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:
- Architecture Metamodel:
- Architecture Capability
- Architecture Landscape: What building blocks are in use in the organisation today.
- Standards Information Base (SIB): Standards internal and external that the architecture and solution must comply with.
- Reference Library: Contains guidelines, templates, patterns and other references materials that can be leveraged.
- 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.