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.
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.