July 31, 2018 |

What is a Technology Roadmap?

When businesses are planning how they will implement new technology, particularly larger programs of work that will take a number of years, they will generally go through the process of creating a Technology Roadmap. A Technology Roadmap is much like a traditional map in that it shows you where you are heading. But instead of showing you the road or streets to follow, it is a document outlining how to reach short-term and long-term goals through the use of technology solutions.

The creation of a Technology Roadmap is  a key tool in helping a business visualise their future through the effective use of technology.  This work is lead by experts from the organisation’s Technology team, (generally the Architecture and Strategy team or similar) who always work in in consultation with the overall business – by activities such as by holding workshops  to identify the capabilities and business functions of each team, department and business unit.  Doing this means they can capture a full inventory of applications and touchpoints across the organisation and come up with a full picture of it’s current technology landscape.  The result should be a Technology Roadmap which accurately represents a path which is in alignment with the needs and strategy of the overall business.  The organisation’s Technology Roadmap is usually a living document which is assessed and re-aligned every quarter to ensure it continues to match the needs and direction of the organisation.

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