Okay, so I’m at the TOGAF San Diego conference, where the launch for TOGAF Version 9 is plodding its rather rambling way through. Some very good conversations, but first, a quick first-impressions on the new version – the supposed ‘best practice on enterprise architecture’.
Summary: it’s a point-update, not a true new version. A good clean-up, but nothing much that’s actually new.
The good news: they’ve had the sense to keep the bits that really do work in TOGAF 8 – in particular, the overall principle of the ADM (Architecture Development Method). Given the dominance of CapGemini in running this new ‘version’, I’d been very worried that they would ditch the ADM in favour of CapGemini’s own proprietary Integrated Architecture Framework (IAF): I’m very glad to see that they haven’t gone that route.
The bad news: it’s still hopelessly IT-centric – no improvements there at all. Still the same uselessly IT-focussed, bottom-up “three architectures: Business Architecture, Information Systems Architecture, Technology Architecture”, which is a huge constraint on real whole-of-enterprise architecture; still the same inane “business architecture is everything not-IT”.
In short, yes, it is improved, it is easier to use. But it’s also a huge missed opportunity. Oh well.