ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 7 was first established in 1987, though the origins of the subcommittee began with ISO/TC 97, established in 1960 as a standardization technical committee in the field of information processing. With the formation of ISO/IEC JTC 1 in 1987, ISO/TC 97 and IEC/TC 83 were combined to form ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 7, Software Engineering. In 2000, the subcommittee changed its title from Software Engineering to its current title, Software and Systems Engineering. ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 7 held its first plenary in Paris, France in 1987.
As of July 2015[update], the next plenary meeting will be in Suzhou, China, in May 2016.