Now we have the latest version of this study, with up-to-date information for 2015.
Quality is free, but only to those who are willing to pay heavily for it.
— Tom DeMarco, Timothy Lister. Peopleware: Productive Projects and Teams. New York: Dorset House, 1987.
A couple of years ago I published an entry regarding what is CMMI and how are distributed the certifications of this popular quality model around the world. Nowadays, there have been many changes in the process itself and the publication of the results by the SEI, so it seems aproppriate to explain some points relevant to this version:
• CMMI has evolved not only to diagnose the processes of management or development of products and services. There are currently six “constellations” that detect the level of maturity in other areas within the organization:
- CMMI-DEV: focused on product development.
- CMMI-SVC: for definition, delivery and management of services.
- CMMI-ACQ: emphasizes the acquisition of products and services from third parties.
- CMMI-DEV+IPPD: model that evaluates the development of industrial products and services, using good practices from the Integrated Product and Process Development – IPPD. This is a model used by system integrators such as Boeing, General Dynamics or Raytheon.
- CMMI-SVC+SSD: for deployment of call centers, software for quality management or consulting services based on systems that are part of software as a service.
- People CMM: focused on managing and developing the workforce of the organization.
• Because of the different types of evaluations, some companies may have more than one active certification. For example, the Mexican company Taak Corporativo [assessment 17013, valid until August 10, 2014] has two certifications: one based on the CMMI-DEV v1.3 model (software development) and another based on the CMMI-SVC v1.3 model (consulting services). For purposes of this analysis, both assessments are accounted for separately.
• Again, there are many certifications shared between different countries through the integration of globalized services and business models where suppliers are outsourced around the world. A representative example is taken by the Indian company Tata Consultancy Services Limited [assessment 15250, effective until December 8, 2013] which has distributed business units among India, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, China, the United States, Hungary, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, the United Kingdom, South Africa and Uruguay. On this study, the evaluation for each country is accounted for separately, as the certification includes an assessment of each business unit independently.
• The appraisal results page by the SEI now includes a filter by country. However, care must be taken with the assessments presented, because clearly there are some errors in the distribution of certificates. For example, if we look for certifications of Jamaica, the page shows a certification awarded to Infosys Technologies Limited. Closer inspection allows us to realize due to a typographical error, this company which is from India, is incorrectly attributed to Jamaica.
• Just like the previous version, some evaluations have a CMMI level 1 (chaotic). While they are published on the appraisal results page, these are not accounted for in the study. On the other hand, there are certifications that do not provide the level of the evaluation, or due to customer requirement, the level is not published. These certifications are not considered in the count.
Who is certified?
As of July 17, 2012, there were 4,031 active certifications around the world, spread across 84 countries. This represents an increase of just over 14% annually in the number of certifications from 2010 (3,135 certifications). The medal table is shown below:
|United Arab Emirates||1||6||1||8|
Again, interesting situations arise from the numbers obtained:
• The top ten with certifications is composed by the same countries that represent some of the largest economies in the world:
|Growth||Change in ranking|
|Rest of the World||606||519||17%|
The most significant changes over the 2010 version took place in China, Korea and Mexico, as they grew in number of certifications by 44%, 42% and 34% respectively. By contrast, France lost 5 certifications because these were not renewed.
• For Level 5 certifications, India remains to be the country with more maturity in their organizations; Korea is tied with Spain for the fifth place, now there are four Latin American countries included in the top ten and there is a tie between four nations for the 9th position and four for the 10th spot:
|5. Korea, South
|9. United Kingdom
|Rest of the World||27||21||6|
• Latin America keeps moving ahead with a sustained increase from 280 to 316 certifications. The region is still dominated by Brazil and Mexico with 62% of the region’s total, but the surprise here is Colombia, who went from 18 to 28 certifications in less than two years. We also have to celebrate that Cuba has acquired its first certification, however for now it is only for academic purposes.
• The United States and Canada have grown in number of certifications from 702 to 888 altogether. This represents an increase of 26% since 2010.
• Europe groups together 406 certifications, from which not surprisingly, Spain has almost 38%. Its closest competitors include France, the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy and Portugal, however these nations are well below the massive participation shown by the Iberian country, for while the latter included 22 new certifications since 2010, the rest of the continent only contributed with 13 additional certifications.
• Sub-Saharan Africa remains to be the last region from them all, with a growth from 5 to 8 certifications assigned to South Africa, Angola, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi and Mauritius.
• By contrast, the Islamic world is emerging as a new player, with 137 certifications under its belt, almost doubling the 78 it had in 2010. Countries with more certifications in this group include Malaysia, Egypt, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Jordan.
