CIM Forum

The DMTF’s CIM Forum (formerly SMF) develops and implements programs for verifying compliance of software and hardware that implement DMTF’s system management standards. This includes the Desktop and mobile Architecture for System Hardware (DASH) and Systems Management Architecture for Server Hardware (SMASH) standards. CIM Forum also enables adoption of DASH and SMASH through programs and activities that allow developers to validate their implementations.

DMTF's DASH standard is a suite of specifications that takes full advantage of the DMTF’s Web Services for Management (WS-Management) specification – delivering standards-based web services management for desktop and mobile client systems. Through DASH, DMTF provides the next generation of standards for secure out-of-band and remote management of desktop and mobile systems.

DMTF's SMASH standard – which includes the Server Management Command Line Protocol specification – is a suite of specifications that deliver industry standard semantics, protocols and profiles to make data center resource management interoperable. 

As of January 2019, the CIM Forum has taken on the work of the Architecture, CPPS and Schema working groups. The expanded scope of the forum will enable continued development and maintenance of the important standards provided by the afforementioned groups - now task forces under the CIM Forum.

Forum Membership

To participate in CIM Forum, an organization must be a member of the DMTF at the Participation, Leadership or Board level, and must also join the Forum as a member. Granted at the company level, membership in the CIM Forum allows an unlimited number of representatives from a member company to participate in Forum activities.

Annual membership dues - $5,000 for the CIM Forum Leadership Level and $2,500 for CIM Forum Participatory membership - are prorated for companies that join during the fiscal year (the new DMTF membership year begins on April 1). 

Membership in CIM Forum provides a number of valuable privileges:

Leadership Members ($5,000)

In addition to all rights granted to Participatory members, Leadership members of the CIM Forum receive:

  • Access to all Forum governance, communication and documents
  • Eligibility for role as a Forum officer
  • Eligible for unlimited product submissions and DMTF registry listings
  • Ability to contribute company quotes to Forum publications and press releases

Participatory Members ($2,500)

In addition to all rights granted to Non-CIM Forum members, Participatory members of the CIM Forum receive:

  • Participate in conference calls and face-to-face meetings of the Forum
  • Vote on all Forum matters
  • Early access to Forum conformance test suite software and process
  • Eligible for unlimited product submissions and DMTF registry listings
  • Company name listed in Forum publications and press releases
  • Participate in plugfests

Non-CIM Forum Members ($0)

Companies that are members of DMTF and not members of the CIM Forum receive:

  • Access to the binaries of the final releases of the certification suite
  • Ability to view the product certification registry (if applicable).
  • Access to the general discussion reflector
  • Participation a Task Force formed within the CIM Forum
  • Eligible to be elected as a Task Force Chair of a Task Force within the CIM Forum
  • Participate in open plugfests (provided proper fees are paid if required, the company is a DMTF Member, and the DMTF membership allows participation in plugfests)

Join the CIM Forum members and take advantage of this unique opportunity to shape the future of systems management in the data center. For more information, DMTF members can view the full "Rules Governing Forum Membership" document on the CIM Forum WG page


How to Join

If you are a current DMTF member at the Participation, Leadership or Board level, visit our Add Forum Membership page to join CIM Forum.

If you are not yet a member of DMTF, you can sign up for both organization and Forum membership simultaneously via the New Company Sign-Up form. Select either the CIM Forum Leadership or CIM Forum Participatory level in the form’s optional “Forum Membership” drop-down. If you have any questions, please complete our Contact Us form.


Forum Dues Renewal

Existing Forum members will receive renewal invoices in late February for the upcoming membership year (April 1 to March 31).

If you have any questions about joining the DMTF’s CIM Forum, please contact DMTF Administration.