Discussing a Technology Lifecycle Taxonomy

Tomorrow, I will be asking my peers in the Internet2 ITANA – IT Architects in Academia to do a peer review of a Technology Lifecycle taxonomy that we use at BCIT. As we developed our Enterprise Architecture, we needed a way to communicate not only the lifecycle of initiatives and technology but also their viability.

Here is what we use:

Technology Lifecycle

Here are the definitions that we use:

Watching:
– includes initiatives and technologies that are being watched for maturity in industry

Researching:
– includes initiatives and technologies that are currently under consideration, investigation or evaluation for future implementation

Investing:
– includes initiatives and technologies that are the target of resources including financial investments and/or investments in human resources

Sustaining:
– includes initiatives and technologies that deliver services identified in the Core Services Catalogue or in Service Level Agreements

Containing:
– includes initiatives that have been completed and technologies that are in the process of being phased out

End of Life:
– includes initiatives and technologies that are being retired from service

While this is a life cycle, it is not mandatory that an initiative of technology follows through every step.

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