CMMI Institute became a subsidiary of ISACA in 2016, and the organizations focused attention on the synergies between the current offerings in their combined suite of products. The first joint project was to map COBIT 5, with its enterprise-wide IT governance focus, to the CMMI’s Development reference model for software development and delivery.

Employing a similar approach, ISACA and CMMI Institute engaged in mapping COBIT 5 to the Data Management Maturity (DMM)SM Model. The DMM is a reference model of fundamental data management best practices. It focuses on management of data as an enterprise asset, emphasizing the ownership and activities of business line staff over the data they create and manage.

Data governance is a very important element of the DMM; 104 of the model’s 414 functional practices address approvals, decisions, and collaborative efforts concerning enterprise data. Since data governance is an important component of overall IT governance for an organization, one can view the DMM as extending the scope of COBIT to focus in detail on the data layer.

The COBIT 5/DMM Practices Pathway Tool, built in Excel for ease in navigation and end-user modification, is available for download on ISACA’s website. It is designed to be applied bi-directionally. Users of COBIT 5 can search for aligned practices in the DMM, and users of the DMM can search for aligned practices found in COBIT 5.

For instance, if starting from the DMM’s Data Quality category, the user can select a statement identifier from the DMM and retrieve COBIT-specific guidance. Conversely, if starting from the COBIT 5 Build, Acquire, and Implement domain, the user can select a specific practice and retrieve DMM-specific guidance.

(This post originally appeared on the ISACA blog, which can be viewed here).

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