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View technology risks in a timeline

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View technology risks in a timeline

The timeline view of the Technology Portfolio Management displays the internal and external lifecycle phases of all technologies or the software models being used in your organization. The stages at which the technology is in terms of risk factor is color coded.

Before you begin

To view your data in the TPM timeline view, you have to create an inventory of business applications, then associate the business application with a business service. Finally associate the business service with the software models.

The Enterprise Architect (EA) can use the timeline view to track the versions and lifecycles of technologies, the number of applications running on those technologies and then create ideas and projects, and assess risk on a business application due to end of life.

The lines in the timeline indicate the lifecycles of the software models. The lines are color coded which indicates the stages of risk at which the software model is at that point in time (quarter or year).

Role required: sn_apm.apm_analyst


  1. Navigate to Application Portfolio Management > Technology Portfolio Management (TPM) > Technology Lifecycles.
    Figure 1. Technology Portfolio Management timeline view
    Technology Portfolio Management timeline view
  2. Select to view the technologies either grouped By Business Application or By Category.
    Selecting view By Business Application displays the Business Applications > Business Services > Software Models structure in a succession. It also displays the applications by their manufacturers, for example, Oracle, SAP, and so on.

    Selecting view By Category displays the Category > Software Models > Business Applications > Business Services structure in a succession. It also lists applications by category, for example data technology, server technology, network technology, and application technology.

  3. Use the Enter Search Business Application field to search for an application from the list in the Application column.
  4. Enable the Show only Production Instances check box to see the risks that your production instances alone are liable to.
  5. By default the Show Quarterly check box is enabled to show the timeline for the four quarters in a year.
    Disable the check box to see the timeline across all the months in a year. This helps you to track precisely the risk stage of an application in a particular month of a year.
  6. Click the Legend (Legend icon) icon to know the indications of the markings on the lifecycle lines and the colors of the lifecycle lines.
    The gradation in the color denotes the gradual phasing out of risk from one stage to the phasing in of the next stage.
  7. Click Create choice list to create an idea or a project.
    • Application column: Lists all the business applications that are used in your organization. Expand a business application to see the number of business services that use this business application. Expand the business service further to see software models that it is based on.
    • Risk column: Risks can be high, moderate, low, or not assessed.

      Technology risks are calculated at the software model level and at the business application level.

  8. Click the Lifecycle phase on the timeline to view the lifecycle information of the software model.
    The Publisher Lifecycle (P) and the Internal Lifecycle (I) information that pops up in the timeline come from the Software Model Lifecycles (sam_sw_model_lifecycle) table. As a SAM user or software model manager, you can add the software model lifecycle detailsadd the software model lifecycle details to the software model. This table holds the information to the software model, its lifecycle type (internal or external), lifecycle phases, start and end date of the phase, and the risk.

    The vertical line on the timeline indicates the current quarter you are in.

What to do next

To update the underlying data of what you see in the TPM timeline view, you can update the business applications, associate the business application with a business service and associate the business service with the software models.