TOGAF stands for “The Open Group Architecture Framework” and is today the most cited and reused knowledge book with detailed methods and tools for developing an enterprise architecture within a company.
The latest TOGAF version is 9.2. It was published in 2018 and is the first version that provides answers to the Digital Transformation. The very first version was published in 1995 and since then it has developed through the work of more than 300 TOGAF forum members from many different global companies. It therefore gives a good overview of common EA practices across many different organizations.
Enterprise Architecture includes the whole IT landscape of an organization, including the business processes and capabilities, applications, information systems, and technologies.
In order to deal with that complexity, TOGAF provides support to document and manage the activities and deliverables required from Enterprise Architecture. Key documents of Enterprise Architecture include blueprints of the TOGAF layers, as-is states, target states, roadmaps, as well as the TOGAF Glossary.
Applying TOGAF methods and tools helps to develop an EA function that is consistent, considers stakeholder requirements, employs best practices, enables demand management and considers trends and future needs of an organization.
The extensive version of the TOGAF knowledge book is called the “TOGAF Standard” and is available on the TOGAF website. Further, TOGAF provides much more interesting and beneficial content on Enterprise Architecture. As all the content can be confusing at first sight, I have created a more detailed view on what TOGAF is and what is important to know.
Nowadays, many people are certified in TOGAF because they want to deliver the benefits of TOGAF to their organizations or they want to increase their individual market value. In order to become certified, one needs to pass level 1 and level 2 of the TOGAF exams. While one needs to study a lot of theory to become TOGAF level 1 certified, the TOGAF level 2 focuses more on an architectural understanding. In order to pass both levels without problem, one should follow these 10 simple tips that I summarized for test takers.
Business capabilities more and more take over the role as primary concept when it comes to manage all kinds of alignments and gain transparency of one or more organizations. In this article, I would like to present five major use cases that business capabilities can enable and what is needed to achieve the desired benefits.
Most organizations used to take process descriptions to describe their organization and their IT. Nowadays, organizations consider business capabilities to be more adequate for such purposes. In short, business capabilities describe what a company does, while processes describe, how a company does it. Also, business capabilities are a more stable and easier-to-understand framework than a traditional process landscape is. This enables a couple of fundamental use cases.
This article provides a short summary about the TOGAF exams level 1 and 2, a link summary to everything that is important to know, such as where to find test questions, good summaries, and an evaluation of them, as well as many tips and tricks that I found out studying for the exams myself. By reading and following everything in this article and looking at the links, I am confident that you are perfectly prepared to take the TOGAF exams!
Interestingly, there are even large companies out there that put very little to no effort in assessing, managing, and developing their business architecture within their enterprise architecture practice. It seems that, due to the very few benefits realized from business architecture in the short-term, the focus of enterprise architecture had been more on technology solutions, information, and data. With the rediscovery of enterprise architecture during the past few years, this seems to be changing and the result is a high demand for business architecture Expertise.
TOGAF stands for “The Open Group Architecture Framework” and is today the most cited and reused knowledge book with detailed methods and tools for developing an enterprise architecture within a company. This post provides all information that you need to know and where to find further information.
The purpose of Enterprise Architecture is to provide concepts and frameworks that guide architects to simplify and illustrate the IT landscape of organizations to increase overall transparency, alignment, governance, and enable harmonization efforts. In order to achieve this, enterprise architecture needs to consider the full IT landscape across applications, data, technologies, and infrastructures and also business elements, such as business processes and business capabilities. In the following, I provide an overview of the capabilities that an established and well-working enterprise architecture organization needs.
It is amazing to see how Amazon’s certification programs for its AWS cloud have established themselves within the IT certification landscape. In 2019, AWS certifications have gained such a global popularity that exams can be taken now in four different languages (English, Japanese, Korean, and Chinese Mandarin), the number of searches for keywords such as “AWS certification” or “certified cloud practitioner” have never been higher, and AWS certifications have become resume highlights for employers.
The cloud architected framework helps developers to create stable, secure, and efficient pieces of software (applications) for cloud environments. The framework has five main pillars, which are operational excellence, security, reliability, performance, and efficiency. For every pillar, AWS has defined principles that each and every developer should consider during his or her work. In order to tailor the relevant content for the right people, AWS has developed a rather complex trainings and certifications structure, which includes four major roles, several additional training paths, and a couple of certification levels. In the following, I provide a comprehensive overview of the trainings, certifications, and roles in order to help you understand what could be the next step for you.
Enterprise architects usually have the same opinion about that question: TOGAF is probably the most important and renown enterprise architecture concept. However, many people without IT or architecture experience hear “TOGAF” for the first time and struggle with understanding the concept as it inhibits quite some different aspects from which not all are very intuitive. Today’s article is for those who want to grasp a high-level understanding of “TOGAF” to understand if it is something that they should know about, can use, and hence should learn more about.
Establishing an enterprise architecture management (EAM) practice within an organization is challenging due to a couple of reasons: Benefits can only be seen in the long-term, the scope of activities is usually quite comprehensive and needs to involve many different stakeholders, and business and IT have to not only talk, but also listen to each other. In order to overcome such challenges, I have listed my top 10 success factors for an enterprise architecture management practice in this post.