TOGAF is a framework/method
developed by an international group of IT-vendors. It is designed to
(re-)document the current en future IT of an organisation, including
the way to get to the proposed future.
In practice TOGAF
is a comprehensive re-documentation effort of the current IT of an organisation.
It includes a limited view on the needs of the organisation and focusses
on the new IT-infrastructure an organisations intends to create, and
on the way to get there.
Clearly TOGAF contains
the IT-vendors view on information and IT in organisations, their customers.
The framework/method fully under-exposes the information an organisation
has and wants. The knowledge of the information enable organisations
to be pro-active in their discussions with IT-vendors, and TOGAF does
not address this issue from the position an organisation needs. Furthermore,
the effort to do a very detailed and time-consuming re-documentation
of the existing IT-infrastructure is questionable, if necessary at all.
As a conclusion:
- TOGAF introduces
a lot of work to be done. mainly by IT-vendors. The added value of
this work is at least questionable because most of it re-documents
what is already there.
- Some of the demand-side
issues are addressed in a manner to be expected from IT-vendors. The
strength an organisation can get from developing its knowledge of
information is minimal. For that reason a strong pro-active approach
of IT-vendors based on knowledge is not developed.
details, see the observation on TOGAF 8 and 9