Holden Australia reaches CMM level five

Holden Australia has reached the much coveted systems and software processes rating of Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) level five.

EDS Asia Pacific vice president of service delivery Iain Blacklaw said only 20 percent of organizations that embark on process improvement reach CMMI level five.

"This is a major achievement for EDS' team at Holden in Melbourne," he said.

The CMMI rating is administered by the Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute (SEI) and was established to provide best practice for product and process engineering. This is the fifth CMMI Level Five rating achieved by EDS globally, according to company officials.

The benchmark was originally commissioned by the American Department of Defense to assist in qualifying the capabilities of software vendors.

It soon evolved into a tool to guide process improvement initiatives, not only in software development but also in many related fields such as systems engineering and product acquisition.

Today CMMI is used around the world in military, commercial and government organizations. Countries such as India and China are using the CMMI rating to position themselves as dependable, trustworthy providers of world-class outsourcing services.

GM Holden was EDS' first client when the IT services provider was established in Australia in 1985.

The EDS Holden team started the CMMI process in 1999 with the aim of implementing engineering best practice and continuously improving product and service delivery.

"An organization with this rating is recognized around the world for its mastery of project management; it greatly reduces the risks associated with projects, improves quality and assures delivery excellence," Blacklaw said.

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