TOGAF Is the fastest growing adopted framework for enterprise architecture. Thousands of people per year are getting TOGAF certified (50,000+ to-date worldwide) and it has become the standard for enterprise architecture practices around the world.

We have been actively involved with applying TOGAF since 2006 (TOGAF version 7) and have helped numerous organizations adopt & implement enterprise architecture TOGAF. The purpose of this section is to share some of our experiences with enterprise architecture TOGAF, give people some tips and share our lessons learned.



    TOGAF Support in Enterprise Architecture Software
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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 your EA tool support TOGAF”. What does this actually mean?

To answer this we have to breakdown what TOGAF is and then describe what support from a tool should/could look like:

  1. First there is the TOGAF ADM, which is really the TOGAF process framework. It includes the different phases to develop enterprise architecture. So from an enterprise architecture software perspective it is really about supporting the ADM. Does the software support the ADM cycle, the different phases. Can I tailor the Adm to my specific needs (meaning can I define what needs to be produced at which phase based on my needs)?

  2. Secondly TOGAF defines around 80 different artifacts an enterprise architect can create (often created during an ADM cycle). So tying this back to the enterprise architecture software, does the software support the TOGAF defined artifacts, can I create these artifacts, and does it have templates for these artifacts?

  3. Thirdly there is the TOGAF Governance side. Usually governance breaks down into Decision Log and Compliance Assessments. So does the tool allow me to capture architecture decisions and perform compliance assessments? TOGAF doesn’t provide much detail within these areas on how to manage a decision log or how to perform alignment assessments. So that part would be up to the tool’s implementation.

  4. Onto the repository side, we get to the TOGAF Metamodel. TOGAF comes with a full flushed out metamodel and from an enterprise architecture software perspective it simply means does the tool support the TOGAF meta-model?

  5. Next to the metamodel are TOGAF Viewpoints and Views. Viewpoints are like the metadata and Views are the actual visual diagrams. So from a tooling perspective can you create visual diagrams and capture metadata for these diagrams? Now this topic could be expanded with the Open Group Archimate, which is their standard for EA diagram notations but for this article we will keep this out.

  6. Last in the list is the support for the TOGAF Continuum which describes how to classify architecture components and EA artifacts etc. The architecture components could be applications, servers, business functions etc. EA Artifacts includes Reference Library or Standards Library artifacts. So does EA software support segmenting / partitioning your architecture components and artifacts?

Please note the above is not intended as a complete list of what is required to support TOGAF but a practical view of the different areas within TOGAF enterprise architecture software could provide support for and what that support might look like

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Enterprise Architecture Software using TOGAF

Why use EAComposer use as your TOGAF Software?

  • Full support for the TOGAF and Archimate, with real-life templates for all 80+ architecture artifacts defined by the ADM. There for you to use.
  • Our repository is fully aligned with the TOGAF Enterprise Continuum meaning you can segregate your architecture content as the Enterprise Continuum outlines.
  • A visual modeler that can produce any TOGAF viewpoint and support all the Archimate notations as well as the flexibility to extend where needed.
  • Supports the TOGAF Governance in a practical, simple but very effective way. Produce monthly alignment assessments in minutes using our unique dashboards.
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