Modeling Information Technology–A Pattern Approach for Enhancing Technology Intelligence Processes

Document Type


Publication Date



Nowadays, companies seeking to advance their information systems are facing an overwhelming variety of fast pacing innovations in the information technology sector. Many of these innovations could lead to new ways of extending existing competitive advantages or leveraging weaknesses respectively. Furthermore technological progress is characterized by shorter technology life cycles and by discontinuities. The challenge for developing information systems that contribute to a company’s competitive advantage is to gather intelligence information of technological progress, evaluate possible strategic impacts of that information and prepare for decision making. We argue that technologies may be seen as a form of knowledge and therefore propose a pattern based modeling language to capture and model information technologies. We demonstrate the applicability of the modeling language on the example of web service related technologies.