EA Framework Research0Enterprise Architecture Framework Research PaperUniversity of Maryland Global CampusIFSM 311: Enterprise Architecture – Fall 2020December 1, 2020
EA Framework Research1IntroductionDefined as the blueprint, Enterprise Architecture (EA) drives informed business decisionsand aligns the people, processes, and systems of an enterprise. Considering EA to be a blueprint, then the Enterprise Architecture Framework (EAF) is the structure used to develop the architecture through "a set of tools and common vocabulary" (Desfray, Philippe, 2014). The EAF identifies the relationships between the different business components and helps to identify the processes and systems critical for the enterprise's success. The most commonly used framework in EA implantation is The Open Group Architecture Framework (TOGAF). This paper will explain the history of TOGAF, its practical application, its strengths and weaknesses, and examples of its use. The Open Group Architecture FrameworkCreated in 1995, the first version of TOGAF was an expansion of a Department of Defense framework called the Technical Architecture Framework for Information Management (The Open Group Architecture Forum, 2018). Since then, TOGAF has gone through several updates and versions, the current one being 9.2. TOGAF is considered a general-purpose framework because it supports a vast range of desired business uses and can be tailored to fit the enterprise's needs. Because TOGAF is generic, it is often combined with other frameworks such as IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL), Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK), and Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI). It is one of the only open-source frameworks that can be used without purchasing a license, making this framework easily accessible and contributing to its wide use.The purpose of TOGAF is to provide methods and tools for enterprises to establish the EA. TOGAF is a framework that is adaptable to each enterprise and offers an organized approach
EA Framework Research2for creating the EA. Unlike other frameworks that define how to utilize the different EA artifacts to create the EA, TOGAF describes the overall process of developing the EA. This framework is designed to allow the enterprise to identify which strategies, stakeholders, business processes, and systems will contribute to its future state. This approach enables the EA to be repeatable and applicable to all four of the architecture domains. The focus of the TOGAF is the overarching process to establish the EA and allow the architects to define the granular details explicit to the enterprise.