Open Data Center Alliance Publishes New Cloud Maturity Model 3.0

Download Executive Overview; New Planning Tools Available in First Quarter


PORTLAND, Ore., Feb. 1, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Open Data Center Alliance (ODCA) today published the executive overview for version 3.0 of its popular Cloud Maturity Model (CMM 3.0).

The CMM 3.0 addresses the maturity of an IT organization's business and technology capabilities in specific domains and across cloud service models, such as:

  • Software as a Service (SaaS);
  • Platform as a Service (PaaS);
  • Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS);
  • Database as a Service (DBaaS);A
  • Integration Platform as a Service (IPaaS);
  • Information-as a Service; and
  • Others

After assessing its organizational maturity level, IT and operational teams can use the CMM to identify specific elements that are necessary to achieve desired improvements. These elements include operational processes and best practices, which are independent of hardware and software decisions. In many cases, such elements are missing from IT organizational practices, so the CMM helps IT and operational professionals develop a practical roadmap to achieve the desired benefits.

"The Cloud Maturity Model is one of the most highly anticipated documents the ODCA produces, because it represents the best thinking and practices from enterprise IT organizations around the world," said George Goodman, executive director of the Open Data Center Alliance. "We encourage the free distribution of this model to serve as a framework to guide adoption of open and interoperable cloud services."

History of Cloud Maturity Model

Since 2011, the Open Data Center Alliance has published usage models and other tools focused on the most pressing challenges surrounding open data center operations, outsourcing and cloud deployment. The Cloud Maturity Model is the most widely utilized.

Public- and private-sector organizations have used the ODCA's CMM to guide wide-scale implementations including the selection of cloud solutions and services. Many forward-thinking vendors integrate ODCA best practices into product and service roadmaps to support open standards and interoperability.

Open Framework, People and Processes Guide Cloud Evolution

The CMM provides an end-to-end visualization for how the use of cloud services may evolve over time and how the enterprise may expand its ability to adopt cloud-based services within defined objectives, governance and control parameters.

As an organization matures, the use of cloud becomes more sophisticated, comprehensive and optimized. The CMM provides an adoption roadmap for structured cloud service integration from a baseline of no cloud use through five progressive levels of maturity.

Free CMM 3.0 Executive Overview, Podcast & Webinar

The ODCA provides free downloads of the CMM 3.0 Executive Overview regardless of membership status with the Alliance.

Download today

In the coming months, the ODCA will make more tools available that will require current membership.

Listen, Download "Above the Clouds" Podcast

Ryan Skipp, Co-Chair of the ODCA Business Work Group and System Architect for T-Systems, was a recent guest on the "Above the Clouds" podcast. Skipp talked about the evolution of the Cloud Maturity Model and how the adoption successes and failures of ODCA members have guided the development of a clear set of objectives, a proven framework and roadmap for IT organizations.


Register for Free ODCA Webinar – February 18, 2016

The Open Data Center Alliance will host a free webinar on Thursday, February 18 at 3:00 EST/8:00 GMT. Register at

Hear from key contributors to the CMM. These technology and business executives represent global, enterprise IT organizations who are on the leading-edge of cloud adoption and organizational maturity.

  • Ryan Skipp, System Architect, T-Systems
  • William Dupley, Cloud Chief Technologist, Hewlett Packard Enterprise
  • Brett Philp, Senior Technical Manager for Cloud, Experis

Join ODCA for New CMM Tools, Attendance at Forecast2016™

Over the course of first quarter of 2016, the ODCA will publish additional tools beyond the executive overview. In order to access these valuable planning tools, you will need a current membership with the ODCA.

Learn more about membership and its benefits at

In addition to exclusive content, most membership levels include access to Forecast, the flagship conference of the ODCA. Forecast2016 brings together a global community of professionals invested in unlocking the power of cloud computing. Attendees get world-class content, workshops, and the opportunity to network with subject matter experts across a broad range of topics, industries, and geographies.

About The Open Data Center Alliance

The Open Data Center AllianceSM is an independent consortium of global IT members who are providing a unified customer-driven vision for long-term data center and cloud computing requirements.

ODCA brings together global Enterprise IT and Solution Providers to identify enterprise IT requirements for cloud adoption, develop usage models to help organizations quickly integrate cloud services and share experiences.

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