• Australia and New Zealand have decreased from 11 to 8 certifications altogether, almost all of them attributed to operational support organizations and manufacture of embedded systems.
• Russia has increased the number of certifications from 4 to 7, almost all acquired by financial and research and development organizations.
• Finally, as expected, growth is focused on Asia, from 1718 to 2248 certifications. Of particular importance we have China, India, Japan and South Korea, which have 93% of the certifications from this region.
♫ Mexico lindo y querido… ♫
Mexico comprises 94 certifications, of which four are shared with Colombia, the United States and India. The list includes two certifications that are not being recorded, as the CMMI level with which they were certified is not known:
|LINK TECHNOLOGIES S.A.P.I. DE C.V.||CMMI-DEV v1.2(Continuous)||Restricted||Monterrey|
|Interfases y Sistemas Electronicos, S.A. de C.V. (INTERSEL)||CMMI-DEV v1.2(Continuous)||NA||Hermosillo|
|Hildebrando S.A. de C.V.||CMMI-DEV v1.2(Staged)||5||Mexico City, Queretaro, Aguascalientes|
|IBM (Application Management Services Mexico)||CMMI-DEV v1.2(Staged)||5||Guadalajara|
|PRAXIS DE MEXICO, S.A. DE C.V.||CMMI-DEV v1.2(Staged)||5||Mexico City|
|PSL S.A.||CMMI-DEV v1.3(Staged)||5||Mexico City, Medellin (Colombia)|
|QuarkSoft S.A. de C.V.||CMMI-DEV v1.3(Staged)||5||Mexico City, Zacatecas, Leon, Aguascalientes|
|Tata Consultancy Services Limited||CMMI-SVC+SSD v1.2(Staged)||5||Mexico City, Hyderabad (India)|
|ULTRASIST S.A. de C. V.||CMMI-DEV v1.3(Staged)||5||Mexico City|
|SERVICIOS TELEPRO S.A. de C.V.||CMMI-DEV v1.3(Staged)||4||Mexico City|
|Accenture||CMMI-DEV v1.2(Staged)||3||Mexico City|
|AD INFINITUM S.A. de C.V.||CMMI-DEV v1.2(Staged)||3||Monterrey|
|AsTecI S.A. de C.V.||CMMI-DEV v1.2(Staged)||3||Queretaro|
|Brain Up Systems S.A. de C.V.||CMMI-SVC v1.2(Continuous)||3||Mexico City|
|Business Intelligent Software S.A.P.I. de C.V.||CMMI-DEV v1.2(Continuous)||3||Culiacan|
|Coppel SA de CV||CMMI-DEV v1.2(Continuous)||3||Culiacan|
|D&T Tecnologia S de RL de CV||CMMI-DEV v1.2(Staged)||3||Guadalajara, Celaya|
|DESARROLLADORA HOMEX S.A. DE C.V||CMMI-DEV v1.2(Staged)||3||Culiacan|
|Expert Sistemas Computacionales S.A. de C.V.||CMMI-DEV v1.2(Staged)||3||Monterrey|
|Expresion Informativa y Tecnicas Organizadas, S.A. de C.V.||CMMI-SVC v1.2(Continuous)||3||Los Mochis|
|GONET Mexico S.A. de C.V.||CMMI-DEV v1.3(Staged)||3||Mexico City, Monterrey, Cd. Obregon, Cuernavaca|
|IBM AMS Mexico (GNP Account)||CMMI-DEV v1.2(Staged)||3||Mexico City|
|IBM AMS Mexico (Modelo Account)||CMMI-DEV v1.2(Staged)||3||Mexico City|
|IDS COMERCIAL||CMMI-DEV v1.2(Staged)||3||Mexico City|
|ImagenSoft by Imagen y Sistemas Computacionales, S.C.||CMMI-SVC v1.2(Continuous)||3||Los Mochis|
|INNOX-Innovacion Inteligente S. de R.L. de C.V.||CMMI-DEV v1.2(Staged)||3||Guadalajara, Zacatecas|
|Intellego SC||CMMI-DEV v1.3(Staged)||3||Mexico City|
|Intelligent Network Technologies S.A. de C.V.||CMMI-DEV v1.2(Staged)||3||Saltillo|
|Logica Interactiva S.A. de C.V.||CMMI-DEV v1.2(Staged)||3||Tijuana, Cd. Juarez|
|MEDISIST SA DE CV||CMMI-DEV v1.2(Staged)||3||Guadalajara|
