Most large organizations have enterprise architects and use one or multiple EA frameworks. EA stems from the IT department and is used to keep an overview of the system landscape within an organization. It helps in giving an overview and finding synergies within the existing “tools” (e.g., infrastructure and systems) used in an organization. EA supports “business transformation” that takes the corporate strategy and vision as starting point.
TOGAF is rapidly becoming the de facto standard for EA. In fact, 80% of the fortune 500 organizations use the TOGAF framework. Because it is an open standard, based on 10+ years of cooperation between many organizations started by the US Ministry of Defense. TOGAF is a consensus framework, rather than a best practice framework, which is why organizations need to customize TOGAF to their organizational setting.
The pool of certified TOGAF professionals is growing rapidly too, with 8,000 in 2011, and an estimated 16,000 for 2012. The value of a course lies in peer experience; sharing/networking and practical insights in how to apply TOGAF.
We are using a different EA framework, why would our organization switch to TOGAF?
IT Architecture is gaining more recognition as a necessary discipline for ensuring that the design and implementation of enterprise- wide IT properly addresses and supports the needs of the business. TOGAF is an open, industrystandard framework and method for IT Architecture, developed and continuously evolved since the mid-90’s by representatives of some of the world’s leading IT customer and vendor organizations.
The introduction of a certification program for TOGAF enables large organizations (both private and public sector) to standardize this open method for IT Architecture, and so avoid being locked-in to the proprietary methods of major consultancies.
It is an important step in making IT Architecture a well-recognized discipline, and in introducing rigor into the procurement of tools and services for IT Architecture.
- Individuals who require a deeper understanding of TOGAF 9, e.g., System Integrators, Operational, Business and IT developers, CIO’s and IT Managers, Program and Project Leaders, IT Specialists, and Architects
- Professionals who are working in an organization where TOGAF 9 has been adopted and who need to participate in architecture projects and initiatives
- Architects who will be responsible for developing architecture artifacts
- Architects who wish to introduce TOGAF 9 into an architecture practice
- Architects who want to achieve a recognized qualification to demonstrate their detailed knowledge of TOGAF 9