The Open Group, a technology consortium focused on interoperability and "boundary-less information flow", is launching version 9 of TOGAF (The Open Group Architecture Framework), which provides a framework and method for enterprise architecture available to any organisation.
Version 9, which follows the introduction of TOGAF 8 by six years, adds detail and clarity beyond previous versions of the specification, The Open Group said.
More than 60 percent of Fortune 50, and 80 percent of global Forbes 50 companies, use TOGAF to reduce time, costs, and risks associated with developing enterprise architecture and improve business agility, according to The Open Group.
Featured in version 9 is a more modular structure to boost usability, encourage incremental adoption, and support evolutionary release management, The Open Group said. Version 9 includes materials to show how the TOGAF Architecture Development Method can be applied to such situations as SOA and security architecture.
A new architecture content framework in TOGAF 9 includes a content meta-model that formalises the definition of an enterprise architecture and sets links between business and IT objects. Guidance is provided on structuring architecture repositories that hold architecture artifacts.
Also featured is an extended set of concepts and guidelines to enable development of integrated hierarchies of architectures within organisations with design governance models.