I'm looking for a phrase analogous to "literature review", but referring to the review of technologies available to solve a particular problem.

That is, what would I call the process of comparing the features and functionality of available software or hardware with the intention of selecting one to be implemented in a project?


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I am in the industry and we use technology review and technology audit.

Single words that give technical significance (to at least my groups) are audit and scoping.

  • Would this also apply to the review of available software packages within a programming language? Apr 2, 2014 at 18:23
  • @metasequoia - That is basically 80% of the auditing and scoping that we do. Apr 2, 2014 at 18:24

When I've performed such a review of options within a given context, I'll consider the term 'survey'. To me it leaves the door open a bit — it isn't necessarily a comprehensive, exhaustive examination of all options, but gives the reader an idea of what is out there, what the contenders are, etc.

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