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IFSM 311Enterprise Architecture Framework Research PaperProfessor James JohnsonDue 7/1/2018By Frezer Tesfaye11/17/2017
I.IntroductionThe need to align IT with the business process, mission, and strategic direction of theorganization has been a key priority for many companies. Enterprise Architecture(EA) has proved to be the most successful approach to align business with IT. Theuse of EA ease the complexity associated with running organization or system byproviding a framework in which different part of the organization are provided with aclear direction and platform to work with each other. The main purpose of EA is tocreate uniform working environment across the organization’s business unit andfunctional area. More and more companies are realizing the important benefits of EAwhich is they are adapting different type of EA frameworks based on the type ofbusiness they are in. As a result, Enterprise Architects have seen their importanceincrease rapidly. ‘Enterprise architect is a newer skill that's emerged on our platformover the past quarter, but one that's growing steadily. From March 2017 to April 2017,we've seen a 75 percent increase in the number of job postings for 'enterprisearchitect,' particularly among large enterprise organizations who are adoptingservice-oriented architecture (SOA) and those who are instigating technology andbusiness process change within the organization.’ (Florentine, Web) There are manytype of EA frameworks available that serve different type of organizational size andneeds. The purpose of this paper is to focus on the Open Group ArchitectureFramework (TOGAF). TOGAF was first adapted as a comprehensive EA framework in1995 by The Open Group by adding on an earlier framework version TechnicalArchitecture Framework for Information Management (TAFIM) that was originallydevised by the Department of Defense. This paper will discuss the purpose, scope,principles, structures and advantage and disadvantage of the TOGAF.