The Value of TOGAF® Architecture Development Method (ADM) and Open Systems Architecture

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Chris Forde, General Manager, Asia Pacific Region & VP, Enterprise Architecture, The Open Group

The Value of TOGAF® Architecture Development Method (ADM) and Open Systems Architecture

TOGAF®, an Open Group 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 TOGAF standards enjoy greater industry credibility, job effectiveness, and career opportunities. TOGAF helps practitioners avoid being locked into proprietary methods, utilize resources more efficiently and effectively, and realize a greater return on investment.

First published in 1995, TOGAF was based on the US Department of Defense Technical Architecture Framework for Information Management (TAFIM). 

The standard is divided into seven parts:

PART 1 (Introduction) provides a high-level introduction to the key concepts of Enterprise Architecture and in particular the TOGAF approach. It contains the definitions of terms used throughout TOGAF and release notes detailing the changes between this version and the previous version of TOGAF.

PART 2 (Architecture Development Method) is the core of TOGAF. It describes the TOGAF Architecture Development Method (ADM) – a step-by-step approach to developing an Enterprise Architecture.

PART 3 (ADM Guidelines & Techniques) contains a collection of guidelines and techniques available for use in applying TOGAF and the TOGAF ADM.

PART 4 (Architecture Content Framework) describes the TOGAF content framework, including a structured metamodel for architectural artifacts, the use of re-usable architecture building blocks, and an overview of typical architecture deliverables.

PART 5 (Enterprise Continuum & Tools) discusses appropriate taxonomies and tools to categorize and store the outputs of architecture activity within an enterprise.

PART 6 (TOGAF Reference Models) provides a selection of architectural reference models, which includes the TOGAF Foundation Architecture, and the Integrated Information Infrastructure Reference Model (III-RM).

PART 7 (Architecture Capability Framework) discusses the organization, processes, skills, roles, and responsibilities required to establish and operate an architecture function within an enterprise.


Bio

Chris Forde, General Manager, Asia Pacific Region & VP, Enterprise Architecture, The Open Group

Based in Shanghai China, as General Manager Asia Pacific, Chris is responsible for business functions in the region. As Vice President Enterprise Architecture Chris has global responsibility for the Enterprise Architecture activities at The Open Group including TOGAF® and ArchiMate®.

Chris is also an Enterprise Architect and has held various leadership roles throughout his career, including implementing and managing EA practices, application development, information management and technology operations teams.

Prior to joining The Open Group, Chris worked at American Express as Vice President for Strategy and Architecture for their Customer Servicing Capability.

Chris has deep expertise in Enterprise Architecture and, as member representative and Chair of the Architecture Forum, he was instrumental in driving the successful development and launch of TOGAF® 9 from 2007-2009.

 

 

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