Operationalising CMMI: integrating CMMI and CoBIT perspective

Hussain Mohammed A Alfaraj, Shaowen Qin

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    Purpose: The use of capability maturity model integration (CMMI) on its own can be problematic for the organisation because it does not provide a roadmap to implementation or identification of key process improvement areas, but instead only provides the goals for each level of implementation. Addition of another framework such as control objectives for information and related technology (CoBIT) can add the required operational data, but poses some unique challenges for implementation. However, the integration of Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL), CoBIT, and ISO/IEC 22007 provides a roadmap to the integration of CMMI and CoBIT. The purpose of this paper is to discuss this co-implementation and integration of the two frameworks, as well as the underlying framework of a new proposed integration model. Design/methodology/approach: A literature review approach is used to address issues that have evolved from the empirical literature regarding the integration of CMMI and ITIL with other standards and determining whether this approach can be applied to the integration of CMMI and CoBIT as well. This literature review also provides insight into roadblocks to the implementation and structural improvements for CMMI. Findings: The literature review demonstrated that the integration of CMMI and CoBIT could potentially be performed using the same techniques used in integrating ITIL and CoBIT, which provides a valuable guideline for further research into this area. However, further work will be required in order to determine the specifics of integration. Originality/value: The paper adds to the existing literature by discussing the integration of CMMI and CoBIT and examining how these two frameworks can work together in order to create the basis for a new integration model.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)323-335
    Number of pages13
    JournalJournal of Engineering, Design and Technology
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 2011


    • CMMI
    • CoBIT
    • ITIL
    • Organizational processes
    • Process improvement approaches
    • Process management


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