|NOVUTEK S.C.||CMMI-DEV v1.3(Staged)||3||Cd. Obregon|
|PROCETI CONSULTORES S.A DE C.V.||CMMI-DEV v1.2(Staged)||3||Monterrey|
|Qualtop SA de CV||CMMI-SVC v1.3(Continuous)||3||Guadalajara, Los Mochis, Culiacan|
|Schneider Electric India Pvt Ltd||CMMI-SVC v1.3(Staged)||3||Monterrey, Bengaluru (India)|
|Servicios Estrategicos OPTA SMART S.A. de C.V.||CMMI-DEV v1.2(Staged)||3||Monterrey|
|SOL SER SISTEM S.A DE C.V.||CMMI-DEV v1.2(Staged)||3||Queretaro|
|SYTECSO, S.A. de C.V||CMMI-DEV v1.2(Staged)||3||Monterrey|
|Taak Corporativo (Product development and implementation projects)||CMMI-DEV v1.3(Staged)||3||Guadalajara|
|TSI ARYL S. de R.L. de C.V.||CMMI-DEV v1.2(Staged)||3||Hermosillo|
|T-Systems Mexico, S.A. de C.V.||CMMI-DEV v1.2(Staged)||3||Puebla|
|Vision Consulting||CMMI-DEV v1.2(Staged)||3||Mexico City|
|Vision Software Factory, S.A. de C.V.||CMMI-DEV v1.2(Staged)||3||Queretaro|
|Zentrum Ziztemaz S.A. De C.V.||CMMI-DEV v1.2(Staged)||3||Tijuana|
|Applied Protocol Interfaces S.A. de C.V.||CMMI-DEV v1.2(Continuous)||2||Culiacan|
|Ariesware Soluciones S.A. de C.V.||CMMI-SVC v1.3(Staged)||2||Guadalajara|
|Asesores en ERP S.C. (Estrasol)||CMMI-SVC v1.3(Staged)||2||Guadalajara, Leon|
|Atalaya Systems S.A. de C.V.||CMMI-DEV v1.2(Continuous)||2||Guadalajara|
|Bioxor S. de R.L. de C.V.||CMMI-DEV v1.3(Staged)||2||Guadalajara|
|Bufete Consultor Mexicano, S. A. de C. V.||CMMI-DEV v1.2(Staged)||2||Mexico City|
|Centro de Inteligencia Competitiva S.A. de C.V.||CMMI-DEV v1.2(Staged)||2||Mexico City|
|Cibernetica de Mexico S.A. de C.V.||CMMI-SVC v1.3(Staged)||2||San Miguel de Allende, Aguascalientes, Guadalajara|
|Compu Campo S.A. de C.V.||CMMI-SVC v1.3(Staged)||2||Zapopan|
|Computacion Interactiva de Occidente, S.A. de C.V.||CMMI-SVC v1.3(Staged)||2||Guadalajara|
|Consiss S.A. de C.V.||CMMI-DEV v1.2(Continuous)||2||Monterrey|
|Consultoria en Comercio Electronico S.C.||CMMI-SVC v1.3(Staged)||2||Guadalajara|
|CONSULTORIA Y APLICACIONES AVANZADAS DE ECM, S.A. DE C.V.||CMMI-DEV v1.3(Staged)||2||Mexico City|
|DAWCONS: DW IT SERVICES S.A. DE C.V.||CMMI-DEV v1.2(Staged)||2||Guadalajara|
|DEMOSOFT S.C.||CMMI-DEV v1.3(Staged)||2||Guadalajara|
|Ejecutivos en Computacion y Servicios S.A. de C.V.||CMMI-DEV v1.2(Continuous)||2||Guadalajara|
|Escucho Consultoria SC||CMMI-SVC v1.3(Staged)||2||Guadalajara|
|Factor Informatico de Negocios S.A. de C.V.||CMMI-SVC v1.2(Staged)||2||Los Mochis|
|Gestion de Tecnologia Especializada S.A. de C.V.||CMMI-SVC v1.3(Staged)||2||Mexico City|
|GEUSA, Grupo Embotelladoras Unidas S.A. de C.V.||CMMI-DEV v1.2(Staged)||2||Guadalajara|
|Gobierno Digital S.A. de C.V.||CMMI-DEV v1.3(Staged)||2||Queretaro|
|Grupo Empresarial EISEI S.A. de C.V.||CMMI-DEV v1.2(Staged)||2||Monterrey|
|Infoware, Servicios en Tecnologia e Ingenieria de Informacion, S. C.||CMMI-DEV v1.3(Staged)||2||Mexico City, Leon|
|INGENIA GROUP INTERNET DESARROLLO SAPI de CV||CMMI-DEV v1.3(Staged)||2||Mexico City|
|Innovacion y Control de Mexico S.A. de C.V.||CMMI-SVC v1.3(Staged)||2||Guadalajara|
|INSTITUTO TECNOLOGICO SUPERIOR DE IRAPUATO||CMMI-DEV v1.2(Staged)||2||Irapuato|
|Instituto Tecnologico Superior del Sur de Guanajuato (ITSUR)||CMMI-DEV v1.2(Staged)||2||Uriangato|
