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IF4IT Inventory of Business and Information Technology (IT) Resources

About IF4IT Resources...

This page acts as an entry point for various openly available resources that have been created, compiled and/or published by The International Foundation for Information Technology (IF4IT). Unless otherwise explicitly stated, all resources are subject to the terms of use, which are detailed in the IF4IT Master Agreement. In short, you and your enterprise are free to use these resources to learn from and to solve your own professional problems, however, you are not free to rebrand or use these resources for profit, either directly or indirectly, without explicitly written consent from the IF4IT to do so. Also, these open resources should not be confused with our for profit resources, which are clearly listed on The Foundation's Products and Services page.

Our Documentation, Publishing, and Governance Paradigm...

The IF4IT adopts an open source-like model for creating and publishing its resources. Topics for publication are submitted to The Foundation from many sources. They are reviewed for viability, prioritized, written in original form, and then published for open use. The community of end users then selects whatever material is important to them, reviews it through adoption & application, and submits requests for improvements, as needed, which are then fed back into the review and development process. Frequency of publication is almost daily.

How to Access These Resources...

The table, below, is sortable. You can sort multiple columns by holding the "shift" key down as you select columns in the desired order of nesting. Some entries point directly to resources, while others point to landing pages with collections that itemize and organize resources which are too long to list, here.

Resource Category Short Name Long Name Resource Description


Business & IT Disciplines

The Master Inventory of Business and Information Technology (IT) Professional Disciplines

A powerful catalog consisting of the more than 1,000 different areas of any enterprise that IT will either have to own & operate and/or provide solutions and services for, as that enterprise grows...

  • Each discipline acts as an individual framework for learning about that specific discipline area
  • Frameworks can be used to help teach or learn about different areas of IT and the enterprise, in a consistent manner
  • All frameworks are structured in a consistent manner for rapid learning and application
  • Every discipline is aligned with its specific glossary of terms and phrases


IT Glossary

The Master Glossary of Information Technology (IT) Terms and Phrases for Operations & Management

The largest and most comprehensive IT Glossary in the world...

  • The largest and most comprehensive IT Glossary in the world
  • Lexicographically designed to ensure consistency of semantics
  • Grows and a improves at a rate that outpaces most other IT Glossaries combined (over 100,000 terms and growing)
  • Each and every term is linked back to it semantic root and its discipline area
  • Can be used to teach and ensure language consistency and semantics, through your enterprise, regardless of its size and vertical industry


Capability Modeling Framework

Capability Modeling Framework for the Identification and Implementation of Enterprise Capabilities

A tool for identifying and representing Enterprise Capabilities, covering topics such as but not limited to:

  • Naming Conventions
  • Classifications
  • Structures
  • Common Issues
  • Representations
  • Practical Applications
  • and much, much more.


IT Deployment Framework

The Information Technology (IT) Software and Systems Deployment Framework

A tool for understanding what it means to fully deploy Systems, Software, and Applications:

  • What deployment actually means and how it fits into broader processes, such as the SDLC and Release Management
  • What common deployment functions are, such as Building, Packaging, Distribution, Installation, Initialization, and Execution
  • What it means to deploy within a specific Environment
  • What it means to deploy across environments
  • Segregation of Duties, within and/or across Environments
  • and much more.


IT Environment Framework

The Information Technology (IT) Environment Framework for Systems, Software, and Applications

A tool for understanding what Environments, including topics such as:

  • Definitions and descriptions
  • Breakdown of clear purpose
  • Roles and Responsibilities
  • Segregation of Duties
  • How Environments fit into broader processes, such as the SDLC and Release Management
  • and much more.


IT Learning Framework

The Information Technology (IT) Learning Framework

If you're new to Information Technology (IT) Operations and Management or need to help others learn about it, the IT Learning Framework is the place to start. This learning framework gets into the fundamentals of IT and how everything fits together, including but not limited to topics such as:

  • What Information Technology (IT) really means, including its various definitions,
  • Canonical Models for IT,
  • The Systems/Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC),
  • IT Environments,
  • IT Deployment,
  • IT Capabilities and Disciplines,
  • IT Project Management,
  • and much more.


