Glossary

A helpful A-Z glossary listing key Business and IT transformation terms and technical definitions.
  • Abstract Process

    An Abstract Process represents interactions between a private business process and another process or participant.
  • Abstraction

    Abstraction is a technique for producing a high-level summarization or generalization of more complex or detailed topics or content.
  • Activity

    An Activity is work performed by an organization using business processes. An activity can be atomic or non-atomic (compound). Types of activities used within Process Models include Process, Sub-Process, and Task.
  • Activity Cost Worksheet

    Activity Cost Worksheets are a matrix that are used to analyze various costs of a set of activities.
  • Actor

    An Actor is a normally used to define a physical or quasi-physical entity, such as a person, organization, or system.
  • Ad Hoc Workflow System

    An Ad Hoc Workflow System is a type of workflow system that waits on users to indicate what should happen next.
  • Administrative Workflow Systems

    An Administrative Workflow System is a type of workflow system that tracks what individuals do and assign new tasks based on a defined set of rules.
  • Affinity Diagram

    Affinity Diagrams are a tool used to organize and present large amounts of data (such as ideas, issues, solutions, problems) into sets of logical categories based on their perceived relationships.
  • Application

    An Application is used to represent an operational IT system, which is providing functions and services needed by business users to undertake their processes.
  • Application Platform

    An Application Platform is the collection of hardware and software technology components required to support applications.
  • Application Platform Interface

    An Application Platform Interface (API), sometimes also called Application Interface, is an interface between two or more applications and / or an application and an application platform. The Interface is the means of communication between application(s) and / or the application platform.
  • Architectural Style

    Architectural Style is the means of describing the features by which the Architecture is designed or expressed.
  • Architecture

    Architecture refers to the structure of components, the interrelationships of these components, principles, and guidelines governing the design and evolution of the Architecture over time.
  • Architecture Building Blocks

    An Architecture Building Block is a constituent component of the overall architecture that describes a single aspect of the overall model.
  • Architecture Continuum

    The Architecture Continuum, which is a part of the Enterprise Continuum, is a collection of architectural elements, containing increasing detail and specialization.
  • Architecture Development Method

    The Architecture Development Method (or ADM) is at the core of TOGAF and it provides the step-by-step approach to developing and then using an Enterprise Architecture.
  • Architecture Domain

    An Architectural Domain is the component area or viewpoint of an Architecture under consideration.
  • Architecture Framework

    The notion of an Architecture Framework is a conceptual structure used to construct, implement, and maintain an architecture.
  • Architecture Governance

    Architecture Governance is the approaches and focus by which enterprise architectures and other architectures are organized, ordered, managed and controlled at an enterprise-wide level.
  • Architecture Landscape

    TOGAF defines the Architecture Landscape as a representation of architectural assets that are planned, or in use by the enterprise at a particular moment in time.