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What is the TOGAF® framework?

The TOGAF® standard is for Enterprise Architecture, what ITIL is for Service Management, Prince2 for Project Development and SABSA for Security Management. The Open Group reports from 2016 that more than 60% of the Fortune 500 companies have included the TOGAF® framework as the standard for Enterprise Architecture. The TOGAF® standard brings together enterprise, information and infrastructure. It is the process of actual architecture; the link between enterprise, IT and project management.

Every organization is subject to change. From strategic to daily changes, from long-term to rapid changes. How do you ensure that the business future is and remains stable? In order to support changes, Enterprise Architecture must bring the business design and IT together. The TOGAF® standard provides a common view on the matter, making the approach unambiguous.

The TOGAF® standard (The Open Group Architecture Framework) is a globally accepted and applied framework for Enterprise Architecture. This framework brings together business architecture, information architecture and infrastructure architecture. The TOGAF® framework is an open and vendor-independent method for developing and managing Enterprise Architectures. The process model describes the life cycle of an architecture in phases and process steps. The TOGAF® standard supports organizational aspects such as control, governance and the possibilities in the field of people and technology.

The TOGAF® framework is used by 80% of the top 50 Global Companies and 60% of the Fortune 500 companies. In the Netherlands, the TOGAF® standard is widely used by both government organizations and the private sector.

The framework divides the Enterprise Architecture into four architecture domains:

1. Business architecture: here the business strategy, governance and key business processes are defined.

2. Data architecture: describes the technical data structures of the organization.

3. Application architecture: the blueprint of the application landscape is drawn up here, in this blueprint the coherence and the interactions between the applications and the relationship with the business processes are described.

4. Technology architecture: with this the software and hardware capabilities are meant to run all services. The technology architecture includes the IT infrastructure, middleware, networks, etc.

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The Unit Company TOGAF® ADM

The Architecture Development Method

Within the TOGAF® framework the Architecture Development Method (ADM) is the core focus. The center of the cycles is Requirements Management, which is addressed in each of the other phases with the exception of the Preliminary phase.

The cycles start with a business case (phase A). Then the architecture building blocks are made (phase B, C and D). After drawing up the building blocks, we look for real solutions that can be implemented (phase E & F). When this plan is in place and the building blocks are made, the project or agile team can start with the implementation. This happens outside the ADM cycles, but in phase G and H the governance is done on the implementation process.

What is especially important to remember is that the ADM cycles is not a step-by-step approach, but an iterative flow in which Requirements Management is always central. It is a continuous process for organizing and managing these different requirements and the changes to them. These requirements are drawn up in terms of content within the other phases.

Why the TOGAF® framework?

The TOGAF® standard is a proven method and best practice. It offers a step-by-step approach to the design and implementation of architecture.

  • The TOGAF® framework ensures an unambiguous approach
  • The TOGAF® framework ensures that you appoint things in the same way
  • The TOGAF® framework contains tools that ensure that architecture, project management and operations management work well together
  • The TOGAF® framework ensures that your architecture does the work
  • The TOGAF® framework provides governance
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TOGAF benefits

The 7 benefits of the TOGAF® standard

The implementation of the TOGAF® framework in your organization has many advantages, for both business and IT.

  1. The TOGAF® standard is the bridge between business strategy and IT implementation
  2. The TOGAF® standard supports revenue generation and cost reduction by enabling faster, smarter projects
  3. The TOGAF® standard provides transparency for business stakeholders
  4. The TOGAF® standard ensures alignment of IT budget and business strategy and objectives
  5. The TOGAF® standard stimulates smart re-use of existing processes, applications and infrastructure
  6. The TOGAF® standard ensures sustainable business agility
  7. The TOGAF® standard facilitates a pragmatic approach for IT projects

Convinced of the TOGAF® framework? Sign up now for our TOGAF® 9 Certified Training.

For whom?

The TOGAF® standard is suitable for:

  • Enterprise Architects
  • IT Architects
  • Business Architects
  • Project Managers
  • IT Specialists
  • Software Engineers
  • (IT) Managers
  • Business Analysts
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A TOGAF® standard practical case study

Rienk de Kok, MSc
Business Architect & Trainer
@ The Unit Company

Learn in 15 minutes through a practical case study how the TOGAF® framework enables the transformation from a traditional retail store to an online store. Topics covered in this case study are: what is an Architecture Vision and how do I describe it? What are Solution Building Blocks (SBBs) and Architecture Building Blocks (ABBs) and how do I use them? How do I use the ADM in practice? And what are baseline and target architectures?

Our vision on TOGAF® 9 Certified training

TOGAF® is a very good tool for the architectural realization. In our opinion, the process approach works very pleasantly. Through the TOGAF® framework not only a few vague architecture images are made that nobody understands: TOGAF® goes from the business desire, to business-IT realization, to solutions and finally to implementation.

In our training you will learn about Enterprise Architecture and all facets of the TOGAF® Framework. The training consists of a theoretical background and practical exercises. Within the training you will be guided by experienced trainers and you will work together with other students. After the training you will have sufficient knowledge to apply the TOGAF® standard in your daily work and to pass the exams.

Our TOGAF® 9 Foundation and Certified training is accredited by The Open Group.

TOGAF® Accreditation The Open Group

What do you learn in our accredited TOGAF® 9 Certified Training?

In our TOGAF® training course, accredited by The Open Group, you will learn all about Enterprise Architecture and the TOGAF® standard to successfully pass the TOGAF® exams. If you choose our 5-day training, you will also be certified within 1 week! In the diagram below you can read what the themes are per training day.

On the first training day we will introduce you to Enterprise Architecture and the TOGAF® standard. It also becomes clear how the TOGAF® framework is structured and what the route to TOGAF® Certified professional looks like. On the programme are among others:

  • Introduction to Enterprise Architecture and the TOGAF® standard
  • The Open Group and The Open Group Architecture Framework (TOGAF®)
  • Tooling and teaching materials
  • Definitions TOGAF® Core Concepts
  • The 7 parts of the TOGAF® framework
  • Building Blocks, NFR and Architecture patterns
  • Official practice questions for the examinations
  • Practical exercises

Convinced of the TOGAF® standard? Sign up now for our TOGAF® 9 Certified Training.

What do the exams look like?

To become a TOGAF® Certified professional, you need to pass two exams: the Level 1 (Foundation) exam and the Level 2 (Certified) exam. The exams are as follows:

Level 1 (Foundation) 

  • 40 multiple choice questions
  • You may not use the book during the exam
  • You will have 60 minutes, 90 minutes if the English language is not your native language.
  • You pass the exam when answered 55% correct

Level 2 (Certified) 

  • 8 scenario based multiple choice questions
  • You may use the book during the exam.
  • You will have 90 minutes, 120 minutes if the English language is not your native language
  • You pass the exam when answered 60% correct
How does the TOGAF® exams look like?

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