TOGAF 9 is a detailed method and set of supporting resources for developing an Enterprise Architecture. Developed and endorsed by the membership of The Open Group's Architecture Forum, TOGAF 9 represents an industry consensus framework and method for Enterprise Architecture that is available for use internally by any organization around the world - members and non-members of The Open Group alike - subject to license conditions.
As a comprehensive, open method for Enterprise Architecture, TOGAF 9 complements, and can be used in conjunction with, other frameworks that are more focused on specific aspects of architecture or for vertical sectors such as Government, Defense, and Finance.
The seven main parts of TOGAF® 9
- Introduction: This part provides a high-level introduction to the key concepts of enterprise architecture and in particular the TOGAF® approach. It contains the definitions of terms used throughout TOGAF and release notes detailing the changes between this version and the previous version of TOGAF.
- Architecture Development Method: This part is the core of TOGAF. It describes the TOGAF® Architecture Development Method (ADM) - a step-by-step approach to developing an enterprise architecture.
- ADM Guidelines and Techniques: This part contains a collection of guidelines and techniques available for use in applying TOGAF and the TOGAF® ADM.
- Architecture Content Framework: This part describes the TOGAF® content framework, including a structured metamodel for architectural artifacts, the use of re-usable architecture building blocks, and an overview of typical architecture deliverables.
- Enterprise Continuum & Tools: This part discusses appropriate taxonomies and tools to categorize and store the outputs of architecture activity within an enterprise.
- TOGAF® Reference Models: This part provides a selection of architectural reference models, which includes the TOGAF Foundation Architecture, and the Integrated Information Infrastructure Reference Model (III-RM).
- Architecture Capability Framework: This part discusses the organization, processes, skills, roles, and responsibilities required to establish and operate an architecture function within an enterprise.