Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Applying frameworks to sustainable use of ICT

In "Green ICT Capability Maturity Framework" (4 January 2010) I asked if RMIT/AIIA derived the idea for their project from the Capability Maturity Model (CMM) developed by Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). RMIT have taken me to task for this, pointing out that they have not yet done their research and are only at the stage of collecting data, by way of a a Green ICT Capability Survey. So I did some web searches to see where the term "Green ICT Capability Maturity Framework" may have come from. It appears that this was developed by Martin Curley, global director of innovation at Intel and expanded by the Innovation Value Institute (IVI) at the National University of Ireland.

The earliest formal reference I could find is the paper "Introducing an IT Capability Maturity Framework" (M Curley, Systems: 9th International Conference, Iceis 2007). In this the relationship of IT-CMF to existing models and frameworks, particularly CMM is discussed (ITIL is also brefely mentioned).

More recently in an Intel slide presentation
Martin Curley has proposed applying the IT-CMF to a "Sustainable ICT Capability Maturity Framework" (Intel Labs Europe ICT for a Sustainable Viable Europe, 09/09/09). He attributes this to the IVI, but I could find no further or more formal references to it on the IVI web site, or elsewhere.

It is very likely that there will be confusion between the
RMIT/AIIA "Green ICT Capability Maturity Framework" and IVI "Sustainable ICT Capability Maturity Framework". As the IVI publication pre-dates RMIT, the obligation is on RMIT to either stop using their term or explain it sufficiently to avoid confusion.

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