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An approach for technology potential analysis in organizations

: Koch, Matthias
: Rombach, H. Dieter; Adam, Sebastian

Kaiserslautern, 2014, XI, 145 S.
Kaiserslautern, TU, Master Thesis, 2014
Master Thesis
Fraunhofer IESE ()
technology evaluation; requirements engineering; technology potential analysis; organization analysis

Fast developments and a high degree of innovativeness in industry and research produce a large number of new technologies year by year. Organizations in competitive environments strive after the adoption of recent technologies to gain advantages. In practice it is difficult for an organization to assess which technologies really provide the promised benefits. The differentiation of hyped technologies is critical to avoid misdeterminations. In this thesis a proposal is made to answer the question how the potential of a technology for an organization can be assessed. For that purpose a model describing the elements of a technology and an organization along with their relations to each other is elaborated. This enables to gather the relevant information in a systematic procedure. Firstly the technology is analyzed to identify its actual benefits. Additionally, the organization is analyzed to detect its goals and requirements. The information is used to determine the technology's potential for the organization in a methodical and quantifiable way. Based on the identified potential, an evaluation is carried out to assess the technology's usefulness and ease of use. In the present thesis all the steps of the approach are described in detail along with specification templates and examples. Additionally, the approach has undergone an evaluation to detect its strengths and weaknesses.