TOGAF 9 features significant enhancements to key capabilities of the architecture framework. It includes new materials that show in detail how the Architecture Development Method (ADM) can be applied to specific situations, such as Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) and security architecture.
TOGAF 9 is an industry consensus framework and method for Enterprise Architecture that is available for use internally by any organisation around the world. It is a tool for assisting in the production, use and maintenance of architectures. It is based on a process model supported by best procedures and a re-usable set of existing architectural resources.
TOGAF 9 focuses on developing business capability and management frameworks to encourage business exercises, configurations and abilities to enable inter-operability between businesses at all levels in the organisation.
As a comprehensive, open method for Enterprise Architecture, TOGAF 9 complements, and can be used in conjunction with, other frameworks that are more focused on specific aspects of architecture or for vertical sectors such as Government, Defence, and Finance.
The seven main parts of TOGAF 9 include:
- Introduction: This part provides a high-level introduction to the key concepts of enterprise architecture and in particular the TOGAF approach. It contains the definitions of terms used throughout TOGAF and release notes detailing the changes between this version and the previous version of TOGAF.
- Architecture Development Method: This part is the core of TOGAF. It describes the TOGAF Architecture Development Method (ADM) - a step-by-step approach to developing enterprise architecture.
- ADM Guidelines and Techniques: This part contains a collection of guidelines and techniques available for use in applying TOGAF and the TOGAF ADM.
- Architecture Content Framework: This part describes the TOGAF content framework, including a structured metamodel for architectural artifacts, the use of re-usable architecture building blocks, and an overview of typical architecture deliverables.
- Enterprise Continuum & Tools: This part discusses appropriate classifications and tools to categorize and store the outputs of architecture activity within an enterprise.
- TOGAF Reference Models: This part provides a selection of architectural reference models, which includes the TOGAF Foundation Architecture, and the Integrated Information Infrastructure Reference Model (III-RM).
- Architecture Capability Framework: This part discusses the organisation, processes, skills, roles, and responsibilities required to establish and operate an architecture function within an enterprise.