TOGAF ADM: The Core of The Open Group Architecture Framework

Those who have a basic background about The Open Group Architecture Framework or TOGAF know that its core lies in ADM.  ADM stands for the Architecture Development Method and it is an application used for the development of a business’ enterprise architecture. Its aim lies in meeting the business processes and Information Technology needs of any type of business organization.

To have a deeper understanding of how TOGAF ADM works, here is a quick look at the phases involved in Architecture Development Method. First is the preliminary phase of architecture development.  Here, the framework and principles of the plan are discussed in detail.

Second, your overall strategy as an IT architect should be clearly defined.  The third phase of ADM involves describing your current business architecture. How do you define your targets and how will the gaps in the planning phase be filled out?

The fourth stage involves the development of information system architectures.  Fifth, the IT architect creates an overall target architecture. It is also at this phase where future developments are incorporated.

The sixth stage is wrapping up the overall target architecture.  After that, migration planning and project prioritizing is done.  The second to the last stage of ADM involves implementation governance.  Finally, the last phase of ADM involves monitoring of the running system, determining when a new cycle needs to be started out, which is then looped back to the first phase of ADM. 

As you can see, the clearly defined steps involved in TOGAF ADM is an integral part of the framework, making it a requirement that every IT professional specializing in TOGAF should learn about.