TOGAF Supported Enterprise Architecture Designs

Enterprise Architect 7.0 is one of the latest enterprise architectural approaches available. To understand enterprise architect 7.0, a person must have a basic understanding first of the idea behind enterprise architecture.

What is enterprise architecture?

Enterprise architecture is the organizing logic on the linking of business strategy and technological investments. An individual or team who practices enterprise architecture is called an enterprise architect. Basically, the idea behind enterprise architecture is to be able to understand the current situation in a business or organization in terms of its structural components namely information, technology, business and applications. These shall then be linked with the strategy and goals of the business organization. The work process of the enterprise architect is to make compromises between the current situation and the ideal situation.

Why Use Enterprise Architect 7.0?

Since enterprise architecture is gaining popularity, there is an emerging approach to be able to capture complicated knowledge about organizations and technology. These architectural approaches use comprehensive modelling tools to analyze structural components.

Enterprise Architect 7.0 then is a tool using the latest Unified Modelling Language (UML) 2.1 specification. It boasts of several qualities such as the highly capable UML analysis and design tool, which is used in requirements gathering, analysis stage, designing models, testing and maintenance. It also has speed, stability and performance, which provide great advantages to building models of software systems consistently. It also provides end-to-end traceability, which means that the users can trace the process from requirements analysis, implementation and deployment.

Enterprise Architect will surely make the work of an enterprise architect easier and more transparent.

You think of strategy as a preventive measure, an improvement or a change.  Strategies are formulated resulting to experiences with individual’s interaction with the system or through related cases.  An enterprise when encountered with a situation cannot afford to wait for solutions nor wait for such occurrence.  Without clear defined information on Enterprise Architecture, it becomes difficult for an organization on where to start and identify what went wrong.

It is for this reason that Enterprise Architecture is vital to organizations in terms of designing, evaluating and building the right structure for their organization.  Enterprise Architecture provides the fundamental technology and process structure for an IT strategy.  This in return enables organization’s IT become a responsive asset towards modern business success and same time achieve competitive advantage.

Enterprise Architecture enables you to identify strategic parameters for change, as well as the work packages or projects that you need to undertake when you move from a current environment to the target.  You must be able to evaluate and select the options best suited for implementation either it be a build or buy or re-use options.  The strategy should give cognizance in terms of dependability and boundaries of functions are not overlapping. 

The elements of Enterprise Architecture are focused on deliverables and method to be performed. There is no prescribed rule on the specific deliverable and method, for as long as deliverables are produced and methods are appropriately applied.  Thus, architects are given the right to choose the best strategy considered relevant to the organization.

Enterprise Architecture is developed to support businesses in providing the fundamental technology and process structure for an IT strategy.  When people who used the system, feel that there are concerns to be addressed in the IT system, Enterprise Architecture comes in.  It is the role of the architect to address the issues, by means of identifying and refining the requirements, develop strategies or show trade offs to be implemented.  To be able to address quickly these concerns is to be able for them to work on or refer to the Enterprise Architecture Design.

Organization will need to use an architecture framework, which will speed up, simplify the architecture development, and ensure that more coverage of the designed solution will be achieved.  The Enterprise Architecture Design is a complex process, in as much as it has heterogeneous designs, and there are multi-vendor architectures.  With TOGAF Enterprise Architecture Design, the development process is exposed enabling IT users to design genuinely open systems based solution according to their business needs.

The following are the four types of Enterprise Architecture Framework Designs for which TOGAF supports:
1.   Business (or Business Process) Architecture – covers business strategy, governance, organization, and key business processes.
2.  Data Architecture – covers the structure of an organization’s logical and physical data assets and data management resources.
3.  Applications Architecture – covers the blueprint for the individual application systems to be used, their interactions, and their relationships to the core business processes of the organization.
4.  Technology Architecture – covers the logical software and hardware capabilities necessary to support the deployment of business, data, and application services. Examples of such are IT infrastructure, middleware, networks, communications, processing, standards, etc.