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Beyond the Data Warehouse: Information Management Maturity

  Article published in DM Direct Newsletter
August 9, 2002 Issue
  By John Ladley

If you mention the term capability maturity model (CMM) to anyone connected with IT, chances are they will understand, or at least be aware, that the CMM represents a relative scale of capability for development and management of software. The entire concept of the CMM was originated at Carnegie Mellon University in the 1980s under the auspices of a U.S Air Force funded contract. Naturally, with the maturing of the data warehouse and the institutionalizing of Corporate Information Factories, there is now discussion related to a maturity spectrum for information management and business intelligence ? an information maturity model (IMM). In fact, the CMM model does address this, but only from the standpoint of supporting development and code management, i.e., traditional repository-based management of information.

The key aspect of any discussion around maturity is that IT organizations, at a grass roots level, are beginning to see that there is a predictable curve to information production and usage. What to actually do with this understanding is still elusive, but click here to read the article and find the guidance you need.

John Ladley is President of KI Solutions (formerly Knowledge InterSpace and short for Knowledge and Information Solutions,) a management consulting firm specializing in knowledge and information asset management and strategic business intelligence planning and delivery. He can be reached at

John Ladley presented his keynote address for the Online Conference and Expo. You can hear his keynote at

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