Application and Technology Roadmapping

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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.

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Common
Challenges

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:

  1. Dirty Data

    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.

  2. 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.

  3. Poorly Planned Infrastructure

    Overarching infrastructure is badly planned and implemented in a haphazard fashion, muddying the waters when trying to establish a clear roadmap.
     

  4. Complex Landscapes

    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.

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Application and Technology Roadmapping in Four Weeks

Inputs

Effective application and technology roadmapping requires the following information:

  • Application Catalog – current state
  • Application
    • Relationships:
      • App replaced by app
      • Physical to logical
    • Attributes
      • Lifecycle phases
      • Internal lifecycle phase/dates
  • Technology Catalog – current state
  • Technology
    • Relationship
      • Technology replaced by technology
      • Physical to logical
    • Attributes
      • Lifecycle status
      • Internal lifecycle phase/dates
  • An understanding of the target architecture for both the application and technology landscape.
  • A gap analysis report to determine what is needed to achieve target state.

Week One

Establish Goals and Gather Information

  • Ensuring input and participation from different stakeholders, such as Asset Managers, Technology and Infrastructure Architects and Strategic Business Units
  • Set the scope and boundaries are set; proposed roadmap should support the company vision to ensure that the strategic alignment outcome is met
  • Import the Application and Technology Catalogue (this will be the product focus of the roadmap – the “what” in the roadmap).
  • Gather lifecycle dates and phases

Week 1
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Week 2

Week Two

Identify Technical Components

  • Specify the major technology areas, prioritizing specific initiatives aligned to strategic goals themes
  • Create relationships between physical technology components and logical technology components, utilizing the TOGAF Technical Reference Model
  • Create relationships between physical application components and logical application components; again ensure best practice by using the Technical Reference Model for guidance

Week Three

Determine the Target State

  • Identify the technology and application alternatives, and the timelines for replacing existing systems
  • Create relationships to show which technologies will be replaced, showing a view of all the associated physical and logical components
  • Create relationships to show which applications are to be replaced

Week 3
Determine the Target State
gather-information
Week 4

Week Four

Execution

  • Provision the Application and Technology Roadmap Power BI Reports. 
  • Utilize Visio templates and use Model Explorer to reuse the data within diagrams. 
  • Embed the Orbus Hub in Teams/SharePoint/Portal.

Business Outcomes

By following this process, at the end of the four-week period, the business will be able to:

  • Align technology with strategy.
    Roadmaps will have corporate strategies at their foundation which are not IT specific. It will help IT leadership become more strategic when making investment decisions or managing technology projects.
  • Reduce application and technology risk.
    Address any current IT issues. Determine whether the organization is spending too much or too little on any given initiative.
    Highlight potential future IT issues.
    Improved IT security – invest in the right places.
  • Improve stakeholder engagement.
    Roadmaps can be used as a tool to engage with stakeholders and gain further buy-in.
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