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TOGAF® Tutorial: An Overview of TOGAF

Objective of Meeting

This special pre-conference tutorial, which was open to all participants at The Open Group Conference at San Diego, was given by Robert Weisman, CEO of Build The Vision, Inc.

The Open Group has been active within the architecture domain for the last 15 years, developing and making freely available TOGAF. TOGAF is an open, industry standard framework and methodology for the design, evaluation, and implementation of enterprise architectures. It can be used at all levels of the enterprise from strategic to operational.

This tutorial provided an executive overview of TOGAF 9, the latest release of TOGAF, describing its key features and the benefits of using it within an organization.


Developed, reviewed, and approved by a collaborative of 300 members from some of the world’s leading IT customers and vendors, TOGAF 9 is an evolution of TOGAF 8.1.1 that preserves the core TOGAF Architecture Development Method (ADM), and thereby preserves existing investments in TOGAF – investments in the knowledge and skills of people, and in tools.

TOGAF 9 is business-value driven, and integrates enterprise architecture with business planning, portfolio management (PMBOK, PRINCE2), operations management (ITIL), and solutions/system development frameworks. The outcome is the effective, efficient, and business-aligned deployment of corporate and IT resources in a simplified enterprise. TOGAF 9 is modular allowing it to be used in part or complete in conjunction with other enterprise architecture methodologies (e.g., DoDAF, FEA, Zachman) and with all types of business operating models. 

With the increasing realization within the industry of the importance of enterprise architecture in the development of information systems, TOGAF today is accepted and used around the world as the industry standard framework and method for enterprise architecture.

TOGAF has been and continues to be evolved within The Open Group Architecture Forum. Its development has been guided by and based on the knowledge and experience of Open Group members who are practising architects working for a wide range of enterprises throughout the world.


Participants received an excellent overview of the TOGAF framework and its ADM, the key features that are new in TOGAF Version 9, and the importance of The Open Group Architecture Forum in providing the development forum for TOGAF.

Next Steps

The tutorial was well received, and will be repeated at future Enterprise Architecture Practitioners Conferences. Additional tutorials, focusing on specific aspects of TOGAF 9, will also be included at future conferences.


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