If I remember correctly SEI retired the CMM and that organizations can no longer advertize their CMM maturity level. If an organization continues to claim on their web site that they are CMM level 4 - even today - and in addition it is claiming that it will be assessed shortly for CMMi Level 5 for more than a year and half - should we ignore it or bring it to the notice of SEI?If you suggest that we should bring such instances to SEI notice please give me the email id.
The short answer is that any claim of a CMM Maturity Level is no longer valid. As for the ML 5 notice, that is fine as long as the web site states that the organization is working towards ML 5, but I don't see how that is a marketing point. It is similar to a graduate student stating that he or she is in the Doctoral Program and have everything completed except for his or her thesis.
The SEI is not in the business of investigating false claims. Buyer Beware: The only official location to verify an organization's Capability or Maturity Level is the SEI's Published Appraisal Results site http://sas.sei.cmu.edu/pars/pars.aspx. Since the appraisal results are only good for three years, the results are automatically removed on the anniversary date. Just check this site daily for a week or two and you will be able to verify this for yourself. The best approach is to contact the offending organization to inform them of their mistaken claims as they may be unaware of the changes to the SEI's appraisal program. And if you still feel that the SEI should be notified, I would suggest that you contact Jill Diorio who is the SEI Ethics person at email@example.com.