TOGAF FAQs

See below for a list of the most frequently asked questions relating to TOGAF. If you have any further questions relating to TOGAF, please send through an inquiry form and one of our helpful Client Advisors will be in touch.  

What is TOGAF®?

TOGAF® is a globally used standardized framework for Enterprise Architecture. TOGAF is a trusted and vendor-neutral certification which ensures enterprise architecture professionals share the same standards across the world.  

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Why is TOGAF® important?

TOGAF® enables an organisation to create an architecture that aligns and integrates business concerns (people, technologies, processes and infrastructures), information systems architectures (data and applications), and information technology architecture in a sophisticated, robust manner. Using the TOGAF® framework allows you to use tested and proven step-by-step approach to doing this.  In addition to this TOGAF can be tailored to address the unique needs of individual organisations. TOGAF® can also be used in conjunction with other architecture frameworks, standards, and management approaches.

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What is Enterprise Architecture?

An enterprise architecture (EA) is a conceptual blueprint that defines the structure and operation of an organisation. The intent of an enterprise architecture is to determine how an organisation can most effectively achieve its current and future objectives.

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Why do I need enterprise architecture?

The primary reason for developing enterprise architecture is to support the business by providing the fundamental technology and process structure for an IT strategy. This, in turn, makes IT a responsive asset for a successful modern business strategy.

Today's CEOs and business managers know that the effective management of information through IT is the key to business success, and the indispensable means to achieving and maintaining a competitive advantage. Enterprise architecture addresses this need, by providing a strategic context for the evolution of the IT system in response to the constantly changing needs of the business environment.

Effective enterprise architecture enables you to achieve the right balance between IT efficiency and business innovation. It provides the opportunity for individual business units to innovate safely in their quest for competitive advantage. At the same time, it assures the needs of the organisation for an integrated IT strategy, permitting the closest possible synergy across the entire enterprise. The advantages that result from a good enterprise architecture bring important business benefits, which are clearly visible in the bottom line:

A more efficient IT operation:

  • Lower software development, support, and maintenance costs
  • Increased portability of applications
  • Improved interoperability and easier system and network management
  • Improved ability to address critical enterprise-wide issues like security
  • Easier upgrade and exchange of system components

Better return on existing investment, reduced risk for future investment:

  • Reduced complexity in IT infrastructure
  • Maximum return on investment in existing IT infrastructure
  • The flexibility to make, buy, or out-source IT solutions
  • Reduced risk overall in new investment, and the costs of IT ownership

Faster, simpler, and cheaper procurement:

  • Buying decisions are simpler because the information governing procurement is readily available in a coherent plan.
  • The procurement process is faster - maximizing procurement speed and flexibility without sacrificing architectural coherence.
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Why do I need a framework for enterprise architecture?

Utilising an architecture framework will speed up and simplify architecture development, ensure a complete coverage of the designed solution, and make certain that the architecture selected allows for future growth in response to the needs of the business.

Architecture design is a technically complex process, and the design of heterogeneous, multi-vendor architectures is particularly complex. TOGAF® plays an important role in helping to "de-mystify" the architecture development process, enabling IT users to build genuinely open systems-based solutions to their business needs.

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How do you use TOGAF®?

TOGAF® is published by The Open Group on its public Website and may be reproduced freely by any organisation wishing to use it to develop an information systems architecture for use within that organisation.

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What is The Open Group?

The Open Group is the organisation that designed and manages TOGAF®, periodically reviews and revises TOGAF®, accredits TOGAF® training sources, and certifies TOGAF® enterprise architects.

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What are the benefits of using TOGAF®?

There are many benefits to using TOGAF, below are just a few of these benefits;

  • Decreased cost – Most of the upsides of E.A. have a cost benefit. Without it or providing significant business advantage there’s no point. However, it’s ‘challenging’ to produce figures in most cases.
  • Organisation reference model– Amongst other benefits, having a good idea of what you have now gives a better chance of executing change reasonably efficiently.
  • Reduced effort – Endeavours such as design, development, business as usual should become easier/quicker.
  • Increased visibility – Information about people, processes and systems is easier to access
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What specifically does TOGAF® contain?

TOGAF® provides a common sense, practical, prudent, and effective method of developing an IT architecture.

TOGAF consists of two main parts:

  • The TOGAF® Architecture Development Method (ADM), which explains how to derive an organisation-specific IT architecture that addresses business requirements. The ADM provides:
    • A reliable, proven way of developing the architecture
    • Architecture views which enable the architect to ensure that a complex set of requirements are adequately addressed
    • A worked example and linkages to practical case studies
    • Tools for architecture development
  • The TOGAF® Foundation Architecture -- an architecture of generic services and functions that provides a foundation on which specific architectures and architectural building blocks can be built. This Foundation Architecture includes:
    • The TOGAF® Standards Information Base (SIB), a database of open industry standards that can be used to define the particular services and other components of an organisation-specific architecture
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Why get TOGAF® 9.1 Certification?

