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The Open Group announced the release of the TOGAF Standard, 10th Edition at their Open Group Summit in London this week which I had the pleasure of attending along with SAP’s Andreas Poth. Andreas is the Chief Expert and Enterprise Architecture Methodology Lead in SAP Product Engineering and Enterprise Integration.

This was a great event not just in terms of learning more about this major release of TOGAF but conversations about mutual synergies and collaboration between our global SAP Community Enterprise Architecture Group and the Open Group. Stay tuned for more exciting details. 

This launch of TOGAF 10 marks a major milestone in the development of the world’s most widely-used Enterprise Architecture framework developed by The Open Group Architecture Forum. This release introduces a refreshed modular structure which will make it easier to apply the TOGAF framework to different kinds of organizations and styles of architecture.

Building on over twenty-five years of development and constant input from the forum’s global community of EA thought leaders, the TOGAF  Standard, 10th Edition expands the material available to architecture practitioners to make adoption of best practices easier. 

 With greatly expanded guidance and “how-to” material, it enables organizations to operate in an efficient and effective way across a broad range of use-cases, including Agile enterprises and Digital Transformation.

The modular structure provides Enterprise Architects with greater guidance, and simpler navigation, for applying the TOGAF framework alongside its comprehensive fundamental knowledge base. By framing the knowledge base and the topic-specific guidance as separate, formal parts of the TOGAF Standard, the new release will also make it possible to release additional material more frequently while maintaining continuity and stability in its fundamental content.

“The Open Group shares a collective vision of Boundaryless Information Flow™, and the release of the TOGAF® Standard, 10th Edition is a powerful expression of that vision”, commented Steve Nunn, CEO and President of The Open Group. “The next decade of technology and business pressures will require organizations to be more agile, resilient, and adaptable than ever, and that will make a clear approach to architecture more important than ever. I am proud of what The Open Group Architecture Forum has produced for this release, which makes the TOGAF framework significantly more usable by even more businesses while maintaining its core values of consistency, openness, and efficiency.”

The TOGAF Standard, 10th Edition continues to grow the framework’s ability to enable fundamental aspects of business strategy. These enhancements will also benefit vendors in terms of their ability to deliver competitive new features and services to customers in specialized market segments while adhering to open standards which underpin interoperability.

“The fact that the TOGAF Standard is a living body of knowledge is one of its great advantages”, continued Steve Nunn. “We have now arrived at a point where business strategy and digital solutions are inseparable, and organizations of every size, in every sector, face the need to establish Agile ways of working which continually evolve and adapt. The TOGAF Standard, 10th Edition shows how the TOGAF ecosystem is itself adapting to this reality, growing with businesses to deliver significant value in times of change.”


The Open Group also highlighted that they will continue training and certification for the TOGAF Standard, Version 9.2. Information on additions to the certification program to incorporate the TOGAF Standard, 10th Edition will be announced in the coming months. This will include a bridge learning path for individuals covering new features in the TOGAF Standard, 10th Edition.


Use of the TOGAF Standard in the SAP EA Framework

A highlight of the event was also Andreas Poth‘s day two opening keynote on  “Use of the TOGAF Standard in the SAP EA Framework”

Andreas talked about the use of the TOGAF Standard in the SAP Enterprise Architecture Framework, and its usage in the SAP Community.  He give an overview of the fundamental principles the SAP team has been applying to master the key challenges to establish the Enterprise Architecture practice. Reference Architecture examples, focusing on Business and IT aspects, and use cases along the Software Lifecycle. He did a great job of explaining the value of Enterprise Architecture for SAP and its customers.
Watch for an upcoming blog post on Andreas and the full recording of his session. 
Download the Introduction to the TOGAF Standard, 10th Edition
We will be talking more about TOGAF 10 and what it means for Enterprise Architects and SAP Customers in the coming months as well as other collaborations with the Open Group around various topics and skills. 
For now get started by reading the Introduction to the TOGAF Standard, 10th Edition
You can access both a downloadable pdf and the digital edition now. This document introduces both newcomers and seasoned practitioners to the TOGAF Standard, 10th Edition.
There has never been a more exciting time to be an Enterprise Architect or a time of learning for anyone new to the field.