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Introduction into the TOGAF® Standard. What is it?
The TOGAF® Standard (The Open Group Architecture Framework) is a globally accepted and applied framework for Enterprise Architecture.
The TOGAF® standard is for Enterprise Architecture, what ITIL is for Service Management, Prince2 for Project Development and SABSA and CISP for Security Management. It is an open and vendor-independent method for developing and managing Enterprise Architectures.
The process model manages the life cycle of an enterprise architecture in predictable and repeatable phases and process steps. The TOGAF® standard supports organizational aspects such as operational control, governance and the possibilities in the field of people and technology.
The TOGAF® Standard aligns change in business operations, information management and IT infrastructure in a coherent way.
Every organization is subject to change. From strategic to daily changes, from long-term to rapid changes. In order to support changes, Enterprise Architecture must the business operations and IT together. The TOGAF® standard provides a common view on the matter, making the approach unambiguous.
More than 60% of the Fortune 500 companies have included the TOGAF® framework as the standard for Enterprise Architecture (source: The Open Group – 2016)
The TOGAF® framework and the four Enterprise architecture domains:
- Business architecture:
here the business strategy, governance and key business processes are defined.
- Data architecture:
describes the technical data structures of the organization.
- 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.
- 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.
The TOGAF® 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.
The 7 benefits of the TOGAF® standard
The implementation of the TOGAF® framework in your organization has many advantages, for both business and IT.
The TOGAF® Standard
- is the bridge between business strategy and IT implementation
- upports revenue generation and cost reduction by enabling faster, smarter projects
- provides transparency for business stakeholders
- ensures alignment of IT budget and business strategy and objectives
- stimulates smart re-use of existing processes, applications and infrastructure
- ensures sustainable business agility
- facilitates a pragmatic approach for IT projects
A TOGAF® use case – transformation from traditional retail to online webshop.
Topics in this use case:
- 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?
Rienk de Kok, MSc
About TOGAF® Training and certification
- In this training you will learn about Enterprise Architecture and all ins and outs 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.
- We will proctor your exams during the training. Alternatively you will receive exam vouchers.
This TOGAF® Foundation and Practitioner Training is accredited by The Open Group.
About TOGAF® exams
To become a TOGAF® Certified professional, you need to pass two exams: the Level 1 (Foundation) exam and the Level 2 (Practitioner) exam. The exams are as follows:
Foundation (Level 1)
- 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 60% correct
Practitioner (Level 2)
- 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 scored 65% correct