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COBIT 5/CMMI Practices Pathway Tool to Deliver Greater Value

Rolling Meadows, IL, USA (18 January 2017) — A new tool connecting the COBIT 5 framework and CMMI® capability improvement models provides business IT practitioners guidance on how to deliver additional value to stakeholders by strengthening process designs. The COBIT 5/CMMI Practices Pathway Tool can be leveraged to utilize organizational resources more effectively, measure performance more accurately and lower costs through stronger governance.


COBIT 5 is the leading framework for the governance and management of enterprise IT. The framework links business and IT goals while helping users become more thorough in addressing risk management.


Organizations that use CMMI maturity models are able to identify the key capabilities that drive meaningful results by building continuous improvement into everyday processes. CMMI provides a roadmap for developing, improving and sustaining business performance.


The tool is bi-directional, allowing practitioners to connect individual practices or sets of practices from either COBIT 5 or CMMI and harmonize them with relevant practices from the other. The content can be searched by domain, process area or practice. While COBIT was developed with IT in mind, the tool allows COBIT concepts and practices to be easily applied to a service organization.


ISACA acquired CMMI Institute in 2016 in anticipation of joining forces to help organizations optimize their technology, deliver greater value to stakeholders and improve business performance.


“Many practitioners are familiar with COBIT 5 or CMMI but not the other. The COBIT 5/CMMI Practices Pathway Tool provides a unique approach to connecting the two,” said Frank Schettini, ISACA’s chief innovation officer. “This tool allows practitioners using COBIT 5 and CMMI capability improvement models to implement guidance from the other in order to better execute the processes, policies and governance needed to deliver organizational excellence.”


“The tool provides a blueprint that can be tailored to each unique organization’s needs – from low-level processes up through high level governance requirements and enabling strategic vision for each enterprise,” said CMMI Institute CEO Kirk Botula. “The result is better understanding of the maturity of the work they do in product and software development and services, recognizing that maturity can be a cornerstone of effective governance performance measurement.”


The tool – delivered in a Microsoft Excel format – comes with a supplementary guide explaining how it can be best put to use. According to the guide, “the most relevant connection points between the CMMI and COBIT 5 models are practices. While there are absolutely synergies at higher levels, each individual practice is potentially an area where practitioners can derive benefit from harmonization of COBIT 5 and CMMI.”


The tool is available for download at


About CMMI® Institute


CMMI Institute ( is the global leader in the advancement of best practices in people, process, and technology. The Institute provides the tools and support for organizations to benchmark their capabilities and build maturity by comparing their operations to best practices and identifying performance gaps. For over 25 years, thousands of high-performing organizations in a variety of industries, including aerospace, finance, healthcare, software, defense, transportation, and telecommunications, have earned a CMMI maturity level rating and proved they are capable business partners and suppliers. CMMI Institute is a part of the ISACA family, the global non-profit association helping professionals to realize the positive potential of technology. To learn more about how CMMI can help your organization elevate performance, visit



ISACA ( helps professionals around the globe realize the positive potential of technology in an evolving digital world. By offering industry-leading knowledge, standards, credentialing and education, ISACA enables professionals to apply technology in ways that instill confidence, address threats, drive innovation and create positive momentum for their organizations. Established in 1969, ISACA is a global association with more than 140,000 members and certification holders in 187 countries. ISACA is the creator of the COBIT framework, which helps organizations effectively govern and manage their information and technology. Through its Cybersecurity Nexus (CSX), ISACA helps organizations develop skilled cyber workforces and enables individuals to grow and advance their cyber careers.



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