In creating tools for architecture development practitioners should pay attention to certain criteria that need to be deliberated first so that conclusive and beneficial tools will be produced.
First and foremost, the functionality of the tool must be aligned to the objectives of the organization. The framework corroborates with the production of deliverables should be specified to know whether it supports a certain framework or not.
Some other key features and functions that should be included in gauging the functionality of the tools are the glossary, the ability to signify architecture models and views that would be comprehensible to non-technical architecture stakeholders. Furthermore, it must be known also if the tool will support metamodels, enterprise use, the mechanisms for linking requirements, report generation, and a common language and notation.
The accessibility and easy to use factors should also be existing where in an user-friendly map of the tool and help online is always at hand. Concerns such as support for visualizing model, operational artifacts and components, and programmatic languages are all taken into account to attain tool intuitiveness.
The organizational compatibility factors is also one of the criteria which will be useful in monitoring international and local domains since the tool should accommodate all geographic locations that involve information architecture.
The tool capacity such as the size of data, number of files and number of data records it can contain should be addressed to prevent restrictions and constrictions of the flow of the model.
Other more equally important criteria in coming up with the perfect TOGAF tool are the architecture of the tool, full like cycle of the tool, interoperability factors, vendor factors and of course financial considerations to create a valuable tool for your organization.