New Enterprise Architecture Terms and Certificates Emerge

Today´s content forms the second of six parts of the series called “Who is still interested in Enterprise Architecture in 2021?”. In this series, I provide my view on the footprint of today´s Enterprise Architecture, the potential death of the role of an Enterprise Architect, the big players, such as TOGAF from The Open Group, …

What is Today´s Relevance of an Enterprise Architecture Practice?

In today´s part one of the series “On the Relevance of Enterprise Architecture in 2021”, I analyze the search term attention for common Enterprise Architecture terms on Google Trends, highlight the origins of today´s most important EA frameworks, TOGAF and Zachman, and share my results on job searches to deduce that Enterprise Architecture might be a dead practice.

TOGAF 9.3? TOGAF 10? What is the TOGAF Roadmap?

TOGAF´s latest release in 2018, version 9.2 had only minor adaptions since version 9 was released in 2011. On the one hand, this is seeming OK, as it is a minor release and the TOGAF Standard focuses on concepts that do not change rapidly. On the other hand, TOGAF does not seem to keep up the pace with the digital transformation and a lot of TOGAF content seems outdated nowadays. Many people therefore look out for a version 10 of TOGAF or at least a version 9.3 that provides better answers than the minor adaptions done in version 9.2.

TOGAF – All you Need to Know

TOGAF is an enterprise architecture framework that includes methods, frameworks, definitions, templates, and explanations for enterprise architects. The content helps architects to assess, analyze, evaluate, transform, and govern large and heterogeneous architectures of not only a project or a platform, but of whole organizations.

What is TOGAF?

TOGAF is the most important Enterprise Architecture Framework nowadays. It has first been published in 1995 by The Open Group and has regularly been updated since then. Today, The TOGAF Standard is the most cited and used knowledge book with detailed methods and tools for developing enterprise architecture in a company and many, if not most, large global corporations base their enterprise architecture activities on TOGAF or a modification of it. This article explains what TOGAF is about.

Is TOGAF Still Relevant?

TOGAF is by far the most known Enterprise Architecture certificate. As it has already been developed in the 90s, it is often perceived as outdated – especially given the fast developments that there are within IT nowadays. It is only natural that many professionals ask themselves whether TOGAF is still relevant or not. This article explains arguments for and against the relevancy of TOGAF and analyzes the areas content, certification, industry expectations, and salary impact.

How to Apply Enterprise Architecture Frameworks in Today’s Digital Environment? 

I often hear that Enterprise Architecture would be an old-fashioned concept without any relevance to today’s IT architecture of companies. In today’s post, I present major Enterprise Architecture Frameworks and discuss if and how they are still relevant for today’s environment.

What is the TOGAF Architecture Development Method (ADM) and How Could it be Improved?

ADM is probably the most important part of TOGAF. It is core to TOGAF and is referred to throughout the TOGAF Standard. The ADM is a method for developing and managing Enterprise Architecture Projects. This article explains all phases and what should be adapted in order to fit today´s organizations.

What will TOGAF 9.3 or TOGAF 10 look like?

Many IT professionals, including myself, found the latest release of the TOGAF 9.2 model a bit disappointing. Yet, it is important to understand that the TOGAF Standard is by far not all that The Open Group inherits. There is also a tremendous amount of thoughts, articles, researches, and other sorts of content that do address more modern topics and that may become part of TOGAF 9.3 or TOGAF 10 when it is released.