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Good e-Learning provide leading training solutions for the biggest standards in Enterprise Architecture (EA). All our courses are accredited by The Open Group.

The courses we offer are suitable for people who are looking to gain a globally recognized qualification in the Enterprise Architecture domain.

TOGAF® 9 Certification is regarded as the industry-standard framework and methodology for Enterprise Architecture practice, whilst ArchiMate® 3 is the modeling language that supports the creation of TOGAF architecture models.

What is Enterprise Architecture?

Since IT departments have existed they have always looked for ways to contribute towards the long-term goals of the enterprise; and accordingly, to justify the appropriate investment. Out of these efforts, the domain of Enterprise Architecture (EA) has emerged as a set of practices used to govern this alignment between technology investment and business/organizational strategy.

As IT departments became more commonplace within organizations, frameworks (such as IBM’s BSP - created in 1980) gave IT Governance its first formal methods of simplifying, analyzing and designing an IT architecture.

Using an EA framework made it far simpler to identify threats and opportunities, plan migration paths, guide IT capital expenditures, and create blueprints for development.

Over the course of the 80s, these ideas were further discussed, developed and popularized. Then in the early 90s the Open Group began work on ‘TOGAF’ - The Open Group Architecture Framework. TOGAF used an earlier framework developed by the US Department of Defence as a basis, and was the first extensive and comprehensive EA framework to be provided free of charge to organizations for non-commercial purposes.

The siloing and separation of information into different IT systems which could not communicate was a big problem, as it blocked the development of business processes which were company-wide. Increasing information-flow across IT systems was therefore a major concern for EA at this time. More recently, plentiful provision of middleware has made interoperability less of an issue. The trend for EA has therefore been to expand in its scope - from mainly addressing issues within and between IT systems, to becoming increasingly business focused, strategic and pragmatic.

Cumbersome, slow moving IT departments are increasingly viewed as a thing of the past, and current EA frameworks, such as TOGAF 9.1, fully leverage and maximize IT as an enabler of change within an ‘Agile’, responsive organization.

The Benefits of Enterprise Architecture:

Like most frameworks, TOGAF provides a way for organizations to increase the robustness, flexibility and efficiency of their Enterprise Architecture, enabling the business to change and adapt to the requirements of an unpredictable future. But what are the advantages of TOGAF over other EA frameworks?

  • Collaborative: TOGAF was developed through the combined efforts of 300 of the world’s leading organizations. This broad base of knowledge and experience ensures that the framework is tried and tested.

  • Open-Source Resource: The volume of materials found in TOGAF is unmatched, and is available for free via the Open Group’s website. These resources are a valuable resource for novice and experienced practitioners alike.

  • Flexible: The TOGAF framework is general, but can be tailored to suit the specific needs of any organization. In addition, it has been designed to be compatible with other frameworks.

  • Popular: TOGAF has been around for a long time, and as a result it is widely known and accepted, and there are a large number of qualified practitioners and trainers available. This means that it is easy to find people with the right skills when you need them.

  • Constantly Improving: TOGAF evolves with each update, ensuring that it incorporates and promotes the latest best practices.

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