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:
Here are the definitions that we use:
– includes initiatives and technologies that are being watched for maturity in industry
– includes initiatives and technologies that are currently under consideration, investigation or evaluation for future implementation
– includes initiatives and technologies that are the target of resources including financial investments and/or investments in human resources
– includes initiatives and technologies that deliver services identified in the Core Services Catalogue or in Service Level Agreements
– 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.