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TOGAF: Establishing Itself As the Definitive Method for Building Enterprise Architectures in the Commercial World

  • By David Harrison and Lou Varveris
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TOGAF: Key to a Competitive Advantage

In summary, TOGAF 8 (Enterprise Edition) is becoming widely accepted as the definitive method for building and maintaining enterprise architectures. A number of technology enablers, such as more powerful, repository-based modeling tools that publish information to corporate intranets, have made enterprise architecture achievable. This combination of tool and methodology enables companies to use their enterprise architecture to help them make better decisions about technology investments and business process improvement. With its comprehensive and detailed methodology approach to enterprise architecture, TOGAF offers companies a proven way to align their technology to their business goals and reap the competitive advantages of corporate agility, governmental compliance, and improved cost management and resource allocation.

TOGAF is freely available at http://www.opengroup.org/architecture/togaf8-doc/arch/.

About the Authors

Dave Harrison is a senior consultant for Popkin Software, with the responsibility of helping clients design and implement enterprise architectures using TOGAF and other frameworks.

Lou Varveris leads the communications group at Popkin Software. He also serves as UML product manager and was a co-writer on the UML Bible book.

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This article was originally published on June 28, 2004

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