Architecting the Family: TOGAF® & Major IT Frameworks

Organizations need a concerted approach to change. This is where enterprise architecture and TOGAF comes in. Enterprise architecture is at the heart of change, providing a set of tools and techniques that make the strategy concrete, showing employees what is really expected from them and guiding the necessary changes. Alignment of enterprise architecture with other processes is essential to ensure successful change.

Frameworks such as TOGAF®, PRINCE2®, ITIL® and COBIT® provide guidance in identifying and executing the relevant processes. TOGAF is the best-practice framework for enterprise architecture, consisting of a step-by-step development method and a set of guidelines. The other frameworks address project management, IT service management and governance.

Getting the ‘Family’ to Communicate

These frameworks are all popular and used within a large number of organizations. In practice, people using these frameworks operate in a fairly isolated manner, as the frameworks are targeted at specific audiences: Architects use TOGAF, management uses COBIT, project managers use PRINCE2 and IT service managers use ITIL. There is therefore a risk that these disciplines act in isolation, leading to process inefficiencies, communication problems and collaboration issues. This should be prevented as much as possible. There is a need to link all these frameworks and the people involved. We really need an architecture for the family of frameworks.

White Paper

The starting point for an architecture of IT frameworks is a common process model that shows the relationship between the processes involved. COBIT provides a good starting point for this, since it already provides an overview of relevant processes and the information flows between them. A more thorough understanding requires looking at the commonalities and differences, and positioning the various frameworks. This is further described in the white paper “TOGAF & Major IT Frameworks, Architecting the Family”. It provides an overview of enterprise architecture and TOGAF, and how they relate to COBIT, PRINCE2 and ITIL. It also elaborates on why enterprise architecture and TOGAF should play a pivotal role in organizations.

Danny Greefhorst, Enterprise Architecture expert

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Danny Greefhorst
Danny Greefhorst, MSc. is a Principal Consultant and Director of ArchiXL, an enterprise architecture consulting firm in The Netherlands. He acts as an architect and consultant for clients in the financial and public sector. Danny is responsible for the EA portal Via Nova Architectura and is a member of the board of the architecture section of the Dutch Computer Association (Ngi-NGN). He is the author of the book, “Architecture Principles - The Cornerstones of Enterprise Architecture”. In 2011 he received a medal of honor from the Dutch Architecture Forum for his contributions to the architecture community.