TOGAF Basic Concepts Cheat Sheet / FAQ

What is the TOGAF Architecture Repository?

This is a structure for storing all the outputs of the ADM. The major components within the structure of the repository are:

  1. Architecture Metamodel:
  2. Architecture Capability
  3. Architecture Landscape: What building blocks are in use in the organisation today.
  4. Standards Information Base (SIB): Standards internal and external that the architecture and solution must comply with.
  5. Reference Library: Contains guidelines, templates, patterns and other references materials that can be leveraged.
  6. Governance Log: A record of governance activities across the enterprise.

How to establish and operate an enterprise architecture capability? •

The TOGAF standard recommends that an Enterprise Architecture practice should be run like an other operational unit within a business and it should therefore be treated like a business.  On that basis the architectural practice will need to establish the following capabilities:

  • Financial Management
  • Performance Management
  • Service Management
  • Risk Management
  • Resource Management
  • Communication and Stakeholder Management
  • Quality Management
  • Supplier Management
  • Configuration Management
  • Environment Management
  • Architectural Goverenace – this being key and the benefits include:
    • Clarity of accountability and informed delegation of authority
    • Controlled risk management
    • Protection of the existing asset base through maximising re-use of existing architectural components
    • Proactive control, monitoring and management processes
    • Process, concept, and component re-use across all business units.
    • Value creation through monitoring, evaluation and feedback
    • Increased visibility supporting internal processes and external partners. A key example being visibility of decision making at lower levels in the business which could have far reaching strategic implications.
    • Great shareholder value; in particular enterprise architecture increasinly represents core IPR. There is evidence that the most profitable businesses have well governed enterprises.
    • Integrates with existing process and methodologies and complements functionality bu adding control capabilities.

How to use the TOGAF framework with other frameworks?

  • TOGAF is a generic framework intended to be used in a wide variety of environments.
  • TOGAF provides a flexible and extensible content framework that underpins a set of generic architectural deliverables
  • TOGAF can be used on its own or merged with other frameworks that are more specific to the operating environment.
  • In ALL cases it is expected that the architect will tailor TOGAF to integrate into the processes and organisation structure of the enterprise.
  • Tailoring may include integrating methods from ITIL, CMMI, COBIT, PRINCE2, PMBOK and MSP.
  • As TOGAF is a generic framework it also complements vertical specific frameworks such as security and e-Commence.