Obtaining the TOGAF® 9.1 certification status will allow you to demonstrate your knowledge of the core concepts and methods in TOGAF® and how the TOGAF® approach can be successfully applied in the technology and enterprise architecture of an organisation. Having TOGAF® Certification is an outstanding career move, with the certification providing a clear path for professional development in the Enterprise Architecture discipline and is often a mandatory requirement for Architecture roles in many organisations around the world.

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Who should obtain TOGAF® certification?

TOGAF® certification is for anybody involved in the development and application of architecture and is useful to anybody involved in business transformations and capability improvements. This includes Business, Enterprise, Solution and IT Architects, Business and Systems Analysts, as well as Business Executives and Managers, Programme, Project and Change Managers, and IT Consultants.

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Who would benefit from using TOGAF®?

Any organisation undertaking, or planning to undertake, the design and implementation of an enterprise architecture for the support of mission-critical business applications, using open systems building blocks.

Customers who design and implement enterprise architectures using TOGAF® are ensured of a design and a procurement specification that will greatly facilitate open systems implementation, and will enable the benefits of open systems to accrue to their organisations with reduced risk.

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How will obtaining the TOGAF® Certification benefit my career?

TOGAF® certified is a great way to further your career and can encourage an advantage in the hiring process due to its reputation as a ‘visible trust-mark’ which proves a certain level of capability and productivity. TOGAF® is growing at a rapid rate in popularity and is highly sought after by employers around the world, with some beginning to demand TOGAF® certified professionals.

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How to obtain TOGAF® Certification?

To become TOGAF® Certified you need to pass the TOGAF 9 part 1 and part 2 exams. The most effective way to pass the TOGAF® exam and become TOGAF® certified is to attend a TOGAF® training course that is accredited by the Open Group. The EA Learning TOGAF® training course is fully accredited with The Open Group.

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How much does TOGAF® certification cost?

TOGAF® Certification is included in the exam fees. Certification exams are priced according to currency values in specific countries and regions. 

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What is the TOGAF® exam cost?

EA Learning provides the exam voucher free of charge when you attend one of our accredited TOGAF® training courses.

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How long does TOGAF® certification last?

TOGAF® 9 certification for individuals has no renewal.

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Is this TOGAF® course accredited by The Open Group?

Yes, EA Learning is an approved training provider of TOGAF® by The Open Group.

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What is the average pass rate of the TOGAF® exam for EA Learning attendees?

90% of people who attend our TOGAF® training course pass the exam first time.

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What you get at the EA Learning TOGAF® Course?

  • Comprehensive, fully-accredited course workbook
  • Qualified, experienced instructor with comprehensive industry experience
  • Exclusive TOGAF 9 reference pack 
  • TOGAF® 9 Certification pack (official copy)
  • Premium learning space
  • Morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea, coffee and tea each day
  • Exam voucher for combined level 1 and Level 2 exams
  • Exclusive TOGAF reference pack including; sample artefacts, comprehensive case study, worked examples, revision flashcards, white papers, posters and handouts 
  • Post course support and guidance
  • Access to exclusive EA Learning community and networking events
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How much Does TOGAF® training cost?

Attending an Open Group Accredited training course does come at a cost, however it should be viewed as an investment in your career development. When looking at the TOGAF® certification cost and attending a training course, you should make sure that the course is accredited by The Open Group. The benefit of attending an accredited training course is that course providers are subject to an assessment of the course, personnel and organisation, so you can be assured that you’re receiving the highest quality of training. The EA Learning TOGAF course is fully accredited by the Open Group and all of our instructors are TOGAF® qualified and have extensive experience as an industry practitioner.  

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What Specifically Does your TOGAF® course Contain?

The EA Learning TOGAF® Course contains all the Key Learning Points which are tested in the certification exam. The core focus of the exam is to ensure you are equipped to pass the TOGAF® exam and take solidified learnings back to the workspace. Our experience architecture instructors also bring real world experience and examples to the classroom to contextualize the theory. 

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What materials are provided in the TOGAF® course?

When you attend the EA Learning TOGAF® certification course, you receive excellent TOGAF® course material. Not only do you get our comprehensive and fully accredited TOGAF® course book, you also get a number of exclusive additional resources. This exclusive TOGAF® course material will be invaluable for exam preparation and to take back and refer to in the workplace. The additional resources include; core artefacts in the ADM, flashcards and posters, whitepapers and case studies and some example artefacts from the case study covered off in the course. 

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