ITAM Forum launches the world’s first ISO/IEC 19770-1 certification scheme

22 February 2023
4 minute read
ISO/IEC 19770

ITAM Forum launches the world’s first ISO/IEC 19770-1 certification scheme

22 February 2023
4 minute read

It’s official. Nearly three years after the ITAM Forum was first unveiled to the industry, it has today announced the launch of the world’s first ISO/IEC 19770-1 certification scheme for IT asset management today.

Goal achieved: ISO/IEC 19770-1 certification scheme is here

The ITAM Forum was first announced in March 2020 with two founding objectives:

  1. Be a caretaker of the new organisational certification program to enable organisations to demonstrate the quality of their ITAM practices
  2. Educate and evangelise – to encourage more companies to embrace ITAM and also to attract new professionals into the industry

Clearly, establishing a new certification scheme takes a lot of work, but a poll we conducted in 2020 showed strong interest in a 19770 certification scheme, suggesting the ITAM Forum had tapped into something the industry was very much interested in. Last year the Forum announced the draft scheme was written and had reached the “validation phase,” where a number of organisations would go through the full certification process from start-to-finish, and their feedback would be used to help iron out any issues. We now know those companies were Softline Group Northern Europe and HDI Group.

Speaking today, Martin Thompson, founder of the ITAM Forum comments;

“Today marks a major milestone for the global ITAM industry and for the ITAM Forum. We have achieved one of our key objectives with help from the world-wide ITAM community. This wouldn’t have been possible without the continued work of several ITAM leaders, such as David Bickett, who have championed ITAM for decades, long before the ITAM Forum came into existence.”

Martin Thompson, ITAM Forum

First two organizations to be certified

Softline Group Northern Europe and HDI Group are the first two companies to officially gain ISO/IEC 19770-1 certification.

Ash Dharas, Managing Consultant and Practice Manager ITAM at Softline Group Northern Europe commented, “We’re thrilled to be the first organization to achieve certification. This was an important milestone for us, and I’m incredibly proud of this achievement. We’re also now well prepared to help our clients with their certification journeys, and hopefully, many will follow in our footsteps.”

Patrick Milas, License Manager for HDI Group commented, “Today is great day for HDI. We are the first end-user organization to gain ISO ITAM certification, a fantastic achievement. I would like to thank all of my colleagues who helped make this happen and TIMETOACT Group for its support and guidance. I encourage all companies that engage in ITAM to explore the business benefits of ISO certification.”

Martin’s closing comments, “I would like to personally thank Softline Group Northern Europe and HDI for their leadership and vision and for helping to bring this certification scheme to life. Without their hard work in going through the extensive certification process, we wouldn’t be able to share this great news today. More companies are undergoing the certification process right now, so we hope to soon announce more certifications.”

Organizations interested in exploring ISO/IEC 19770-1 certification can now register their interest.

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