SAM Advantage (The largest vendor absent from the BSA member list).
The program offers a tiered approach that allows organisations to progress at their own pace with alignment to their unique requirements:
Commenting on the news, David Bicket, Convener of ISO/IEC JTC1 SC7 WG21, responsible for SAM standards said “Having a SAM program aligned to the global ISO standard really sets SAM Advantage apart, offering an effective solution to managing software, balancing costs and reducing risks. Becoming certified as a CSMP can also increase an individual’s value within the industry and enhance their credibility as a software asset manager.”