This column marks the third part in a series on the systems engineering capability maturity model (CMM – copyright Carnegie Mellon University). In previous installments, I have discussed the value of the CMM model and the key CMM concepts, and walked through each of the six CMM levels. In this month's column, I will apply the CMM model to data warehousing and provide you with metrics to rank your company's data warehousing efforts on CMM's six levels:

Following the descriptions of companies at the CMM levels are questionnaires. If you answer, "yes" to more than one of the questions, it is likely that your company is at the CMM level for data warehousing just described.

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