IT Project Framework

The Information Technology (IT) Project Management Framework

Did you ever wonder why people with general project management certifications are often horrible at IT project delivery? This document helps clarify why and what really is to important, in order to be successful. It covers topics such as but not limited to:

  • Understanding what an IT Project means,
  • Understanding the difference between IT Projects and Releases,
  • Understanding IT Programs vs. Projects,
  • Planning for your projects to conform with and address important aspects of SDLC,
  • Planning for delivery within Operational Environments,
  • Planning for delivery across Operational Environments,
  • Understanding inter-asset dependencies,
  • and much more.


SDLC Framework

The Systems/Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) Framework

The Systems / Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC) Framework is a great way to understand how things are delivered within and across IT organizations. This framework includes but is not limited to topics such as:

  • Common SDLC terminology, language, and definitions,
  • The different types of SDLC,
  • How SDLC and Operating Environments work together,
  • What it means to deploy within Operating Environments,
  • What it means to release or deliver across Operating Environments,
  • Roles and Responsibilities,
  • Separation of duties,
  • and much more.

Every mature IT Organization has an SDLC and constantly works to make it more efficient, less complex, and more affordable to operate. SDLCs are considered to be the backbone of IT Delivery and exist in all vertical industries that have or leverage IT Organizations.


Glossary Inventory

An Itemized Inventory of Business and Information Technology Glossaries

If, instead of one large comprehensive enterprise glossary, you want to find glossaries that are aligned to specific Business and/or Information Technology (IT) areas or domains (i.e. disciplines), this is the place to look. Our hierarchical inventory of Glossaries offers:

  • More than 1,000 individual glossaries that are directly linked to corresponding domain or discipline areas,
  • Grouping of terms by domain or discipline area,
  • Lexicographical consistency, both, within and across glossaries,
  • Controlled vocabularies, by domain or discipline area,
  • Semantic linkages between compound and root terms,
  • Term and Phrase linkage to corresponding domain or discipline area,
  • and much more.

Use IF4IT Glossaries to help teach, learn, standardize, and even apply Business and IT language.


Enterprise Capability Model

The Enterprise Capability Model as a Comprehensive Representation of Business and Information Technology (IT) Disciplines

The IF4IT Enterprise Capability Model is a powerful tool that can be used for a broad spectrum of things that include everything from the facilitation of Knowledge Sharing, across the entire enterprise, to things as complex as Mergers, Acquisitions, and Divestitures. This model includes things like:

  • Common Business Capabilities,
  • Common Information Technology (IT) Capabilities,
  • Logistical capabilities that span, both, the Business and Information Technology (IT),
  • Naming conventions,
  • Structuring,
  • and much more.


IT Templates

The Master Inventory of Enterprise Templates

A growing set of templates that are published by the Foundation to help facilitate your work in different areas, including but not limited to:

  • Inventory Templates,
  • Form Templates (Coming Soon),
  • Presentation Templates (Coming Soon),
  • Architecture Templates (Coming Soon),
  • Project Templates (Coming Soon),
  • Support Templates (Coming Soon),
  • and much more.

Use these templates to help standardize your data collection and representation efforts, across your organization or even across your entire enterprise.


IT Taxonomies

Master Inventory of Information Technology (IT) Taxonomies

A growing master inventory of Enterprise Taxonomies that represent key categorizations or types and that includes:

  • Business Taxonomies,
  • Information Technology (IT) Taxonomies,
  • Controlled Vocabularies based on lexicographical principles for consistency,
  • Linkages back to relevant discipline areas,
  • and much more.


In addition to the terms of use specified in The Foundation's Master Agreement, the IF4IT would like to remind you that no concept or solution is perfect. Therefore, we believe it's ethical and in your best interest for The Foundation to remind you that you should always do your best to research as many options as possible before you select and/or apply any recommendations or solutions. The material offered in all IF4IT resources represents best practices and guidelines that are considered to be relatively common industry knowledge/wisdom, and what we've published has been done so to the best of our ability, with no guarantee of perfection, given the limited resources we have. Having said this, The Foundation takes great pride in our published resources and we believe that, when you compare them to other available resources, you will come to realize the benefits of our offerings. We wish you the best in your endeavors. Please always feel free to offer ideas and suggestion for improvement via our Contact Us page.

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