Any Information Technology or IT professional would surely know what TOGAF or The Open Group Architecture Framework is all about.  Since it is something which can be freely used by any organization, public or private, from all over the world – the methodologies involved in TOGAF is something that every IT architect should know about.

The basic definition of TOGAF is this:  a framework which involves detailed methodologies and a set of supporting tools which aim to develop and enhance a business’ IT infrastructure.  Currently, the existing versions of TOGAF includes 7, 8, 8.1, 8.1.1 and 9 which is currently under development.

If you are interested in learning about the ins and outs of TOGAF, version 8.1 is a good place to start as any. This version is divided into four main parts, including the introduction, the Architecture Development Method or ADM, Enterprise Continuum and resources.

IT architects and professionals who would like to be TOGAF 8.1 certified should learn about these essential parts.  Under the introduction, you will learn how the TOGAF methodologies originally came about.

Next up, there is the ADM which is considered to be the core of TOGAF. Here, you will learn about the step-by-step approach on how enterprise architecture is developed in any type of business organization.

For Enterprise Continuum, the principles of the TOGAF foundation architecture and the Integrated Information Infrastructure Reference Model are the things that you will learn about.  Finally, under the TOGAF resources, you will know how to utilize the set of techniques and tools for TOGAF applications.

At the end of the day, finishing a complete course in TOGAF 8 or obtaining a TOGAF certification is the best way to familiarize yourself with the principles of this extremely useful framework for developing enterprise architecture.

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