One noted weakness of TOGAF is also a strength with the more than 250 member organizations that contribute to TOGAF there are many inconsistencies in the framework. Another weakness is that although TOGAF is free to read is not easy-to-read. Lastly, TOGAF is 4
The Open Group Architecture Framework not as well grounded, perspective or concrete as some would like. The Zachman framework is much more concrete. TOGAF Case Studies The largest civilian computer operation in Europe, is utilized by the UK Department of Social Security (DSS). The DSS’s responsibilities include the development, maintenance and delivery of the UK Social Security program (The Open Group, n.d.). The DSS utilized TOGAF to establish a new architectural framework and to assist in managing the outsourcing of service delivery. Some of the DSS’s issues included: having product based departmental IT systems rather than customer centered, having separate systems for each DSS agency, and separate systems for each benefit within the Benefits agency. The new architectural framework was developed to reign in the multiple IT developments from different sources and set a context for any development. TOGAF was chosen because it provided a common set of vendor-independent terminologies, for its acceptance within the IT industry and its vendor neutrality having been developed with input from many leading IT companies and cognizant of the other major frameworks (The Open Group, n.d.). The 71 st largest retailing company worldwide, Dairy Farm Group (DFG) used TOGAF as the basis of a new enterprise wide IT architecture in order to restructure from a federation to a unified group of companies. Essential in the restructure with developing a company with a single corporate purpose and single IT infrastructure. In less than a year with TOGAF as the basis of DFG’s technical architecture a world-class architecture was developed (The Open Group, n.d.). Westpac, a major Australian Bank used TOGAF in collaboration with IBM to manage the technology components of a major outsourcing relationship (The Open Group, n.d.). TOGAF 5
The Open Group Architecture Framework enabled Westpac to implement architectural and standards setting processes, more rapidly. Using the framework save time, which was wasted discussing the best way to do something when TOGAF already laid out the best way. TOGAF being a framework of common practices recognized and respected by the industry was essential. TOGAF provided Westpac with common
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