TOGAF Basic Concepts Cheat Sheet / FAQ

What is “architecture” in the context of the TOGAF standard?

In TOGAF Architecture has two meanings depending on the context:

  1. Pre-implementation: A formal description of a system or detailed plan of the system at a component level to guide it implementation.
  2. Post-implementation: The structure of component, their inter-relationship and the principles and guidelines governing their design and its evolution over time.

What is an architecture framework?

An architecture framework is a foundational structure, or set of structures that can be used for developing a broad range of different architectures. It should describe a method for designing a target state of the enterprise in terms of a set of building blocks and for showing how the blocks fit together. It should also contain a set of tools and provide a common vocabulary. It should also include a list of recommend standards and compliant products that can be used to implement the building blocks.
•Why do I need a framework for enterprise architecture?

In some sectors there are regulatory requirements to follow Enterprise Architecture.  However whatever sector using an architecture framework will:

  1. speed up and simplify architecture development,
  2. ensure better if not complete coverage of the design solution
  3. make certain that the architecture selected allows for future growth and meet the needs of a changing business.Why is the TOGAF standard suitable as a framework for enterprise architecture?
  1. TOGAF has been developed through collaboration of more than 300 Architecture Forum member companies from some of the worlds largest companies.
  2. The TOGAF standard plays an important role in standardising and risk reduction of the architecture development process
  3. TOGAF provides a best practice framework for adding value, enabling organisations to build workable and economic solutions addressing their business needs.
  4. TOGAF results in the delivery of an architecture that is consistent, reflects the news of stakeholders, employs best practice and gives due consideration to current requirements and the perceived future needs of the business.