When The Open Group develops a new standard, we take an end-to-end view of the ecosystem all the way through from customer requirements, developing consensus standards to certification and procurement. We aim to deliver standards that meet a need in the marketplace and then back those up with certification that delivers an assurance about the products or in the case of people certification, their knowledge or skills and experience. We then take regular feedback on our standards, maintain them and evolve them according to marketplace needs.
Listen to our recorded podcast on the current state of EA, or read the transcript. The podcast was recorded by Dana Gardner of Interarbor Solutions at The Open Group Conference, San Diego 2011.
In the business architect profession, mistakes can have severe consequences. As such, it is only reasonable for customers to demand some kind of impartial proof of our professional skills.
TOGAF®’s tremendous growth over the past few years is a testament to not only how much open enterprise architecture frameworks are needed within organizations today, but also to how certifications like TOGAF® can help professionals differentiate themselves and remain secure in their employment when staff cutting is rampant throughout most industries.
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.