Practicing Enterprise Architects believe TOGAF®, a standard of The Open Group, continues to be well-suited to helping organizations develop the business and IT infrastructures they need to align their business strategies, organizational structures, and capabilities. However, TOGAF users are increasingly looking for additional guidance and industry specific use cases regarding how to use the standard in conjunction with new IT trends—such as Agile development and artificial intelligence—and to address digital and business transformation efforts.
On Monday, October 29, The Open Group kicked off the final event of 2018 in Singapore. The theme of the event is ‘Managing Digital Enterprises’. Set in the magnificent InterContinental Singapore hotel, Steve Nunn, President and CEO of The Open Group, opened proceedings in front of an international audience with attendees from 24 countries including Belgium, India, Japan, New Zealand, and the Philippines.
The previous TOGAF® User Group meeting was held by The Open Group was held in London on April 18, 2018. In that meeting a number of very interesting questions were asked by the attendees. One topic in question was “Enterprise Architecture As A Service (EA As A Service)” – was “EA As A Service” considered possible, and/or useful? Great questions!
The Open Group TOGAF Standard Version 9.2 was published April 16, 2018. A common misconception voiced by several people at that time was that Enterprise Architecture in general and the TOGAF Standard are barriers to enterprise agility.
This paper addresses that misconception by reference to specific sections of the standard; it does not assume the adoption of any specific agile method.
I was delighted to attend another one of The Open Group TOGAF® User Group meetings. This one was held in London on April 18, 2018 with great interactions between users of the TOGAF Standard, experts, and staff of The Open Group. Attendees got that chance to Share experiences, be Enlightened by news, and Engage in the development process by expressing needs – i.e. to SEE TOGAF a little differently.
One of the most frequent set of questions I get are about getting started on an enterprise architecture project. How do we begin? What do we need to do first, third, next? My first reactionto this question is usually “please don’t start by don’t asking the client what they want the Enterprise Architecture to do?” I have seen this and it really puts clients off. For a more constructive response I have directed folk to the TOGAF® ADM and the various guides in the TOGAF® Library. Though usually thankful, that direction begets something like “thanks for that, but I was just wondering if I can get some practical tips right now.” I thought this might be a useful topic for a blog.