After two years of being buried in trial and error, ThoughtWorks has finally made the transition from a product to a project. The company has a specialized enterprise fit ring that helps select technologies and move them up the adoption ladder. Its mission: to ensure that clients get the best value from their software. And though many of these new techniques are still in the trial phase, the results are worth the wait.
The report also outlines the company’s strategy for each technology. The company has a list of more than 100 items, grouped into four categories. These categories include low-risk projects, enterprise-scale projects, and products for smaller teams. Each item is assessed for potential and is then ranked accordingly. However, ThoughtWorks makes no distinction between trial and adopt. It categorizes these items by a series of criteria that can help businesses decide which ones to use and which ones to discard.
ThoughtWorks claims to offer “opinions based on experience” in its Technology Radar reports. However, there is very little detail in their posts. For example, their November 2017 Technology Radar report includes four quadrants, and each entry in that quadrant is described only briefly. Each of these categories is outlined in the company’s own terms and not included in the ThoughtWorks’ Technology Radiar.
ThoughtWorks claims that its Technology Radar reports are based on experience and are unbiased. However, their posts provide very little analysis. The November Technology Radar report includes four quadrants and one entry in each. While the company does not provide extensive definitions of each entry, its posts are largely a brief examination of my experience with each of these items. And they also contain very few specific examples and insights.
While ThoughtWorks has developed a number of software tools over the years, it has been a long time since the company has released its Technology Radar. Its newest report is a comprehensive guide to its technology trends and strategy. It covers four major domains, languages, and platforms. In fact, it covers all of these technologies. If you’re a tech nerd, this report is crucial.
ThoughtWorks claims to share opinions based on experience, but its Technology Radar reports are often uninspiring and offer little discussion. In the November Technology Radar, though, the company lists four technologies and describes them in the market in terms of the level of adoption. Nevertheless, it claims to share its technology research with the world. This is not the case. Its reports are merely descriptions of what ThoughtWorks has learned from their research.
While ThoughtWorks is known for its software development, it does not necessarily follow a rigid methodology. It uses four different categories of technology to create their reports. The first category, Enterprise, is used for enterprise projects. The second is for low-risk, and the third is for trial. The fourth category, Enterprise, is the most practical. The latter is the most mature of the four. The last stage, and it is an indication of the success of the product.
The Technology Radar reports are useful for developers, but they don’t offer much in the way of discussion. ThoughtWorks’ November 2017 report features four quadrants that cover software in different categories. Each post addresses one entry from each category, but it does not define each term. It simply considers my experiences with each technology. The company is well-known for its innovative thinking, but their products are rarely widely adopted.
ThoughtWorks’ Technology Radar reports are generally categorized into four categories. For Enterprise projects, it recommends technologies that are appropriate for the company’s culture. For Trial to Adopt projects, though, it recommends technologies that will increase a company’s profitability. It also provides recommendations for low-risk projects. Its Technology Radar also offers limited discussion. It’s not easy to predict which technology will make it to adopt, or which technologies will lag behind.