|Interlatin||CMMI-SVC+SSD v1.2(Continuous)||2||Mexico City, Guadalajara|
|Mapdata S.A. de C.V.||CMMI-DEV v1.2(Staged)||2||Mexico City|
|MASFUSION MULTIMEDIA S.C.||CMMI-SVC v1.3(Staged)||2||Guadalajara|
|MG MICROS DE OCCIDENTE S.A. de C.V.||CMMI-SVC v1.3(Staged)||2||Guadalajara|
|MKIdeas Tech S.A. de C.V||CMMI-DEV v1.2(Staged)||2||Guadalajara, Mexicali|
|Pounce Consulting S.A. de C.V.||CMMI-SVC v1.3(Staged)||2||Guadalajara, Mexico City, Palo Alto (California, USA)|
|PRODESIS MEXICO, S.A. DE C.V.||CMMI-DEV v1.2(Staged)||2||Mexico City|
|Punto Medio Operadora S.A. de C.V.||CMMI-SVC v1.3(Staged)||2||Guadalajara|
|RESET S.A. de C.V.||CMMI-DEV v1.2(Staged)||2||Irapuato, Silao, Villagran|
|RQPortillo Firm S. de R.L. de C.V.||CMMI-SVC v1.2(Staged)||2||Culiacan|
|SIMBIOSYS S.C.||CMMI-DEV v1.2(Staged)||2||Leon|
|Sinergit S.A. de C.V.||CMMI-DEV v1.2(Continuous)||2||Guadalajara|
|Sistemas Avanzados Integrales SC||CMMI-DEV v1.2(Staged)||2||Guadalajara|
|Sistemas Digitales en Telefonia, S.A de C.V||CMMI-DEV v1.3(Staged)||2||Mexico City, Guadalajara|
|SPOT Consultoria SC||CMMI-DEV v1.3(Staged)||2||Mexico City|
|SYE SOFTWARE SA DE CV||CMMI-DEV v1.3(Staged)||2||Guadalajara|
|Taak Corporativo (Service desk services)||CMMI-SVC v1.3(Staged)||2||Guadalajara|
|Tecnologia de Gestion y Comunicacion S.A. de C.V.||CMMI-DEV v1.2(Staged)||2||Chihuahua|
|Tecnologia en Informatica y Administracion S.A. de C.V.||CMMI-DEV v1.2(Staged)||2||Guadalajara|
|Tecnologia, Asesoria, Sistemas, S.A. de C.V.||CMMI-DEV v1.2(Staged)||2||Mexico City|
|Universidad Tecnologica de Leon (UTL)||CMMI-DEV v1.2(Staged)||2||Leon|
|Universidad Tecnologica del Norte de Guanajuato (UTNG)||CMMI-DEV v1.2(Staged)||2||Dolores Hidalgo|
If we consider all business units as independent entities, Mexico had 117 certifications. Now it is the state of Jalisco (35) taking the lead, followed closely by Mexico City (28). Guanajuato (13) has had a significant growth while Nuevo Leon (10) and Sinaloa (10) are lagging behind. Queretaro (5), Sonora (3), Aguascalientes (3) and Baja California (3) have maintained a small but steady growth while Chihuahua (2), Puebla (1) and Coahuila (1) remain almost unchanged. On the contrary, Zacatecas (2) and Morelos (1) are now part of the CMMI club, but this is rather due to the expansion of organizations whose headquarters are outside those states.
In an increasingly competitive environment, we must use every tool at our disposal to attract business and investment: CMMI is clearly a means to achieve that. And these are not only castles in the air, as countries as diverse as Malaysia, Egypt, Chile and Vietnam are becoming suppliers of high technology and consulting services that already compete in the global market.
In the case of Mexico, we can see how it is steadily becoming an information technology powerhouse, because it has a reasonable number of qualified professionals, decent infrastructure and significant support from the Mexican government and organizations providing support to bolster competitiveness. Are we now part of the first world? Of course not, but considering the progress made in recent years, the future looks bright.