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New TOGAF 9.1 Video

Please feel free to view the new video clip outlining the TOGAF 9.1 use of the Content framework.

 

This video looks at how users can use the content framework in order to create, analyse and store their assets whilst developing the taget models.  It covers the concepts, uses of the content framework and then follows on with examples within a modelling environment.

 

We hope you find this of benefit.

 

Posted: 01-Aug-2014 12:45 PM by Heather Wilcox Views: 1512 Comments: 3

TOGAF 9.1 Weekend Training August 2013

TOGAF 9.1 weekend training available in London August 2013. Why not book now to obtain TOGAF 9.1 Certification?  Enjoy interaction with other IT and Business Professionals and increase your knowledge of enterprise architecture.

Learn more about Strategic architecture, Enterprise architecture capability, Modelling traceability, tailoring TOGAF, organisational change.

Have the opportunity to practice TOGAF 9.1 Level 1 and Level 2 exam papers. Contact us at EA Dynamics Uk for more information

Posted: 27-Jul-2013 12:14 AM by Heather Wilcox Views: 2193 Comments: 2

What tools can be used with the Archimate Metamodel?

Tools used for Archimate Modelling.

If you wish to learn more about Archimate – how can you practice and use the functionality to get up to speed?


There is a free, open source, cross platform tool and editor named Archi that can be easily downloaded and used. Archi is targeted towards all levels of Enterprise Architects and Enterprise Modellers.

Open source Archi is free and can be accessed at  -  http://archi.cetis.ac.uk/

Most of the existing tools such as Mega, Sparx EA, BizzDesign, Orbussoftware, ARIS (and lots of others) include Archimate as ONE of their many options from their range of metamodels on offer.
 

Either use one of these for a trial period, or download Archi as an open source option so that you can try out the modelling functionality for yourself

Posted: 22-May-2013 2:59 PM by Heather Wilcox Views: 11910 Comments: 3

Comparison of Enterprise architecture and Solutions Perspective

New Knowledgebase article comparing and contrasting the enterprise architect and solutions perspectives

 

Link to article comparing the EA and Solution perspective

Are EA Job descriptions always realistic

Posted: 04-Apr-2013 8:36 AM by Heather Wilcox Views: 2261 Comments: 2

How much time is required to study for the TOGAF 9.1 exam?

 

Egg timer showing time element of time taken to study TOGAG 9.1 materialsThis is the typical question that is often asked by delegates who are thinking of attending the course.

The honest answer is that the time required to study does vary widely per delegate.  This is because it depends on your ability to absorb new information and also the amount of NEW information required varies based on previous experience.

Many delegates have previous experience relating to business analysis, design and planning disciplines and also find that some experience of other frameworks such as COBIT, PRINCE and ITIL actually help and support understanding of the TOGAF framework.

By attending a course we go through all the content that is required to answer the exam questions and also include hands on practice.  This means by the end of the course you have an awareness of any knowledge gaps and how much more work is required prior to sitting the exam.

Being part of a class, given real life examples of the course content helps provide clarity and understanding of the concepts.  Many delegates have previously tried to read the TOGAF materials themselves but found it heavy going through the book.  The course helps to bring the content to life and help you to focus away from everyday pressures and work, so that you have time to absorb the materials and take the exam with more confidence.

Having the debate from the course also gives the opportunity to look at tailoring and real life scenarios of how parts of TOGAF can be pragmatically applied within an organisation.  It is not a case of use everything that you read in TOGAF and during the course lively debate will give examples to give more context to its application.  Please feel free to call if you have any queries regarding studying and the TOGAF training.

Posted: 28-Mar-2013 1:22 PM by Heather Wilcox Views: 2802 Comments: 1

Why Use TOGAF TRM

For delegates looking to better understand the core taxonomy that defines the application platform entity, EA Dynamics UK has produced an article on the TOGAF TRM taxonomy.  Firstly, before reading, it is useful to understand the context of why the TOGAF TRM can (or should) be used.  Many orgainsations have their own TRM which fits their organisational needs, so is the TOGAF TRM reference model still useful?

