One of the longest serving expert groups in the joint technical committee set up by IEC and ISO develops standards for software products and systems. The experts in JTC 1/SC 7 produce generic standards that are technology agnostic and independent of the application domain.
These standards cover the processes, supporting tools and supporting technologies for the engineering of software products and systems. They focus principally on process models and good practices (methods and techniques).
Nowadays, software is practically ubiquitous. Almost all businesses and industries rely on specific software to carry out their daily operations.
This is central to the process of digital transformation. The integration of digital technology into all areas of business is changing the way that organizations operate and deliver value.
SC 7 calls this process the “software‐ization” (sic) of automation, IoT and artificial intelligence. The overarching goal of the subcommittee’s standardization work is to support the evolution of very large and interacting software platform ecosystems and data.
In this context, the group has identified a number of priority areas for standardization. These include:
- Modifications of existing standards to incorporate Agile and DevOps in software and systems engineering processes
- Re-packaging of our product line and products to reach a wider audience
- New or revised standards in the acquisition, development, evolution, asset management and sustainment of support of software and systems, including systems of systems and product lines
- Standards for Interoperability and Interfaces between systems
- Standards that are usable by organizations of various sizes
- Standards for engineering of autonomous systems
- Standards for the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Testing and the testing of AI systems
SC 7 has further established a number of study groups in order to scout trends to keep pace with digital transformation. The topics they cover range from quantum computing to new and more agile ways to develop standards.
To date, SC 7 has published 197 standards with a further 33 under development.
This blog post is based on the presentation that JTC 1/SC 7 Chair Sundeep Oberoi gave to the IEC Standardization Management Board (SMB) at their meeting in New Delhi last month.