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CMMI in Mexico and around the world (2012)

07/23/2012

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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.

• As in 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:

Country/Level L2 L3 L4 L5 Total
China 39 1376 45 48 1508
United States 309 496 4 56 865
India 20 263 5 94 382
Spain 90 53 1 9 153
Korea, Republic of 31 52 9 9 101
Brazil 55 38 1 7 101
Mexico 51 33 2 8 94
Japan 17 54 8 10 89
Taiwan 19 43 4 1 67
France 41 23   1 65
Argentina 17 20   5 42
United Kingdom 15 22 1 4 42
Germany 17 19     36
Malaysia 4 29   2 35
Thailand 9 22   3 34
Italy 18 14     32
Egypt 13 15   1 29
Colombia 13 10 1 4 28
Canada 7 12 1 3 23
Chile 11 9   2 22
Vietnam   13 1 4 18
Portugal 7 8   2 17
Turkey   14   2 16
Philippines 3 8   4 15
Singapore 4 8 1   13
Saudi Arabia 2 6 2 2 12
Peru 6 5     11
Sri Lanka 2 8     10
Hong Kong 4 3   2 9
Jordan   8 1   9
Israel   5   3 8
United Arab Emirates 1 6   1 8
Russia 2 2   3 7
Australia 1 4   2 7
Pakistan 4 2   1 7
Switzerland 5 2     7
Poland 2 3 1   6
Bangladesh   6     6
Netherlands 2 4     6
Paraguay 6       6
Ukraine   3 1 1 5
Uruguay   2   2 4
Ireland 1 2   1 4
Belgium   4     4
Syria 1 3     4
Romania 2 2     4
Hungary 1   1 1 3
South Africa 1 1   1 3
Morocco 2   1   3
Slovakia   3     3
Panama 1 2     3
Norway 2 1     3
Denmark   1   1 2
Latvia   2     2
Lebanon   2     2
Austria 1 1     2
Costa Rica 1 1     2
Czech Republic 1 1     2
Kuwait 1 1     2
Qatar 1 1     2
Tunisia 1 1     2
Bulgaria 2       2
New Zealand       1 1
Belarus     1   1
Angola   1     1
Bahrain   1     1
Cambodia   1     1
El Salvador   1     1
Finland   1     1
Ghana   1     1
Guatemala   1     1
Indonesia   1     1
Kenia   1     1
Luxembourg   1     1
Malawi   1     1
Mauritius   1     1
Nepal   1     1
Oman   1     1
Brunei Darussalam 1       1
Cuba 1       1
Chipre 1       1
Iraq 1       1
Macedonia 1       1
Sweden 1       1
TOTAL 872 2766 92 301 4031

CMMI appraisal table by country, for each maturity level. Information last updated on July 17, 2012.

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:

Country Appraisals
2012
Appraisals
2010
Growth Change in rank
China 1508 1048 44% (-)
United States 865 680 27% (-)
India 382 294 30% (-)
Spain 153 131 17% (-)
Korea, Republic of 101 71 42% (+2)
Brazil 101 98 3% (-1)
Mexico 94 70 34% (+2)
Japan 89 87 2% (-2)
Taiwan 67 67 0% (+1)
France 65 70 -7% (-2)
Rest of the World 606 519 17%  
TOTAL 4031 3135 29%  

Top 10 countries with certifications. Information last updated on July 17, 2012.

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:

Country Certifications L5
2012
Certifications L5
2010
Growth
1.India 94 64 30
2.United States 56 40 16
3.China 48 20 28
4.Japan 10 2 8
5.Korea, Republic of
5.Spain
9
9
2
2
7
7
6.Mexico 8 6 2
7.Brazil 7 4 3
8.Argentina 5 2 3
9.United Kingdom
9.Vietnam
9.Colombia
9.Philippines
4
4
4
4
4
1
2

3
2
4
10.Canada
10.Thailand
10.Israel
10.Russia
3
3
3
3
3
1
3
1

2

2
Rest of the World 27 21 6
TOTAL 301 178 123

Top 10 of certifications level 5. Information last updated on July 17, 2012.

• 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.

CMMI 2012 Map



Map showing the CMMI appraisals by country. Information last updated on July 17, 2012.(Click on image or here to see at larger scale)

     1      17 – 32      513 – 1024
     2      33 – 64      1025 >
     3 – 4      65 – 128      Without appraisals
     5 – 8      129 – 256
     9 – 16      257 – 512

♫ 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:

