The Open Group Architecture Framework (TOGAF)

Consulting | Friday, 8 April 2016

TOGAF®, an Open Group Standard, is a proven enterprise architecture methodology and framework used by the world's leading organizations to improve business efficiency. It is the most prominent and reliable enterprise architecture standard, ensuring consistent standards, methods, and communication among enterprise architecture professionals. Enterprise architecture professionals fluent in TOGAF standards enjoy greater industry credibility, job effectiveness, and career opportunities. TOGAF helps practitioners avoid being locked into proprietary methods, utilize resources more efficiently and effectively, and realize a greater return on investment.

In TOGAF, “architecture” has two meanings depending upon the context:

  • 1. A formal description of a system, or a detailed plan of the system at a component level to guide its implementation;
  • 2. The structure of components, their inter-relationships, and the principles and guidelines governing their design and evolution over time.

TOGAF covers the development of four related types of architecture. These four types of architecture are commonly accepted as subsets of an overall enterprise architecture, all of which TOGAF is designed to support.

  • Business Architecture - The business strategy, governance, organization, and key business processes.
  • Data Architecture - The structure of an organization's logical and physical data assets and data management resources.
  • Application Architecture - A blueprint for the individual applications to be deployed, their interactions, and their relationships to the core business processes of the organization.
  • Technology Architecture - The logical software and hardware capabilities that are required to support the deployment of business, data, and application services. This includes IT infrastructure, middleware, net.

More information about TOGAF can be found on in the the white paper written by Andrew Josey. The above information is extracted from this aforementioned document.

Infologica has successfully helped important companies to define their enterprise architectures, with a strong focus on Data, Application and Technology Architectures.