I’m not saying that TOGAF™ can save the universe, but from where I’m sitting, it looks like our best bet at the moment!
ArchiMate® is an open and independent graphical modeling language for enterprise architecture, but that’s only the start of the matter. It’s much more appropriate to see it as a stakeholder management tool. When used in conjunction with an EA framework like TOGAF™, ArchiMate takes on a new dimension and delivers an ability to communicate and collaborate with stakeholders through the creation of clear models, based on viewpoints that have a common foundation in both TOGAF and ArchiMate.
Until recently, virtually all IT certifications have been based on an individual’s recollection of a body of knowledge and their ability to pass a computer-based test. Perhaps a better method of evaluating competence to carry out a specific role is to examine the skills and experience that an individual has demonstrated in his/her work.
Business decision makers aren’t interested in the details, but they want to know important IT decisions being made in their business are in the hands of true professionals. Certification verifies the qualities and skills IT executives have with regards to the effective deployment, implementation and operation of IT solutions.
In nature, nothing is ever more complex than necessary: A lesson for Enterprise Architects. So, like evolution, TOGAF™ is a catalyst to appropriate change, creating the infrastructure and momentum behind business strategy, simplifying the organization and ensuring that it is never more complex than it actually needs to be.
Don’t try to change your business leaders. They have a job to do. Your job is to change the ways you communicate, react and respond to your business leaders.