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TOGAF Strength and Weaknesses

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TOGAF strength & weakness This article describes some of the the strengths and weaknesses of TOGAF. Please note that these relfect our opinion which is based on our experience of using and applying TOGAF for the past 15+ years. TOGAF Strength The...

TOGAF Support in Enterprise Architecture Software

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TOGAF framework When does does your Enterprise Architecture Software support TOGAF? This article describes what kind of support you should/could expect from your enterprise architecture software. A common heard question from EA practitioners is “does...

TOGAF and EA Governance

In general to set up governance you need: 1. Discipline = Commitment to follow procedures, techniques, and power structures. 2. Transparency = Decision backing accessible for review. 3. Independence = Mechanisms to minimize or completely avoid...

TOGAF Background - Management of TOGAF itself

To begin with, TOGAF has an excellent pedigree. The Open Group, creator of TOGAF, is a well established global consortium which exists from 1996 - meaning that it has been around for quite some time now. More than 400 organizations support it, and...

Agile and TOGAF

Agility has become important capability of enterprises. The speed at which clients require changes, at which new regulations affect processes and services, and the simplicity with which competitors can disrupt your business as Apple and Google do...

TOGAF Stakeholder

Enterprise Architecture often tries to address and balance different stakeholder viewpoints. But that doesn't work often. Why? Let's paraphrase Abraham Lincoln: "You can please all of the stakeholders some of the time, and some of the stakeholders all...

TOGAF Skills Framework

The Enterprise Architecture TOGAF framework has its critics, but they (and some of the supporters) typically overlook the point of TOGAF - it is not a step-by-step enterprise architecture guide, but rather a set of tools embodying best EA practices....

TOGAF Pitfalls

Top 10 Most Common TOGAF Pitfalls. First off, TOGAF 9.1 is very valuable and powerful tool for enterprise architecture and overall enterprise architecture management. That being said, we see more and more people expecting too much from TOGAF 9.1 or...

Use DoDAF and TOGAF

In today's competing environment, government agencies, as well as private companies, are in great need to learn how to balance their priorities, adjust existing investments and use their resources to accomplish their business strategy. This was and...

Capability Based Planning

Typically, business architectures are fairly complicated and focus on the fundamental parts of the system as well as standards underlying these fundamentals. These fundamentals usually consist of Capabilities, Process and People. The realization of...

TOGAF Overview

TOGAF is an EA Framework really an EA tool with a step-by-step procedure for development of enterprise architecture. The tool can be downloaded for free from the Open Group website. TOGAF Goals TOGAF has become a standard in enterprise architecture...

TOGAF 9 and TOGAF 9.1 - What Changed

TOGAF 9.1 has been one of the standard tools for EA in the last 5 years. Over 400 comments were addressed and 450 improvements were made to TOGAF 9 resulting in TOGAF 9.1 version. The 9.1 release is completely compatible with TOGAF 9 certification and...

TOGAF and Archimate

TOGAF and ArchiMate, if used together, can make the life of an Enterprise Architect a lot easier. But how exactly are these enterprise architecture tools connected other than both being the products of OpenGroup? Basics TOGAF and ArchiMate are open...

TOGAF vs. Zachman

In this article, we will compare the differences and similarities of Zachman Framework and the TOGAF Framework (The Open Group Architecture Framework). A quick intro to Zachman and TOGAF The Zachman Framework is based on the idea that the same complex...

5 Mistakes In Promoting TOGAF

The Open Group Architecture Framework (TOGAF) is often described as a cure for all enterprise hardships, as a miracle for IT development, and the complete solution for reducing costs and simplifying infrastructures. This reminds us of a story behind...

Business Architecture inside TOGAF

TOGAF doesn't explicitly include Business Capability as part of the Business Architecture phase, it does recognize capabilities within an architectural context. TOGAF includeS Functional Decomposition which is described as: "The purpose of the...

How to Apply TOGAF practically

A recurring theme from people trying to get started with TOGAF. It is also a pretty big question. I can share some of my recommendations and maybe some of these you can consider for your own practice. First of all the biggest mistake with getting...

Getting started with TOGAF - Step 2

Here is a second post in a series of posts which I share my personal experience of implementing and using TOGAF across many different organization both private and public sector. But please note the content in these posts simply reflect my personal,...

Getting started with TOGAF - Step 1

A short series of posts to help you get started with TOGAF. I have been using TOGAF since version 7 and have implemented TOGAF across many different organization both private and public sector. But please note the content in these posts simply reflect...

TOGAF EA Software - what to look for

We have been involved with enterprise architecture using TOGAF for more than 10 years. We also have worked with many different TOGAF software vendors in the past and implemented those different TOGAF software products. I want to share a few bullets...


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