The IML4E Maturity Assessment Scheme

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Areas of maturity in the IML4E Maturity Assessment Scheme Fraunhofer FOKUS

What is it?

The IML4E Maturity Assessment aims to provide a schema that can be used to examine the current state of implementation of MLOps in an organization and to make informed decisions about which improvement actions may be a useful addition in light of the current maturity and expansion goals. It helps organizations understand where they are in their MLOps journey, inspires discussion among stakeholders and identify areas for improvement.

Why is it necessary? 

The IML4E MLOps maturity scheme is a valuable tool for assessing an organization's MLOps capabilities, identifying areas for improvement, and developing a roadmap for achieving business outcomes through the efficient and well-organized use of machine learning models.  

  • It helps you assess your organization's MLOps capabilities and identify areas where you need to improve. This may be a good basis to develop a roadmap for improving the MLOps processes and infrastructure. 

  • It also allows you to compare your company's maturity level with industry standards and best practices. This can help you identify areas where you need to improve and prioritize your efforts accordingly. 

  • Finally, the maturity scheme helps you identify gaps in collaboration and communication between teams and develop strategies to improve cross-functional collaboration. 

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Assignment of maturity statements to maturity levels in the area "Data Gathering & Preparation" Fraunhofer FOKUS

How does it work?

In its current state, the IML4E Maturity Assessment is designed as a self-assessment. Based on a maturity definition from Microsoft consisting of 5 maturity levels, we have created a collection of assignments between maturity levels and statements on process maturity for 7 different areas.  
Maturity levels and statements are provided in the form of an Excel spreadsheet so that an organization can provide scores for each area in a self-assessment. These are finally summarized and clearly presented with the help of a spider diagram. An initial internal project evaluation has shown that such a self-assessment stimulates a wide range of discussions and paves the way for the identification of targeted and systematic improvements.