Organization Constellation Level Cities
LINK TECHNOLOGIES S.A.P.I. DE C.V. CMMI-DEV v1.2(Continuous) Sponsor Requests No ML Monterrey
Interfases y Sistemas Electrónicos, S.A. de C.V. (INTERSEL) CMMI-DEV v1.2(Continuous) Not Given Hermosillo
Hildebrando S.A. de C.V. CMMI-DEV v1.2(Staged) 5 Mexico, Queretaro, Aguascalientes
IBM (Application Management Services Mexico) CMMI-DEV v1.2(Staged) 5 Guadalajara
PRAXIS DE MÉXICO, S.A. DE C.V. CMMI-DEV v1.2(Staged) 5 Mexico
PSL S.A. CMMI-DEV v1.3(Staged) 5 Mexico, Medellin (Colombia)
QuarkSoft S.A. de C.V. CMMI-DEV v1.3(Staged) 5 Mexico, Zacatecas, Leon, Aguascalientes
Softtek CMMI-DEV v1.2(Staged) 5 Monterrey
Tata Consultancy Services Limited CMMI-SVC+SSD v1.2(Staged) 5 Mexico, Hyderabad (India)
ULTRASIST S.A. de C. V. CMMI-DEV v1.3(Staged) 5 Mexico
INNEVO CMMI-DEV v1.2(Staged) 4 Guadalajara
SERVICIOS TELEPRO S.A. de C.V. CMMI-DEV v1.3(Staged) 4 Mexico
Accenture CMMI-DEV v1.2(Staged) 3 Mexico
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
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 Tecnología 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
Expresión Informativa y Técnicas Organizadas, S.A. de C.V. CMMI-SVC v1.2(Continuous) 3 Los Mochis
GONET México S.A. de C.V. CMMI-DEV v1.3(Staged) 3 Mexico, Monterrey, Cd. Obregon, Cuernavaca
IBM AMS México (GNP Account) CMMI-DEV v1.2(Staged) 3 Mexico
IBM AMS México (Modelo Account) CMMI-DEV v1.2(Staged) 3 Mexico
IDS COMERCIAL CMMI-DEV v1.2(Staged) 3 Mexico
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
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, Bangalore (India)
Servicios Estratégicos 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 México, S.A. de C.V. CMMI-DEV v1.2(Staged) 3 Puebla
Vision Consulting CMMI-DEV v1.2(Staged) 3 Mexico
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
Centro de Inteligencia Competitiva S.A. de C.V. CMMI-DEV v1.2(Staged) 2 Mexico
Cibernética de México 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
Computación 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
Consultoría en Comercio Electrónico S.C. CMMI-SVC v1.3(Staged) 2 Guadalajara
CONSULTORÍA Y APLICACIONES AVANZADAS DE ECM, S.A. DE C.V. CMMI-DEV v1.3(Staged) 2 Mexico
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 Computación y Servicios S.A. de C.V. CMMI-DEV v1.2(Continuous) 2 Guadalajara
Escucho Consultoría SC CMMI-SVC v1.3(Staged) 2 Guadalajara
Factor Informático de Negocios S.A. de C.V. CMMI-SVC v1.2(Staged) 2 Los Mochis
Gestión de Tecnología Especializada S.A. de C.V. CMMI-SVC v1.3(Staged) 2 Mexico
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 Tecnología e Ingeniería de Información, S. C. CMMI-DEV v1.3(Staged) 2 Mexico, Leon
INGENIA GROUP INTERNET DESARROLLO SAPI de CV CMMI-DEV v1.3(Staged) 2 Mexico
Innovación y Control de México 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, Guadalajara
Mapdata S.A. de C.V. CMMI-DEV v1.2(Staged) 2 Mexico
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, Palo Alto (California, USA)
PRODESIS MÉXICO, S.A. DE C.V. CMMI-DEV v1.2(Staged) 2 Mexico
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 Telefonía, S.A de C.V CMMI-DEV v1.3(Staged) 2 Mexico, Guadalajara
SPOT Consultoria SC CMMI-DEV v1.3(Staged) 2 Mexico
SUSOC CMMI-SVC+SSD v1.2(Continuous) 2 Guadalajara
SYE SOFTWARE SA DE CV CMMI-DEV v1.3(Staged) 2 Guadalajara
Taak Corporativo (Service desk services) CMMI-SVC v1.3(Staged) 2 Guadalajara
Tecnología de Gestión y Comunicación S.A. de C.V. CMMI-DEV v1.2(Staged) 2 Chihuahua
Tecnología en Informática y Administración S.A. de C.V. CMMI-DEV v1.2(Staged) 2 Guadalajara
Tecnología, Asesoría, Sistemas, S.A. de C.V. CMMI-DEV v1.2(Staged) 2 Mexico
Universidad Tecnologica de León (UTL) CMMI-DEV v1.2(Staged) 2 Leon
Universidad Tecnologica del Norte de Guanajuato (UTNG) CMMI-DEV v1.2(Staged) 2 Dolores Hidalgo
VERSATIL CMMI-DEV v1.2(Staged) 2 Guadalajara

Certified organizations in Mexico as of July 17, 2012.

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.

Conclusions

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.

5 comentarios

  1. […] have a new, updated version of the count. Published here, we can see what changes have occurred over the past two years regarding the model itself, the […]


  2. Interesting article on CMMI. Do you know which companies or organizations in France did not renew their certifications before SEI? And what CMMI maturity level they had? Thank you!


    • Sure, here they are:

      • AEDIAN SI (ML 2)
      • AGF (ML 2)
      • Airbus (ML 3)
      • AKKA Technologies (ML 3)
      • ALSTOM Transport (ML 2)
      • Arval Service Lease France (ML 2)
      • Atos Origin (ML 3)
      • AXA France Services (ML 2)
      • AXA France Services; AXA Group Solutions (ML 2)
      • CORTAL CONSORS (ML 2)
      • Dassault Aviation (ML 2)
      • EADS Astrium (ML 3) – Shared with the United Kingdom, Germany
      • EADS-DCS(including SDC) (ML 2) – Shared with the United Kingdom, Germany, Finland
      • Logica Outsourcing Services France (ML 3)
      • PSA Peugeot-Citroen (ML 2)
      • RENAULT sas (ML 3)
      • Societe pour l’Informatique Industrielle (ML 3)
      • SODIFRANCE (ML 2)
      • TRIXELL (ML 2)
      • VALEO EES (ML 2)

      Most of them had their certification expired during 2011.


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