Finally got round to doing my TOGAF Certified Practitioner exam for IT-architecture (I will not call what they do ‘enterprise architecture…). And happy to report that I did indeed pass, and quite well, too (84%), despite a bunch of highly ambiguous questions about which I duly complained. ::wrygrin::
So now I’s a real IT-architect – look, I got the piece o’ paper ter prove it, ain’t I? 🙂 🙂
And I’m also taking it that I now have the right to start seriously putting the boot into the shambles that is the Open Group’s pretence that TOGAF is an enterprise-architecture methodology, ‘cos it ain’t. Sorry, folks. It has a lot of very good ideas, and some proven approaches and practices, but as it stands it’s so IT-centric as to be nearly unusable for anything else. (I gather it’s marginally usable even for much of current IT-architecture, but I’ll leave the IT-centric types to hammer that one out.) TOGAF is a good start: but for enterprise-architecture we need something that covers the whole of the enterprise scope – not just the IT.
So I’m setting myself a target of rewriting the thing, together with the rework I’ve been doing on Zachman’s similarly-shambolic taxonomy, and putting it out there as another mini-book, before the end of November. (Provisional title: Bridging the Silos: Enterprise Architecture for IT Architects.)
Watch This Space, perhaps?