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The TOGAF® Standard, 10th Edition, a standard of The Open Group

The basics

The TOGAF® Standard is a proven Enterprise Architecture methodology and framework used by the world’s leading organizations to improve business efficiency.

Summary

The TOGAF® Standard is a proven Enterprise Architecture methodology and framework used by the world’s leading organizations to improve business efficiency. It is the most prominent and reliable Enterprise Architecture standard, ensuring consistent standards, methods, and communication among Enterprise Architecture professionals. Enterprise Architecture professionals fluent in the TOGAF framework and method enjoy greater industry credibility, job effectiveness, and career opportunities. Use of the TOGAF Standard helps

practitioners avoid being locked into proprietary methods, utilize resources more efficiently and effectively, and realize a greater return on investment.

 

The TOGAF Standard has been continuously evolved and improved by the members of The Open Group since it was first published by them in 1995. The Open Group is a global

consortium that enables the achievement of business objectives through technology standards. With more than 870 member organizations, the diverse membership spans all sectors of the IT community — customers, systems and solutions suppliers, tool

vendors, integrators and consultants, as well as academics and researchers.

The TOGAF Standard, 10th Edition builds on previous versions of the TOGAF Standard, expanding and updating the material available to architecture practitioners to assist them in building a sustainable Enterprise Architecture.

The TOGAF documentation set is structured to address the transition from common universal concepts to the unique configuration within an organization. It includes the formal TOGAF Standard and a broader Body of Knowledge in the TOGAF Library, as shown below

Figure 1: The TOGAF Documentation Set

The TOGAF Fundamental Content includes the universal concepts of Enterprise Architecture. The TOGAF Series Guides take these concepts and make them actionable. Together, the TOGAF Fundamental Content and the TOGAF Series Guides are the TOGAF Standard.

The intent of dividing the TOGAF Standard into these separate documents is to allow for different areas of specialization to

be considered in detail and potentially addressed in isolation. Although all the constituent documents work together as a whole, it is also feasible to select particular documents for adoption while excluding others.

An Overview of the TOGAF Standard

Figure 2: The TOGAF Standard

The TOGAF Fundamental Content consists of six documents. Central to the TOGAF Fundamental Content is the TOGAF Architecture Development Method (ADM), which provides

a tested and repeatable process for developing architectures. The TOGAF Series Guides consist of a series of best practice

documents, which is expected to expand over time as the professional Body of Knowledge that forms the TOGAF Standard expands with more stable best practice. The role of the TOGAF Series Guides is to build upon the content provided

in the TOGAF Fundamental Content by providing extended guidance for specific topics, concerns, and use-cases.

 

Target audience

Enterprise architects, business architects, IT architects, data architects, systems architects, solutions architects; architecture service providers and tools suppliers.

Scope and constraints

The TOGAF Standard can be used for developing a broad range of different Enterprise Architectures.

The TOGAF Standard complements, and can be used in conjunction with, other frameworks that are more focused on specific deliverables for particular vertical sectors such as Government, Telecommunications, Manufacturing, Defense,

and Finance. The key to the TOGAF Standard is the method – the TOGAF Architecture Development Method (ADM) – for developing an Enterprise Architecture that addresses business needs.