TOGAF Introduction


TOGAF 9.2 Foundation
Course Introduction
Course Introduction

Course Description

We begin with an introduction to the TOGAF Framework, and what you can expect from the videos in this Learning Path.  

 Intended Audience  

This course is intended for anyone looking to understand Enterprise Architecture.  It is helpful however to have several years' experience in IT in a variety of roles, or to have an understanding of Enterprise or IT Architecture. 

Prerequisites of the Certifications 

There are no formal pre-requisites for this course.  


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- Hi and welcome to this learning path, the TOGAF 9.2 Foundation. The TOGAF Framework provides a wealth of advice to support large and complex enterprises in achieving their longterm goals. This is done by providing a solid platform of architectural activities, backed up proper governance and useful architecting techniques, all of them focused on ensuring enterprise systems are as effective as possible. The framework is developed and maintained by the Open Group, a not-for-profit consortium started in the mid-'90s. It compromises over 600 corporates and nearly 100,000 individual members as of the start of 2020. Other key Open Group frameworks include, the operating system UNIX, ArchiMate, a modeling notation designed especially for enterprise architects, Open FAIR, an approach to assessing risk, IT4IT, to assist in managing the business of IT, and most recently, DPBoK, the digital practitioner body of knowledge. It's purpose is to help navigate the rapidly evolving digital landscape. Developed over more than two decades, the TOGAF Framework provides guidance on designing the building blocks of an enterprise architecture as well as a set of tools to design it. TOGAF is a standard that helps attract vendor-based tools to help architects in their work. The TOGAF framework gives you a baseline to work from when you start any architecting activities. The TOGAF framework is comprised of six parts. Part One, Introduction. This includes and overview and executive summary including key definitions. Part Two, the Architecture Development Method. This is a process for undertaking any architecting. This is the heart of the framework. Part Three, ADM Guidelines and Techniques, a collection of established techniques addressing topics such as governance, stakeholder management, business scenarios, gap analysis, migration planning techniques, and risk management. Part Four, the Architecture Content Framework. This provides advice on how to describe and document architecture. Part Five, the Enterprise Continuum. This suggests a way to catalog and store these documents. Part Six, the Architecture Capability Framework. This primarily describes how to govern the architecture, what resources are necessary, and the kind of skills needed to establish and effective team. Understanding all of these areas is key to being an effective enterprise architect. As this is the foundation course, you'll be gaining a firm understanding of the TOGAF framework basics. Once completed, you'll be able to tackle the certified course, which builds on what you've learned in the foundation helping you to use and implement the TOGAF framework. This foundation course is broken into four modules. Module one will introduce you to the basic concepts of the TOGAF framework and enterprise architecture. Module two will look at some of the fundamental pieces of the framework, like the Enterprise Continuum, architecture building blocks, and the architecture repository. Module three will look in depth at the architecture development method, the heart of TOGAF. Module four will finish off the course by covering guidelines and techniques and architecture governance. Throughout the course, there are a number of additional PDF resources to help you as you progress through the course. The TOGAF framework uses a number of diagrams that will be shown throughout the videos, and these are included in the PDFs. At the end of each module is a knowledge check to help you reinforce your learning. You'll have tour own approach to learning, but here's a few ideas that might help you get the most from this course. One, try to complete the whole thing in three months, that way you'll still remember what you learned at the start when you take the exam. Two, try to complete an entire module at a time, or if you can't, a complete video. Three, do the knowledge checks as you go. They'll help you consolidate what you've picked up and tell you which areas you need to go through again. There's a mock exam included at the end of the course, too. So that way you can practice before you take the foundation exam. Finally, when you've finished the course, we'd love to hear what you thought about the course. So please let us know what you liked, what was helpful, and where we can improve. Good luck and we hope you enjoy the course.

About the Author

In a varied career that began in 1974, John Coleshaw has trodden a relatively unusual path whereby his roles have split evenly between Business and IT. In the early 80s he was the Credit Manager for a multi-national electronics company, and at the same time built a computerised financial and credit analysis tool using the original version of the IBM PC. In the mid-80s, whilst performing the role of senior underwriter in the Credit Insurance industry, he managed the IT system, as well as developed an innovative risk analysis tool. At the start of the 90s, as a manager in a financial information company, he developed an early form of expert system whose purpose was to predict corporate failure.

His current career as an IT trainer began in 1998, specialising at the time in Object Oriented programming languages. In 2002 he started developing and delivering IT Architecture training and has now had the opportunity to meet and discuss architecture matters with over a thousand architects. The courses he trains now span both The Open Group (TOGAF and ArchiMate), and BCS.

He has a book to his name, one written in the late 80s on Credit Risk Analysis.