Technology roadmaps are a useful management tool for identifying and evaluating technologies. They allow analysing technology evolution in the market and consequently guiding the organisation’s strategy and decision-making. Such tools help carry out organisation external analysis, such as a patent mapping or an internal analysis. The outcome is a “road map” for planned action, therefore, technology intelligence plays a strategic role in technology management.
Roadmapping techniques help organisations building a common vision of the innovation strategy, as a result of a collective and jointed analysis process. Some questions should be addressed:
Where is the organisation right now?
Where to go? What to reach?
Which challenges and barriers should be overcome?
Which kind of solutions should be adopted to achieve the goals.