A CCMM, like all maturity models, is a matrix laid out in rows and columns. The criteria to be evaluated is listed in the left-hand column and each column's corresponding row has cells that describe, in a few words, the typical behavior exhibited at each level of development -- beginning with entry level. Typically, a model will have no more than five levels, with level five being the most mature professional level.
The maturity model, once completed, provides the cloud service provider with a high-level view of how close they are to being fully developed in regards to specific criteria. For example, the CCMM might show that although the organization has the ability to load balance traffic and can accommodate spikes in demand, they still need to improve their self-service user interface and provider customers with a better way to interconnect with other cloud computing environments.
As with all maturity models, a cloud computing maturity model can be a useful tool for focusing discussions and creating a roadmap for next steps.