The Story Behind the Story: TOGAF, Its History, Applications & Growing Use in the Business Industry

In 1995, the Technical Architecture Framework for Information Management or TAFIM was developed by the Department of Defense in the US. TAFIM was the end-product of the DoD’s years of research which cost millions of dollars.

What the DoD did was to allow The Open Group – a technology and vendor-neutral consortium – to utilize TAFIM and use it as a basis to develop the TOGAF.

TOGAF stands for The Open Group Architecture Framework.  From 1995 onwards, The Open Group has release successive updated versions of TOGAF for the following years – which brought about a host of benefits to public and private business organizations.

TOGAF can be defined as a complete approach to the designing, planning and implementing stages of a company’s business processes and Information Technology or IT infrastructure.

The main application of TOGAF is the development of an enterprise’s IT architecture.  The characteristics of TOGAF which makes it such an excellent tool for business is its comprehensive phased approach, simplicity and depth.  Also, there are a lot of practice tools and techniques which are readily available – so entrepreneurs can grab the opportunity to bring TOGAF into their business organizations.

So where is the future of TOGAF headed?  For IT professionals, there is one simple reason why they see TOGAF flourishing in the years to come: it is a necessity.  Information system architects and IT developers should be wise enough to grab the opportunity and learn TOGAF now.  They can use this knowledge to improve the IT infrastructure of the company that they are working for, making their respective IT systems more efficient, functional, competitive and relevant even in the future.