For many companies the appearance of Enterprise Architecture has helped open up new opportunities and partnerships by providing a common framework for doing business with customers and suppliers by removing barriers that obstruct global trade.
TOGAF (The Open Group Architecture Framework) is an industry standard architecture framework. This can be used freely by any organisation or individual aiming to develop information systems architecture and to utilize it effectively.
There are many architecture frameworks, but TOGAF is unique in containing a method for developing architecture - the TOGAF Architecture Development Method (ADM). TOGAF has been developed and continuously evolved by representatives from some of the world’s leading IT customer and vendor organisations, working in The Open Group’s Architecture Forum.
Using TOGAF makes it easier for individuals from organisations to work together to produce high quality business outcomes with less chance of misunderstanding and wasted effort. Therefore organisations can spend more time achieving business value rather than discussing how to do the job.
IT customer organisations, who wish to base their enterprise architecture work on the open industry standard of TOGAF, will be able to procure tools, training, and professional services on the basis of certified performance with the TOGAF standards.
The existence of a certification program for TOGAF provides an even stronger incentive for organisations (both private and public sector) to standardise 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-recognised discipline, and in introducing co-operation into the procurement of tools and services for Enterprise Architecture.