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Unformatted text preview: TOGAF WHITE PAPER : SHARING BEST PRACTICE ©2006 Architecting the Enterprise SHARING BEST PRACTICE The Open Group published the first version of TOGAF in December 1995. Shortly before this the US Government had donated the US DOD’s TAFIM (an IT Architecture Framework for Information Management) to The Open Group as a possible common standard for IT Architecture. The newly created Architecture Forum within The Open Group developed an IT Architecture Reference Model based on TAFIM and TOGAF was born. Over the next ten years the Architecture Forum encouraged its members to develop and adapt TOGAF to meet their own organisations’ IT Architecture methodology re- quirements. Through this shared ‘best practice’, TOGAF evolved from an IT Architec- ture reference model to a comprehensive framework and methodology for developing Enterprise Architecture. The Open Group continues to publish TOGAF, now in its eighth release, providing free access to any organization wishing to develop an enterprise architecture – see http://www.opengroup.org. TOGAF’S GROWING POPULARITY Many organisations, in both the private and public sector, are increasingly turning to TOGAF to help them develop Enterprise and IT Architectures. They are finding that TOGAF helps them produce: • well integrated solution portfolios • clearly defined interfaces • reduced complexity • better managed IT services. This popularity comes from a number of characteristics. Comprehensive phased approach The development of Enterprise and IT Architectures is at the core of TOGAF. A phased approach ensures that managers make good decisions about their business structures and IT. Complete life-cycle management TOGAF has the ability to manage the complete architec- ture lifecycle – from the initial introduction and visioning of the conceptual architectures to the full specification, implementation and governance of the completed archi- tectures. Best practice tool support TOGAF is supported by a large number of best practice tools and techniques. Customers have a rich infrastruc- ture of instantly available capability to enable them to start using the method and bring it into their organiza- tions quickly Simplicity and depth The appeal of TOGAF is its combination of simplicity and depth. For the CIO and CTO TOGAF’s refreshing simplic- ity enables IT to easily engage with the business. How- ever, TOGAF also has the depth to manage complexity and provide sophisticated IT services. This combination allows business and IT to work together to build effec- tive business operations and infrastructures that deliver competitive advantage. WHAT EXACTLY IS TOGAF? There are three main parts which define TOGAF. These are: The Architecture Development Method (ADM) – the centrepiece and core of TO- GAF providing the process and method to create the component architectures....
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