How can I use TOGAF with Other Frameworks?

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Last week's video highlighted the benefits of TOGAF, and this week's video takes an in-depth look at one specific benefit - namely TOGAF's ability to be used in conjunction with other frameworks.

How can I use TOGAF with other frameworks?

One of the aims of TOGAF is not just that it can be used in conjunction with other industry standards, but that it should be used in conjunction with these other industry standards. This covers conjunction with IT related frameworks, and sharing inputs and outputs with other management frameworks.

When using TOGAF with other architecture frameworks, such as Zachman, DODAF or FEA, it is important to emphasize that it should be tailored and adapted to your exact needs.  In fact whichever of these you use, best practice says you should always customize it: to suit your needs, to fit with existing practice, and to provide handovers to other frameworks.

Because TOGAF is uniquely focused on an EA perspective, it also provides a complementary perspective to IT frameworks such as  COBIT or ITIL.

In a similar way, TOGAF is complementary to business or management frameworks that cover areas such as process improvement, operational efficiency, project management, strategy planning or management of risk.

When it comes to the nitty gritty of conjunction - analysis of the underlying meta-models can be used to resolve any differences in concepts, constructs or language, while reuse of inputs and outputs is achieved by integrating the framework processes.


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