At the heart of enterprise architecture is the notion of informing and guiding decision-making within the organization. In an era of digital uncertainty this has never been more important. Roadmaps communicate and influence change, earning buy-in from key stakeholders and providing a plan of action to achieve particular goals, or in this case, implement new applications and technology solutions.
As organization’s understand their short and long-term technical targets, they can use a roadmap to determine which technologies to pursue, as well as to plan and timeline the implementation of new systems. Major obstacles to successful roadmapping include:
Data proves to be inaccurate and irrelevant for the initiative; lifecycle dates and understanding which apps and techs will replace their own predecessor are unclear and hard to establish.
Unclear Target States
Target states are not obvious and subject to change, making it impossible to run assessments and bridge the gap from the current state. Often establishing the target state requires a significant investment of time, effort and resources.
Poorly Planned Infrastructure
Overarching infrastructure is badly planned and implemented in a haphazard fashion, muddying the waters when trying to establish a clear roadmap.
The vast array of complex technologies, which are often hidden or unknown, render the roadmapping project extremely labour intensive when trying to establish the current state.
Effective application and technology roadmapping requires the following information:
By following this process, at the end of the four-week period, the business will be able to: