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The Stages of CDFI Technology Maturity

Universal Technology Maturity Model-06

Stage 1


Borrower experience is reactive and manual. Basic software with no integrations. Unable to interpret data. Organization is technophobic. Impact reporting is reactive. No organized collection of data and sensitive data is stored openly. IT support is limited. No data strategy.

Universal Technology Maturity Model-07

Stage 2


Organization now utilizing loan servicing platform, CRM, and accounting platform. Coordinated information sharing across organization. Manual integrations. Manual report generation with output impact reporting. Developing in-house super users. Secured correspondence and data storage. Open to technology changes but skeptical.

Universal Technology Maturity Model-08

Stage 3

Defined and Measured

Using a customer portal. CRM across all functions with core systems implemented and integrated. Strategic IT plan in place. Collecting key data and cleaning regularly. Some automated reports. Output reporting by borrower demographic. Comfortable with technology and open to improvement. Security protocols in place and observed.

Universal Technology Maturity Model-09

Stage 4

Well Managed

Single point for borrower interaction. Core systems are cloud based and integrated. Technology aligns with mission. Data warehouse in place. Data quality reporting with external measures. Centralized outcome and longitudinal analysis. Some compliance reporting is automated. MFA, Encryption, IP security. Secure and compliant IT.

Universal Technology Maturity Model-10

Stage 5


Seamless borrower experience. Fully integrated, open architecture. All systems are automated and integrated. Fully automated data collection with QC. Automated forecasting, prescriptive measure and outcome modeling. Technology is symbiotic to organization. Third party audits of security. In-house IT development.

Getting Started

1. Evaluate Needs

• Assess current challenges
• Engage business leaders and
board in process
• Consider third party assessment

2. Develop a Strategy

• Figure out desired stage and
• Align technology plan with
your mission and vision

3. Execute

• Develop phased and thorough
implementation plan
• Implement new technology
• Work with users to manage change

Need some help creating your plan?

ATX takes a structured approach toward technology assessments to quickly deliver high value results. We offer several different types of technology assessment services including:

• IT Application Strategy • BI Strategy
• Software Selection • System Implementation
• Project Management • Business Process Design

Start your journey today!