Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Top 10 TOGAF resources you don’t need to pay for

TOGAF Resources


Achieving the TOGAF certification proves you’re among the top enterprise architects. Demand is soaring for TOGAF; the average salary for a certified TOGAF professional is £70,000 (according to data from ITJobsWatch).

Before you enter the enterprise architecture elite, you’ll need to pass two tough TOGAF exams – Level 1: TOGAF 9 Foundation and Level 2: TOGAF 9 Certified. These exams are challenging and TOGAF revision is essential.

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Luckily, there are ways to prepare for your exam with TOGAF resources that won’t cost you a penny. From exam simulators to eBooks, make the most of these free resources and you’ll be in a better position to pass your TOGAF 9.1 exam first time. Here are the top 10 TOGAF resources you don’t need to pay for.

1. The Open Arch - TOGAF Exam simulator


Manuel Di Toma, the creator of The Open Arch, has created a great exam simulator for enterprise architects studying for their TOGAF 9 certification. You’ll get access to five TOGAF 9 exam simulators across both exam levels. If you create a basic account you’ll also be able to save your exam progress and return to it later with your log in details.

To develop this online resource, Manuel has worked closely with TOGAF® 9 certified Architects. However, it’s worth noting that The Open Group are not directly involved with this free resource.



2. Orbus Software - TOGAF 9 in pictures


Orbus has developed a set of clear TOGAF 9.1 in Pictures Poster Pack - this resource is a must-have for visual learners. Not to be substituted for a comprehensive study guide (or accelerated course), this resource will make for an undeniably useful revision tool.

This pack covers the key areas in TOGAF 9.1, including The Architecture Development Method, Guidelines and Techniques, Content Metamodel and Architecture Repository and Architecture Capability Framework.



Spend a couple of minutes creating an account and you’ll get access to the pdf files. That’s a small price to pay for this useful TOGAF revision resource.

3. Orbus Software - TOGAF Distilled


These well produced videos, also from Orbus Software, provide a minimalistic overview of TOGAF. There are 8 in total and each cohesively describes a top-level view of the enterprise architecture framework.

4. TOGAF 9 Multiple Choice Questions - Chris Eaton


Created by enterprise architect, Chris Eaton, and hosted on his blog, these questions mimic the multiple choice sections of the TOGAF 9 exam. Thanks to a great community response, Chris has also released a set of exam scenario questions.

While the site is starting to show it’s age this resource is still a great way to prepare for your TOGAF exam. Find both sets of questions in pdf format here.

5. TOGAF 9 Multiple Choice Questions - Udayan Banerjee


Another set of TOGAF 9 multiple choice questions, this time provided by Udayan Banerjee. The set of practice questions are hosted on his blog - make sure you scroll down for the answers!

6. Official TOGAF courseware


This goldmine of slides, templates and white papers is an essential resource for every student aiming for TOGAF certification. Plus, these are official TOGAF resources from The Open Group.


7. Official TOGAF Reference Cards



These official TOGAF reference cards are located alongside the previously mentioned TOGAF resources. With 16 reference cards in total, this resource is worth your time.


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8. Enterprise Architecture for Dummies


This 55 page presentation is a great introduction to TOGAF. Despite it being clear that this resource originally accompanied a verbal presentation, it’s still worth checking out.

9. TOGAF 9.1 Quick Start Guide for IT Enterprise Architects


‘Why would anybody need a short 60 page book on TOGAF 9.1 if TOGAF itself is a 690 page architecture framework?’ asks Wolfgang Keller in the preface to his book. Well, whilst TOGAF 9.1 covers most things in-depth, it doesn’t provide a quick overview for IT enterprise architects.

‘There are the areas of an IT Enterprise Architect’s task list which are not covered by TOGAF at the moment. This makes it a rewarding task to give people interested in TOGAF an idea of what they can expect and what they have to find elsewhere,’ writes Keller.



Access his 60 page eBook here. (Update: as the original hosting of this eBook has expired, you will now be required to donate a small fee to the offer for access).

10. Frequently Asked Questions about TOGAF


If you want a broad overview of everything TOGAF has to offer, this is a great place to start. Firebrand is the UK’s leading provider of TOGAF certification and we answer queries from TOGAF students every day.