The Open Group Architecture Framework, or TOGAF for short, is an enterprise architecture framework standard that includes a set of processes, principles, guidelines, best practices, techniques, roles and artefacts.
Developing enterprise architectures that meet the strategies of the business, while still carrying good architecture qualities, can be challenging. The guidance and structure provided by TOGAF can help.
Intended to act as a means for businesses to build out adequate enterprise architectures, does having a framework really help in an industry where everything is constantly evolving? Moreover, in such a volatile environment, is there even such thing as a ‘standard’ anymore?
I believe that whilst TOGAF definitely still has a place in today’s enterprise architecture landscape – and there are still real benefits to having a standardised framework – it is something that should be taken with a pinch of salt. Indeed, we need to remember that as technology advances, and as business needs change and grow in line with these advancements, not every organisation will be able to adhere to the practises, processes, structure and principles that TOGAF lays out, and following these guidelines doesn’t guarantee success for your architecture initiatives.