TOGAF 10 is Now Released and Available!

On the 25th of April, 2022, The Open Group released the TOGAF version 10. This is a major milestone not only for The Open Group but for the whole Enterprise Architecture industry and all practitioners. Being the go-to standard for Enterprise Architects, the tenth version of “The Standard” has been desired for a long time. It also has to meet high expectations.

Who is Behind The TOGAF Standard 10?

The History of TOGAF — What´s the Significance of the TOGAF 10 Release?

As a result, the importance of TOGAF declined, new sources for Enterprise Architecture best practices emerged, and especially questions about topics such as Digitalization, Cloud Computing, or Agility were answered by other sources than TOGAF. Still, everyone waited for the next big release of the TOGAF version 10, to provide answers to those questions from their perspective.

The release of the TOGAF version 10 on the 25th of April, 2022 marks a significant milestone for The Open Group and the whole Enterprise Architecture community.

What is TOGAF 10?

With version 10, The Open Group went further down this path. More content has been removed from the core content and added to the TOGAF series guides. In addition, the TOGAF Library, which holds further, quite useful content and has been continuously growing over the past years, has been officially added to the overall TOGAF content overview. The result is a picture that looks like an onion and has the most stable content in the center and quicker changing content in the outer layers.

The Content of TOGAF 10

- Introduction and Core Concepts (88 pages)

- Architecture Development Method (ADM) (154 pages)

- ADM Techniques (88 pages)

- Applying the ADM (36 pages)

- Architecture Content (120 pages)

- Enterprise Architecture Capability and Governance (64 pages)

In addition, the TOGAF Series Guides cover lots of content that previously has been in the Standard itself, but is now published as a separate guide. In addition, there have been completely new guides added — a few of them already in the past months:

- Business Architecture

- Information Architecture

- Security Architecture

- Enterprise Architecture/Agile Architecture

- Enterprise Architecture/Digital Enterprise

- Technology Architecture

- MSA/SOA Architecture

- Adapting the ADM

- …

Last but not least, the TOGAF library contains further documents supporting the TOGAF Fundamental Content and the TOGAF Series Guides. For instance, the library includes different translations, guidelines for specific industries (e.g., capability maps), and more subjective documents, as well as whitepapers, webinars, study guides, and reference cards.

What is New in TOGAF 10?

TOGAF Series Guides are now Part of the TOGAF 10 Standard

While in 9.2, there was the TOGAF Standard and the TOGAF Series Guides, the latter is now an official part of the TOGAF Standard. While the TOGAF Series Guides previously were further supporting material outside the Standard, this role is now taken by the broader TOGAF Library, providing further, faster changing, content.

TOGAF Architecture Layers are Moved to The Series Guides

A major aspect of the old TOGAF was the explanation of the different layers. In version 10, the layers of business architecture, information architecture, and technology architecture are moved to the series guides. As part of business architecture, the topic of business capabilities moved from the fundamental content into the series guide. This underlines the intention to move topics that might be less stable (e.g., definitions, importance, approach) into the series guides and out of the fundamental content.

Security Architecture Becomes an Incremental Part

The topic of security architecture has been added to the same level of importance as the other architecture layers. Yet, it has not been added to the Architecture Development Method (ADM).

Digital and Agile are Now Part of TOGAF 10

More modern topics, such as Digital and Agile are now addressed within the TOGAF Standard. Each now has its series guide.

Information and Data Content Has Been Added to TOGAF 10

The available content about information mapping and master data management increased significantly.

Broader Audience of TOGAF

The new version tries to become relevant to a broader audience. It provides steps and content for a particular audience. Also, the IT focus of some chapters has been removed to become relevant for business as well. For instance, around the topic of EA Capability and Governance.

TOGAF Definitions

Quite some definitions have been added (e.g., a definition of a product or a digital architecture), changed, or removed.

There are surely more changes hidden trends in the new version, which I will write about after I had the chance for a detailed review of TOGAF 10.

Is TOGAF 10 Worth It?

- The Open Group has managed to cut the TOGAF Standard into smaller, better digestible pieces. The new modular structure makes the content much easier to grasp. Different organizations with different architecture styles can also better choose what to consider and what not.

- The core content of TOGAF has been further consolidated so that overall consistency increased and redundant content has been removed. Content that is likely to change quickly over time has been moved to the TOGAF Series Guides so that the TOGAF Fundamental Content increases in overall importance and relevance.

- The new structure allows new content to be added more frequently to the TOGAF Standard by simply releasing new TOGAF guides. This is also done outside the normal release cycle of the Standard to address new, emerging ideas.

- Several new concepts or topics that tremendously increased their importance over the past years were added, refined, or described in more detail. Those include most topics mentioned above, including the concept of architecture scenarios, information management importance, and customer master data management.

All in all, I am positively surprised by the new version. Especially the modular structure and the inclusion of the further content created by The Open Group into the wider TOGAF Standard (e.g., many “How-To” guides) make it an extremely valuable piece of content for all Enterprise Architects.

TOGAF 10 Certification

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