Mike Rosen on Applied TOGAF – Beyond Certification to Practical Application Seminar


Michael Rosen discusses his seminar that can be run as an in-house course for your organisation Seminar Information is available at: http://www.irmuk.co.uk/events/112.cfm

Organisations today have discovered the value and benefits of Enterprise Architecture and are now looking for ways to implement it in their organisation. TOGAF is the only real option for an industry standard approach, and has seen a significant interest in adoption and certification. But all too often, after achieving a certification, the architect and the organisation are left wondering: ‘What next?’

One of the most challenging and important parts of TOGAF is tailoring it to your organisation. Unfortunately, most TOGAF training is focused on preparing participants for the certification examination. In order to provide a certified TOGAF course, the material is highly regulated by The Open Group, ensuring a consistent level of knowledge and a command of the TOGAF vocabulary, but leaving little time for topics such as implementation examples to be covered in the class.

This course is focused on the practical aspects of how to apply TOGAF within your organisation. It stresses two areas: Tailoring TOGAF, and creating an Architectural Vision. Anyone who is involved in implementing TOGAF will find the course invaluable. TOGAF certification is not required for the course, although participants who are certified will find that the course reinforces and builds on their knowledge. Note that this is not a certified TOGAF course and it is not intended for certification exam preparation. Rather, it illustrates the practical implementation of TOGAF through an extensive example.

The course is structured as a mix of presentation, interactive discussion and group based exercises, so delegates get the chance to apply the concepts learned to example scenarios during the facilitated exercises.


The complexity of today’s IT environments, regulations and competitive pressures are driving many enterprises to implement IT architecture programs. While Enterprise Architecture (EA) isn’t new, it has produced mixed results. Successful organizations have streamlined costs, improved alignment between business strategy and IT systems, and improved flexibility. With this success, the demand for qualified architects is even greater.

Unfortunately, many organization or architects do not have an overall understanding of what enterprise architecture is, how programs are structured, the roles, responsibilities and skills of an enterprise architect, what enterprise architecture looks like, how to create architecture, how to apply it, and how to deliver value to their organization through EA. This workshop is aimed at making sure you understand these questions and how to achieve these results. We will illustrate the many different aspect of EA and discuss how to deliver maximum value with Enterprise Architecture and avoid common pitfalls and mistakes. Topics will include EA principles and practices, EA domains of business, information, application, and technology architecture, and the architectural skills and thinking needed to be an enterprise architect.

Although EA frameworks will be covered, this course has a different focus than framework based training. Rather than dig into the specific details, methods, and vocabulary of a particular framework, this course teaches the principles, skills, and thinking that you need to be a good architect and to apply architecture regardless of the framework. You will leave with new skills and techniques that can immediately be applied to your job and project.

The workshop is structured as a mix of presentation, interactive discussion, and group based exercises, so participants get the chance to apply the techniques learned to example scenarios during the facilitated exercises.

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