TOGAF, The Open Group Architecture Framework, is an industry standard
architecture framework that may be used freely by any organization
wishing to develop an information systems architecture for use within
TOGAF has been developed and continuously evolved since the mid-90s
by representatives of some of the worlds leading IT customer
and vendor organizations, working in The Open Group's Architecture
Forum. Details of the Forum, and its plans for evolving TOGAF in the
current year, are given on the Architecture Forum web
TOGAF Version 8 Enterprise Edition
TOGAF Version 8 Enterprise Edition ("TOGAF 8" for short)
is a detailed method and set of supporting resources for developing
an Enterprise Architecture. Developed and endorsed by the membership
of The Open Group's Architecture Forum,
TOGAF 8 represents an industry consensus framework and method for Enterprise
Architecture that is available for use internally by any organization
around the world - members and non-members of The Open Group alike
- subject to license conditions - see Downloading
As a comprehensive, open method for Enterprise Architecture, TOGAF
8 complements, and can be used in conjunction with, other frameworks
that are more focused on specific aspects of architecture or for
vertical sectors such as Government, Defense, and Finance.
The latest version of TOGAF 8 is Version 8.1.1.
TOGAF 8 Certification
Certification from The Open Group
The Open Group provides customers with assurance that products
and services conform to open standards. This assurance enables market
growth, and benefits both customers and vendors alike.
In the Architecture field, The Open Group has introduced a TOGAF 8 certification program,
in order to ensure the consistent application and usage of TOGAF 8
throughout the industry, and so protect the value of TOGAF 8 to its
introduction to the TOGAF 8 certification program is available
on the TOGAF certification web site.
Why is TOGAF 8 Certification Important?
IT customer organizations who wish to base their enterprise architecture
work on the open, industry standard of TOGAF 8 "Enterprise Edition",
can now procure tools, training, and professional services on the basis
of certified conformance with the TOGAF 8 standards.
The existence of a certification program for TOGAF 8 provides an even
stronger incentive for organizations (both private and public sector)
to standardize on this open method for Enterprise Architecture, and
so avoid lock-in to proprietary methods.
It is an important step in making Enterprise Architecture a well-recognized
discipline, and in introducing rigor into the procurement of tools
and services for Enterprise Architecture.
Why Become Certified?
For architecture service providers and tools vendors, the new certification
program provides a way to demonstrate clearly how their services and
products support the Enterprise Architect using TOGAF 8.
For individual Enterprise Architects, TOGAF 8 certification demonstrates
clearly to employers and peers their commitment to their profession
as a discipline. In particular, it demonstrates that they possess a
body of core knowledge about TOGAF 8 as an open, industry standard
framework and method for Enterprise Architecture.
The Open Group publishes the definitive register of TOGAF 8 certified
individuals, and certified service and product offerings, and issues
certificates that can be used by vendors in promotion.
do I download TOGAF?
to the downloads page