Phase 2 - Technology Assessment and Selection Blueprint
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The Technology Assessment and Selection Blueprint concentrates on the technical aspects of the Blueprint process; it strategically ties the business strategy and conceptual architecture developed in Phase 1 to into a logical and physical architecture in Phase 2.
Phase 2 activities completes the Blueprint by providing the following:
The infrastructure may include a number of technologies, covering:
Phase 2 also provides standards and policies for how this technology will be implemented. These standards are policies are driven from the Guiding Principles established in Phase 1.
In summary, the Technology and Assessment phase is a strategic phase, using input from and findings of the Business Assessment & Strategy Definition phase. The outcomes of Phase 2 then provide the environment that ensures the overall solution is deployable and sustainable.
There is a level of parallelism between activities in Phases 1 and 2. However, Phase 1 deliverables must be completed in their entirety before Phase 2 can be completed. Specifically, Phase 2 requires the following from Phase 1 before a full infrastructure can be prescribed:
The depth, as well as the scope, of Phase 2 is also determined by the outcomes of Phase 1. Because this is not a waterfall approach and as increments are deployed as determined in Phase 1, the outcomes of Phase 2 will most likely evolve over time - for example, new business goals or improved technology may affect the architecture previously established or a new tool may be necessary for some new analytical function. The activities associated with this phase include: Working with the client to:
Modelling the architecture to develop:
The major deliverables of this phase include:
There are a number of supporting work papers and an overall presentation pack that updates the Business Blueprint from Phase 1. The final recommendations are presented to the sponsor of the project as the Business and Technology Blueprint.
Use of Blueprint Activities for Solution Offerings
For many solution offerings, the activities from the Blueprinting phases are shown as being required. This is because most solutions offerings have been defined so that they can be applied for a large, complex organisation. In many cases these activities would also apply in smaller organisation or if the project is more tactically focused. Ideally, however, the strategy phases will not need to be conducted for every solution offering. An organisation will have done a comprehensive Blueprinting exercise that ties these different types of offerings together into an overall programme Blueprint.
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