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A technology is a unit of software or hardware that is part of or supports a system.

Technologies include operating systems, database management systems, integrated development environments, continuous build systems, and so on. A technology can also be an implementation of a technical standard. For example, a Java Runtime Environment (JRE) is an implementation of the Java Language Specification.

Some examples of technologies are:

  • Apache Ant
  • Microsoft Exchange
  • Microsoft Windows
  • IBM WebSphere Application Server
  • Oracle Database

Technology fields 

Field name



Name of the entity record. Names should be descriptive and intuitive.


Description of the entity.


Classification of the entity record.

Enterprise Approval

State of the entity with respect to the enterprise approval process.


The Technology's Version is an identifier for it's release or publication.


An abbreviated name for the entity. Acronyms are included in searches in the search bar.

Lifecycle State

The state of the entity with respect to enterprise management and planning.


Category for classifying the entity record.

Release Date

The date the technology was implemented by the enterprise.

Retire Date

The date the enterprise stopped using the technology.


Link to a website or more information related to the technology.

Content Status

State of the entity record. Content status is used to control contributions throughout the lifecycle of an entity. The statuses are as follows, in order:

  • Identified – entity record has been added, perhaps with very minimal information.
  • Planned – entity record has been prioritized for inventory, with a completion date.
  • In Process – entity record is being inventoried, with a completion date.
  • Completed – inventory is complete, but is yet to be reviewed.
  • Approved – inventory has been reviewed and verified.


Additional information about the entity.

Lifecycle Roadmap

Chart that displays the lifecycle states for the entity graphically in a time frame according to their date ranges (if set).

Parent Technologies

The more generic technology that the current technology is a child of.

Child Technologies

The more specific editions or versions of the current technology.

Containing Technologies

The package or suite that contains the current technology. For example, Microsoft Office includes a suite of individual applications.

Contained Technologies

The technologies that are part of the current technology.

Previous Technologies

The previous release of the current technology or the retired technology that was replaced by the current technology.

Subsequent Technologies

The newer release of the current technology or the technology that will replace the current technology.


URLs to online resources that provide additional information about the entity.


A custom flag that you can add to entity records to group them into a collection or report.