An Introduction to TOGAF

With many TOGAF Wiki articles being published on a regular basis, you may be overwhelmed with the variety of TOGAF introductions and interpretations that are available. To save you from going through the wide range of TOGAF wiki articles, we have provided a simple TOGAF Introduction below.


What is TOGAF?


A TOGAF introduction: TOGAF is a framework for Enterprise Architecture which provides a comprehensive approach to the design, planning, implementation and governance of enterprise architecture. An expansion of this TOGAF introduction is that TOGAF helps explains how to derive an organisation specific enterprise architecture that successfully addresses business requirements.


While this TOGAF Introduction is just a brief summary of the many TOGAF Wiki articles that are around, our accredited TOGAF certification course covers the full details of the TOGAF framework. During your research around TOGAF you may also come across some TOGAF Certification Wiki articles outlining the requirements to become TOGAF certified. To summarise the findings of the many TOGAF Certification Wiki articles, below is a summary of the requirements to obtain certification.


How to be TOGAF certified.


To become TOGAF certified you will be required to pass the TOGAF exam. The exam consists of two sections, TOGAF 9 Foundation and TOGAF 9 Certified and each section must be passed in order to obtain an overall pass mark. If you fail a section then no certification is awarded.


In order to pass the TOGAF exams and obtain certification, it is highly recommended that you attend our Open Group accredited training course. As our TOGAF training course is accredited by The Open Group, it provides a complete overview of the TOGAF 9.2 framework. Our TOGAF certified instructor has extensive experience as a practicing architect so you will receive insights and real-world scenarios that help cement learning.


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Our accredited training course covers all of the TOGAF® Standard Version 9.2 Key Learning Points as defined in the Open Group’s TOGAF® Standard Version 9.2 curriculum. Included within this are the following subject areas:

  • The new concepts introduced to TOGAF® Standard Version 9.2.
  • The business rationale behind Enterprise Architecture and TOGAF® Standard.
  • The overall structure and contents of the TOGAF® Standard Version 9.2 document and the key subject matter content.
  • The Architecture Development Method (ADM) cycle and all the phases that make up the cycle.
  • The techniques defined for use in Architecture development.
  • The Architecture Content Framework and the purpose of each of the elements.
  • The guidelines for adapting the ADM process.
  • The Enterprise Continuum and Tools.
  • The concepts, taxonomy and graphical representations of the TOGAF® Standard reference models and their application.
  • The Architecture Capability Framework.
  • The make-up of an Architecture skills framework and why it is needed

      The structure of the course is as follows:

      Structure of the TOGAF® Standard

      Part I: Introduction​

      Part II: Architecture Development Method​

      Part III: ADM Guidelines and Techniques​

      Part IV: Architecture Content Framework​

      Part V: Enterprise Continuum and Tools​

      Part VI: Architecture Capability Framework​

     Structure of the TOGAF® Standard Library

     Section 1: Foundation Documents​

     Section 2: Generic Guidelines and Techniques​

     Section 3: Industry-Specific Guidance and Techniques​

     Section 4: Organisation-Specific Guidance and Techniques​


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How TOGAF Standard Version 9.2 Differs From TOGAF Standard 9.1

TOGAF Standard, Version 9.2 is a great improvement on Version 9.1. The materials and flow in the latest release now has a more understandable, direct bearing on architecture practice and architecture consulting in general. The latest release supports the primacy of business thinking in architecture rather than a focus on IT, which was often how enterprise architecture has been seen. 

The major changes that have been released in TOGAF Standard Version 9.2 include;

  • The structure of TOGAF is now treated as an "eco-system" that includes the core TOGAF Body of Knowledge but also adds links to additional guides, some of which can lead to further credentials with which you can showcase your achievements.
  • The description of the Architecture Development Method precludes a mistaken ‘waterfall’ interpretation and plays to the agile ideas that TOGAF has always supported.
  • The initial phase, Preliminary, now includes a tools strategy with much wider reference to tools beyond architecture such as business modelling and management including repository management, and governance.
  • The first phase in the TOGAF cycle, Architecture Vision, is now explicit about important, early modelling such as Value Chains, Value Streams and Capabilities.  This supports the primacy of business thinking in architecture rather than a focus on IT which was often how enterprise architecture has been seen.
  • The Business Architecture phase has been expanded and is supported by more useful entities and artefacts.
  • The monolithic 9.1 Specification has been slimmed down and surrounded by a useful ecosystem of guides, most of which are geared to the practitioner.  Some of the guides have also been extended, security is an example.
  • Definitions and terms have been worked over for clarity and simplification with extraneous or explanatory material shown as a note

What does TOGAF Standard 9.2 mean if you are certified in TOGAF Standard 9.1

TOGAF 9 certified practitioners do not have to sit a new exam (as was the case with the bridge from 8 to 9). The additional or changed material is extremely useful and valuable to learn. If you would like to show that you have “up-to-date knowledge”, then The Open Group has introduced the TOGAF Essentials 2018 credential that leads to an open badge.

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