Before CMSD, there were no neutral data formats for storing the manufacturing data needed to develop and run simulation models.
CMSD defines an information model in two commonly used modeling methods: UML and XML.
The CMSD specification was published in two SISO Products: CMSD-UML was officially published on September 20, 2010 as SISO-STD-008-2010  and CMSD-XML was officially published on January 22, 2013 as SISO-STD-008-01-2012 .
This is because the major effort of developing the CMSD family of products was on CMSD-UML.
The prototype development for CMSD testing is also discussed.
Extending the original machine-shop information model to the CMSD information model was not a simple process.
That extension was performed by the CMSD Drafting Group, led by NIST's co- editors Frank Riddick and Tina Lee.
The content of CMSD and its feasibility for use as a data-exchange and application-integration mechanism called for pilot implementation tests.
After researching what solutions similar districts were using, the Cleveland Foundation introduced Hobsons' Naviance to CMSD for the 2011-12 school year.
The implementation process went smoothly, says Kate Schwab, supervisor of the Career-Technical Education/High School Transition program for CMSD. "Naviance has a three-day summer training session, where trainers and district administrators come together to learn and share" she says.
Jeff McKissick, IT and data services manager at CollegeNow and the Naviance implementation project manager for CMSD, says Naviance has been extremely helpful in keeping an eye on standardized test scores.