The CBPN primarily specializes in building 'Cloud Roadmaps'
The most common application of a Cloud Roadmap is to plan an organizations migration to the Cloud.
This example is provided from the Cloud Solution Design best practices offered from Microsoft, which highlights the key features:
- Porfolio planning
- Feature prioritization
Through additional tailoring and support processes, Roadmaps can be applied to a wider variety of scenarios too.
The CBPN web sites blend together a unique combination of Cloud applications, into an integrate suite intended for building 'Roadmap Communities'.
Key capabilities including a social community publishing platform, enabling a knowledge base of blogs, wikis, ebooks and other content assets, with an app for PLM - Product Lifecycle Management. This synchronizes community knowledge with structured product development procedures and workflows, and can be used for scenarios such as:
- Enterprise DevOps Roadmaps - Used for implementing complex enterprise migration projects and implementing Enterprise DevOps capabilities.
- Industry Roadmaps - The same principles can be applied at a broader industry level, and utilized as a framework to unify and concentrate collaborative innovation efforts for that industry, such as our NFVaaS roadmap.
- Community Roadmaps - Platforms to support local economic development and political engagement programs, such as our Action the Ivany Report, a grass roots economic program for tackling challenges in Nova Scotia, and ScotVote, our roadmap for supporting Scottish Independence.
A primary use for BA Roadmaps are to plan and manage Cloud migrations, and also the ongoing DevOps work.
Expand the image to see an example provided by Microsoft, as part of their own Cloud Solutions Framework.
Technology Roadmaps 2.0
A key inspiration for our Roadmaps service is research from the Canadian Government, which explains the role and provides the tools for using 'Technology Roadmaps'.
For example Industry Canada offers this excellent discussion guide of how and why they might be used by industry groups: Technology Roadmapping - A Strategy for Success. They also then offer a How To Develop a Roadmap detailed blueprint as well, as there's a Guide for Government Employees.
There's a list here of agencies that have implemented them, creating tremendous assets for under-pinning innovation and investment programs. For example how about a roadmap for Hybrid and Electric Vehicles or an Aerospace Industry.
Cluster Roadmaps for Economic Development
Not only are they ideal commercialization communities for businesses, but they can be used as key levers for Economic Development, an approach that has been used extensively by governments such as Canada.
The heart of the debate centres around the development of ‘Innovation Clusters’, the application of Michael Porters cluster model, described by Harvard Business Review, meaning they set up industry specific initiatives that (hopefully) foster profitable commercialization in that sector, such as Nova Scotia’s Ocean Technology.
In essence Roadmaps are the 'blueprints' for these clusters: How they will organize research and innovation to support that sector.
The primary distinction with our approach is that each of these roadmaps has been produced via a "1.0" process. The end result is one large, fixed document that rarely changes.
In contrast our approach is to replicate the same objective, producing a Technology Roadmap document, such as this example for the Ivany Report site, but for this to be updated dynamically in real-time for an underlying community platform of related update activities.
Technology Roadmaps 2.0 – Research from the Canadian Government on using ‘Technology Roadmaps’ for industry and economic development, is a key inspiration for this service.
Idea to Venture Lifecycle
The backbone of each community is the ‘Idea to Venture Lifecycle’, a method of organizing Open, grass roots innovation into formal ‘PLM’ – Product Lifecycle Management.
Site visitors can submit ideas, organized into topics relevant for that roadmap, and from there progressed through an escalating series of planning tools and decision workflows, until ultimately populating the Product Roadmap.
A working example is our Action the Ivany Report initiative, where the Community Roadmap describes how this is implemented towards a goal of local Economic Development.