Some Insight about The Open Group's TOGAF

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Enterprise architecture (EA) is a discipline for proactively and holistically leading enterprise responses to disruptive forces by identifying and analyzing the execution of change toward desired business vision and outcomes. Today's CEOs know that the effective management and exploitation of information through IT is a key factor to business success, and an indispensable means to achieve 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.

Based on The Open Group Architecture Framework (TOGAF) the advantages that result from a good enterprise architecture bring important business benefits, which are clearly visible in the net profit or loss of a company or organization:
  •    A more efficient business operation:
    •  Lower business operation costs
    •  More agile organization
    •  Business capabilities shared across the organization
  •  A more efficient IT operation:
    •   Lower software development, support, and maintenance costs
    •  Improved interoperability and easier system and network management
  • ·      Better return on existing investment, reduced risk for future investment:
    •  Reduced complexity in the business and IT
    •  Maximum return on investment in existing business and IT infrastructure
  • ·      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
Why do I need TOGAF as a framework for enterprise architecture?
TOGAF has been developed through the collaborative efforts of over 300 Architecture Forum member companies from some of the world's leading companies and organizations. Using TOGAF results in enterprise architecture that is consistent, reflects the needs of stakeholders, employs best practice, and gives due consideration both to current requirements and the perceived future needs of the business.

Developing and sustaining an enterprise architecture is a technically complex process which involves many stakeholders and decision processes in the organization. TOGAF plays an important role in standardizing and de-risks the architecture development process. TOGAF provides a best practice framework for adding value, and enables the organization to build workable and economic solutions which address their business issues and needs.

 Who would benefit from using TOGAF?
Any organization undertaking, or planning to undertake, the development and implementation of enterprise architecture for the support of business transformation will benefit from use of TOGAF.

Organizations seeking Boundaryless Information Flow can use TOGAF to define and implement the structures and processes to enable access to integrated information within and between enterprises.

Organizations that design and implement enterprise architectures using TOGAF are assured of a design and a procurement specification that can facilitate an open systems implementation, thus enabling the benefits of open systems with reduced risk.

The TOGAF Certification Program has enabled more than 25,000 enterprise architects and trainers around the globe to demonstrate their proven knowledge of the framework.

The Open Group TOGAF 9 certification is:
  •  Used by the world’s leading enterprises to certify a common body of core knowledge about the methodology and framework
  •  A trusted, vendor-neutral, globally recognized and portable credential
  •  Valuable in demonstrating to employers and peers your commitment to enterprise architecture as a discipline
  •  An outstanding career move and a foundational certification in the career of any enterprise architect

 TOGAF 9 Professional Certification takes two forms:
  • TOGAF 9 Foundation. This provides validation that the candidate has gained knowledge of the terminology and basic concepts of TOGAF 9 and understands the core principles of Enterprise Architecture and TOGAF
  •  TOGAF 9 Certified. This certification provides validation that in addition to knowledge and comprehension, the candidate is able to analyze and apply knowledge of TOGAF

Certification is achieved through a two-part exam, following a course of self-study or an Accredited TOGAF 9 Training Course. Additionally, a TOGAF 9 Combined exam option is available that contains material from both part 1 and part 2. The current syllabus is based on the TOGAF 9.1 standard since December 2011.

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