TOGAF® Standard

The TOGAF Standard provides the essential scaffolding for enterprise architecture. The TOGAF Standard helps to develop and use enterprise architecture, efficiently describe an enterprise architecture, and develop a success team of enterprise architects.

Member companies of The Open Group's Architecture Forum work to ensure that the TOGAF Standard represents the consensus of stable, successful practice.

What is the TOGAF® Standard?

The TOGAF Standard is the best practice for the profession of enterprise architecture. It provides stable best-practice to develop, maintain, and use an enterprise architecture.

The fundamentals of enterprise architecture are enduring, stable, and universal. Every enterprise architect uses the same concepts. What changes is the enterprise architecture they develop to improve their organization.

They divide the TOGAF Standard into two sets of documents - TOGAF Fundaments and the TOGAF Series Guides.

Why is the TOGAF Standard Important?

The TOGAF Standard is important because it helps enterprise architects do their jobs faster, with better results. The enterprise architecture profession exists to help organizations change. Organizations are complex and respond to often contradictory aims. Identifying the best path forward requires an enterprise architecture.

The TOGAF Standard lets architects focus on their value proposition, enabling effective change. They can have confidence that The Open Group's Standard Development Process built an industry consensus of stable, proven, best practice. Hundred of enterprise architects from hundreds of successful organizations came together to develop the TOGAF Standard.

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Use the TOGAF Standard to Develop Enterprise Architecture Faster

As an enterprise architect, your job is to develop enterprise architecture that guides change. In our consulting practice to develop enterprise architecture teams, we see too much time on what to do and how.

We see enterprise architects struggling with what to do. We use our online enterprise architecture training to teach you how to use the universal concepts and consistent approach. The TOGAF ADM provides a very concise approach to taking the fast path to effective change.

Stop reinventing the wheel. The essential scaffolding is the same. Focus on developing enterprise architecture to improve your organization.

Use the TOGAF Standard to Develop Better Enterprise Architecture

The best enterprise architecture enables effective change. Effective change is possible. Effective change delivers expected value. Your stockholders must approve the scope of change, effort of change, and expected value.

The TOGAF ADM provides the necessary steps to check that the changes you find deliver an improved organization. Architecture development following the TOGAF Standard keeps the stakeholder in control. They agree to the deficiency that must be corrected. They provide the criteria to select between potential changes. They agree to the work. They direct the change.

Stop pursuing change your organization cannot do or does not want. The essential scaffolding is the same. Focus on developing enterprise architecture to improve your organization.

Who Uses the TOGAF Standard

The TOGAF Standard is used by organizations around the globe. Organizations of every size. The Open Group's Architecture Forum has members from Finance, Manufacturing, Professional Services, Academia, Government, Telecommunications, Defense, and Digital Platform. This community develops the TOGAF Standard as the foundation of the enterprise architecture profession.

Over 100,000 enterprise architect professionals are TOGAF 9 certified.

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How to Use the TOGAF Standard

How to use the TOGAF Standard is complex. You need to transition from universal concepts and guidance to practical work. The first step is to look at the TOGAF Series Guides rather than the TOGAF Fundamentals Documents. As an analogy, read a pairing guide instead of the Bluetooth standard.

The TOGAF Series guides are the core of the TOGAF Body of Knowledge. The guides provide proven, stable, and enduring best-practice. Emerging practice and experimentation are also available in the TOGAF Library. The TOGAF Library is a reference library containing guidelines, templates, patterns, and other forms of reference material to speed up the creation and use of new architectures. We maintain a curated library of enterprise architecture best practice.

TOGAF ADM Phases Summary

TOGAF Phase A Architecture Vision - Understand the problem. Learn the stakeholders. Know how stakeholders will judge the fitness of the enterprise architecture. Test a summary of the target architecture and work to confirm they are interested in proceeding.

TOGAF Phase B Business Architecture - Use the same problem, the stakeholders, criteria, and summary. Explore what changes in the business architecture we require. Assess the changes with the stakeholder's key criteria.

TOGAF Phase C Information Systems Architecture - Use the same problem, the stakeholders, criteria, and summary. Explore what changes in the information systems we require. Assess the changes with the stakeholder's key criteria.

TOGAF Phase D Technology Architecture - Use the same problem, the stakeholders, criteria, and summary. Explore what changes in the technology architecture we require. Assess the changes with the stakeholder's key criteria.

TOGAF Phase E Opportunities and Solutions - Use the same problem, the stakeholders, criteria, and summary. Gather all changes required in the enterprise architecture. Bundle the changes into work packages. Find interim value delivery in transition architectures. Assess the expected value and effort of the work packages with the stakeholder's key criteria.

TOGAF Phase F Implementation Plan - Use the same problem, the stakeholders, criteria, and summary. Take the Architecture Roadmap and work with planners to assign resources, schedule work. Assess the changes on the stakeholder's key criteria. Ask the stakeholders if they want to proceed with the change.

TOGAF Phase G Implementation Governance - Use the changes, value measure and constraints developed in the enterprise architecture (Phase B, Phase C, Phase D, and Phase E). Ensure that the change implementers focus on expected value, the same problem, and are working within all architecture requirements. In enterprise architecture governance, report compliance and provide your stakeholders with recommendations to reach the expected value when there is an issue.

TOGAF Phase H Architecture Change Management - Assess the complete set of changes with the stakeholder's key criteria. Wherever the change project falls short, or the environment your organization changes, or new capabilities are possible, restart Phase A with to capture the new opportunity or mitigate the threat.

TOGAF Certification

An important step TOGAF Certification shows that you understand the essential scaffolding for enterprise architecture. TOGAF Certification shows you understand TOGAF.

Becoming certified is simple. Pass The Open Group's exams. If you are looking for help, we designed TOGAF 9 Training Course to train you for TOGAF Certification.

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