See the article at www.eadynamicsuk.com/

Posted: 25-Feb-2013 7:01 PM by Heather Wilcox Views: 2590 Comments: 27

TOGAF TRM Detail analysis

Some delegates recently have shown interest in understanding more of the detail behind the TOGAF TRM reference model.  A new article in the knowledgebase gives more context to the Platform application list of services by showing the detail of the next layer down.  Why not take a look

www.eadynamicsuk.com/

 

Posted: 25-Feb-2013 6:15 PM by Heather Wilcox Views: 2561 Comments: 5

TOGAF Trained Architects

On a lighter note when studying TOGAF and Enterprise Architecture ther is an amusing cartoon that one of the delegates showed us.  If you fancy a chuckle why not have a look.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b5uOhUN-bbo

 

 

Posted: 16-Feb-2013 12:54 PM by Heather Wilcox Views: 2340 Comments: 3

2013 TOGAF 9.1 course schedule

Our current 2013 Course schedule is now available.  Please book early to secure a place.  Our trainers are available to discuss your queries and requirements, so please email or phone us to take the first step in becoming a Certified TOGAF Practitioner.

To contact us please call us on: +44(0) 1443 449886 or Email: info@eadynamisuk.com

View our latest schedule here.

Posted: 07-Jan-2013 9:52 AM by Heather Wilcox Views: 2326 Comments: 4

Basic Overview of TOGAF


This article gives a brief overview of TOGAF that can be referred to from other papers rather than repeating the TOGAF overview per article .

TOGAF®, an Open Group standard is a member driven global technology and vendor neutral consortium, with over 350 member organisations, with headquarters in 31 countries. The organisation formed in 1996 is The Open Group. TOGAF® services include management, strategy, standards, certification, test development, innovation and research.


By using an overarching framework such as TOGAF®, a top down, holistic approach is applied, with guidance on development overseen by an architectural perspective. High level principles ensure the various parts of the enterprise employ a consistent approach to business transformation, in line with the long term IT roadmap that supports the business. High level principles are clearly stated, such as using open standards for data, ensuring the data is accessible from multiple applications. Another high level principle may be that data should only be entered once. Principles help guide the project development provides solutions, and each development has to satisfy the overarching principles based on long term business and IT goals.

TOGAF Framework


The TOGAF® framework is adaptable, and implementation of the framework can be achieved by using an analysis method which bests suits your organisational culture and way of working. The end result is that you have a clearer idea on the ‘who, why, what, where, how and when’ questions required to inform you which areas are performing well and which areas require attention. Analysis of the business, data, applications and technology domains with reference to the supporting business strategy, allows business to utilise technology to optimise business capabilities.

The TOGAF framework consists of seven key areas.  Introduction, where the title explains the content, The Architecture Development Method (ADM), which is often includes a series of lettered phases, each phase consists of a clear structure - objectives, input and outputs, and a series of described steps.  These narratives help a user understand the types of activities required whilst developing and managing the architecture lifecycle. The Content Framework includes artifacts, deliverables and building blocks that can be utilised whilst developing and managing the architecture lifecycle.   The Enterprise Continuum can be used to help classify the assets for future reuse, as the deliverables and artifacts are utilised and produced.  The two TOGAF Reference Models - The Technical Reference Model and the IIIRM are also included in the classification scheme. Finally The Architecture Capability includes Governance and resource related aspects such as roles, responsibilities, skills, maturity levels.

As mentioned in the previous paragraph, TOGAF includes the Architecture Development Method which describes a method for developing and managing enterprise architecture lifecycle, and forms the core of TOGAF. It integrates elements of TOGAF described in this document as well as other available architectural assets, to meet the business and IT needs of an organization.  TOGAF also includes Guidelines and Techniques which can be used during the appropriate ADM phases.  Techniques such as Risk management, stakeholder management, Business scenarios help users to produce the relevant artefacts and deliverables.

TOGAF ADM

TOGAF® incorporates the prioritisation and implementation of the transformation projects. This ensures that the key projects that are critical to the business are given the focus they deserve. TOGAF supports the full life cycle of the information architecture from alignment with business strategy through implementation management, then monitoring and control through to benefit realisation.

 
The TOGAF® framework enforces end to end processes rather than processes developed in silos. The results gained from this approach astound the business. Less resource is required to input and maintain data. The ‘The ‘right information, at the right time, in the right format’’ slogan suddenly has more meaning and makes more business sense.
 

TOGAF also includes Architectural Governance as part of the Enterprise Architecture Framework to encourage conformance to principles, standards, and maintain quality of products, services, assets  and resources.

Posted: 18-Dec-2012 5:38 PM by Heather Wilcox Views: 2868 Comments: 4

 


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