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ISO Working Group Recognises Contributors to SAM Standards at IAITAM 09

This update has been provided by Steve Klos of TagVault:

This year, the IAITAM conference was held in Las Vegas from September 30th to Oct 2nd.  IAITAM did their usual great job in coordinating the event and the conference was well attended.  The conference schedule was packed with knowledgeable speakers and presentations.

During the conference, John Tomeny and I  had the privilege of recognizing the individual contributors who have made the development of these two standards possible as well as enjoyable. John and I were provided time during the Thursday opening session to recognize contributors to the OWG efforts who made significant contributions to the development of these standards and who were in attendance at the conference.  We were happy to bring these individuals up on stage in front of their peers for a well deserved round of applause and recognition of their efforts.

ISO-IEC-WG21 Recognises Contributors

WG21 Recognises Contributors

(On stage above, back row- left to right; Krzysztof ‘Chris’ Bączkiewicz, Paul ‘Doc’ Burnham, Sherry Irwin , Howard Hastings (standing behind Barbara Rembiesa), John Fulton, Kris Barker, Jenny Schuchert, Heidi Gordon , Scott Lemm, Mary Barr, Robin Trebec, Bryant Caldwell, Kathe Heyer. Front row- left to right; John Tomeny, Barbara Rembiesa, Steve Klos.)

John and I also included a special recognition for Barbara Rembiesa, President of IAITAM for the significant help IAITAM and Barbara in particular have provided to the standards development effort.  IAITAM is a category C liaison to WG21, so they are already active in standards development activities.  IAITAM has gone beyond that support though and has been very helpful to the development of SAM standards by way of providing the space and resources necessary for WG21 and the OWGs to hold meetings, give presentations and further the development of the materials required to both create and promote ISO/IEC standards in the market.  Barbara received an engraved vase thanking her and IAITAM for their support of WG 21 SAM standards development efforts.

Barbara Rembiesa, President of IAITAM, receives recognition for her work towards the standard

Barbara Rembiesa, President of IAITAM, receives recognition for her work towards the standard

Finally, I also recognized those organizations that are furthering the development of the ISO/IEC 19770-2 draft standard on software identification.  Through the formation of, Symantec, CA and ModusLink OCS are helping to advance the market acceptance of software identification as well as ensuring that the market has an effective and consistent set of process tools and certification methods that can be applied to any developed identification tags.

The members of WG 21 thank everyone who has contributed time and effort to the development of ISO/IEC SAM standards.  Further details on members of the ISO/IEC 19770-2 OWG can be found on the website and details regarding ISO/IEC 19770-3 OWG can be found on the Sassafras Software web site.

Steve Klos is Executive Director at and convener of the ‘Other Working Group’ – developing ISO/IEC 19770-2 Standard at ISO/IEC.

About Martin Thompson

Martin is owner and founder of The ITAM Review, an online resource for worldwide ITAM professionals. The ITAM Review is best known for its weekly newsletter of all the latest industry updates, LISA training platform, Excellence Awards and conferences in UK, USA and Australia.

Martin is also the founder of ITAM Forum, a not-for-profit trade body for the ITAM industry created to raise the profile of the profession and bring an organisational certification to market. On a voluntary basis Martin is a contributor to ISO WG21 which develops the ITAM International Standard ISO/IEC 19770.

He is also the author of the book "Practical ITAM - The essential guide for IT Asset Managers", a book that describes how to get started and make a difference in the field of IT Asset Management. In addition, Martin developed the PITAM training course and certification.

Prior to founding the ITAM Review in 2008 Martin worked for Centennial Software (Ivanti), Silicon Graphics, CA Technologies and Computer 2000 (Tech Data).

When not working, Martin likes to Ski, Hike, Motorbike and spend time with his young family.

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  1. John Tomeny says:

    Thanks Martin for publishing this article from Steve Klos. This was an important moment for

    Steve and me to be able to take the time to publicly recognize the great work of so many contributors in the SAM/ITAM industry toward the

    development of ISO/IEC 19770 SAM Standards.

    There are so many people who have been working hard for many years to improve our

    industry through these standards. It is notable that many of the SAM Standard working group members are also very active members of

    IAITAM. This speaks well of the strength and impact of the IAITAM organization.

    Our standards work continues. The final

    international vote on publishing the ISO/IEC 19770-2 SAM Standard for Software ID Tags is complete and the results should be announced

    any day now. We are all awaiting the outcome of that vote.

    As 19770-2 is hopefully about to be published as an international

    standard, the “Other Working Group” which is developing the ISO/IEC 19770-3 SAM Standard for Entitlement Tags has already been hard at

    work. We are open for additional volunteers.

    If you have expertise in software license entitlements, or in technical

    writing/editing, and would like to volunteer for the effort, drop me a note. I will be happy to discuss opportunities with you.

    John Tomeny
    VP, Business Development
    Sassafras Software Inc.

    IAITAM Fellow
    2007 SAM Practitioner of the Year

    Appointee to ISO/IEC WG21 for Software Asset Management
    Convener, ISO/IEC 19770-3 OWG – Software Entitlements Tag standard

  2. To connect with John to discuss

    volunteering opportunities you can either:
    contact John at,
    connect with him via the ITAM Review

    networking group or drop me a line directly.
    Thanks, Martin

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