The Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) standard, an evolution of the capability maturity model (CMM) developed more than 20 years ago by Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute (SEI), provides one of the most trusted and widely used frameworks for achieving development processes aligned to these objectives. This white paper makes a case for focusing on process improvement and highlights the benefits that CMMI offers. It then describes how IBM can help organizations keep costs and risks in check by updating their systems development processes incrementally using a targeted, business-driven approach to CMMI.