Showing posts with label TOGAF. Show all posts
Showing posts with label TOGAF. Show all posts

Thursday, 10 March 2016

5 reasons why you should get your TOGAF certification

 By Sarah Morgan


Getting TOGAF certified proves you’re at the top of the enterprise architecture field. It helps you learn and demonstrate a full understanding of the reasons behind every element of its structure. It also gives you the ability to develop and re-organise your business architecture to fix its shortcomings.

As great as this is, there a many more benefits of TOGAF that exceed this, making you more valuable to your business and the rest of your team. Plus, there are industry-wide factors that are fantastic motivation to get TOGAF certified. Below is a breakdown of the five best reasons you should invest in your skills, aiming for the pinnacle of enterprise architecture, TOGAF certification.


1. TOGAF Demand is soaring


One huge reason to get your TOGAF certification is because the demand for enterprise architects is soaring. The UK is the global leader in TOGAF certified professionals, accounting for around 16% of all TOGAF certifications worldwide. From 2013 to 2014, the number of newly certified TOGAF professionals increased by around 11,000 (around 45%). These figures give you a sense of the rate at which the certification is growing as well as its popularity in the UK. The momentum TOGAF currently has, is down to the demand for more TOGAF certified professionals. 

One cause of the rise in demand, is that more people in IT and other sectors are realising the long term importance of enterprise architecture and its certifications. As IT technology and architecture advances and becomes more prominent in all parts of business, it’s becoming equally important to plan how your business’s enterprise architecture will be managed in the short and long term. If you don’t do this, businesses face the risk of their technology and architecture becoming obsolete. This is why businesses are looking for more TOGAF certified professionals, and why you should look to get certified and take advantage of the growing demand.


Image from The Open Group blog



2. Learn a common language


TOGAF certified professionals share a common language and a common knowledge of expertise. This is a fantastic skill to possess. As it’s unique to enterprise architecture professionals, it’s a great asset to help fuel the development of IT and enterprise architecture. 

This language and its skills also have the potential to improve your management skills. A main aim of TOGAF is to show you how to better identify the needs of your business. Once you learn the language of enterprise architecture, you’ll be much better placed to guide your team, and the business as a whole to meeting these needs, making you a better manager.


3. Better meet your organisation’s demands 


Another principal aim of TOGAF is to teach you how to meet the demands of your organisation most effectively. This means identifying how the IT budget is being spent and then finding areas where the budget could be spent more effectively. On top of this, TOGAF aims to teach you how and where teams have the potential to fit together better. Combined, these skills make the running of your business far more fluid.

This is an area where a TOGAF certification can make a big difference. Learning how all the different parts of the business fit together, gives you the ability to spot how these processes can be streamlined. This reduces costs and friction, making departments and the business as a whole, more efficient. TOGAF can give you the ability to take on the role as the simplifier in your business and is a great way to impress managers and directors as its insight hard to come by.


4. More trust from employers, clients and colleagues


We’ve already mentioned that the skills you’ll learn from the TOGAF certification are valuable and unique. On top of this, as TOGAF is a globally recognised certification, it brings a high level of trust from your customers, employees and colleagues. This helps reduce friction in the management of enterprise architecture. Getting certified increases your reputation, demonstrating you have proven,  elite level skills.


5. Great investment in your future


Building upon the previous point, getting certified can increase your worth to businesses. This could mean a potential pay rise after achieving your certification. As a whole, getting TOGAF certified is a fantastic investment in your skills and your future. According to itjobswatch.com, someone who is TOGAF 9.1 certified commands an average salary of £67,500. Also, because of its growth in demand, more industries are realising the importance of enterprise architecture, meaning TOGAF is becoming increasingly versatile and applicable to a variety of job roles. A final reason why TOGAF is a solid investment in your skills, is due to its position at the top of the enterprise architecture field. This means once you’re certified, there is no great need for further enterprise architecture certification, increasing the longevity of your investment and the value of your certification.

TOGAF is one of the most popular enterprise architecture certifications that many EA professionals should be aiming for. This is due to its versatility, longevity and return on investment in many areas. It’s growing in demand, is applicable to many different industries and job roles. It can improve fluidity and efficiency in the running of many business areas, as well as providing you with great career prospects. Make sure that the certification is right for you and your area of business, but if you think it is applicable and you’d benefit from enterprise architecture skills, TOGAF is an excellent certification for you.

About the Author:        
Sarah writes for Firebrand Training on a number of IT related topics. This includes exams, training, certification trends, project management, certification, careers advice and the industry itself. Sarah has 11 years of experience in the IT industry. 

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

How to get your TOGAF 9.1 certification in five steps


By Sarah Morgan


Use TOGAF 9.1 in your organisation and develop an enterprise architecture (EA) that’s free to use, consistent and aligned to industry best practices.

However, to prove you know how to use this renowned EA effectively, and to get on track for a £70,000 salary (ITJobsWatch), you need to get certified.



Passing both TOGAF certification exams and achieving your certification is an investment, but it can be a daunting. This guide will show you how to get TOGAF certified, in five simple steps.


1. Two-step approach vs. combined approach

You’ve decided to get TOGAF certified, but what now? To get the certification, you’ll need to pass both TOGAF exams:
  • Level 1: TOGAF 9 Foundation
  • Level 2: TOGAF 9 Certified
Your first choice is between the two-step approach and the combined approach. Take the two-step approach and you’ll pass the two TOGAF exams individually - the Level 1 first, followed by Level 2 when you feel comfortable with your chances of passing it.

The combined approach allows you to get both exams out of the way in one sitting, it’s faster but you’ll need to retain more knowledge.


2. Study the TOGAF 9.1 Framework

Get started by reading the TOGAF 9.1 framework. You’re able to access, and download, the entire framework on The Open Group’s website. A number of licensing options are available, depending on how you propose to use the framework:

  • A free, perpetual Corporate License is available to any organization wanting to use TOGAF 9.1 entirely for internal purposes.
  • A free, perpetual Academic License is free to any academic organization wanting to use TOGAF 9.1 entirely for academic (teaching and/or research) purposes.
  • An annual Commercial License is available for organizations wishing to exploit TOGAF 9.1 commercially.


3. Get yourself a TOGAF 9.1 study guide

Study guides are a near essential tool for any student embarking on self-study. As you might imagine for a popular certification like TOGAF, there are several effective guides available in both electronic and physical formats.

Take a look at the TOGAF® 9 Certified Study Guide - 3rd Edition if you’re attempting either the two-step or combined approach. This comprehensive study guide covers both certification levels and supports you as you prepare for both exams. It’s available on Amazon in both paperback and kindle, depending on your preference.

If you’re currently aiming to pass the Level 1 TOGAF certification exam, take a look at the TOGAF 9 Foundation Exam Study Guide. This foundation guide is concentrated and to-the-point, ideal for busy architects who need to learn TOGAF quickly. If you’re struggling with hundreds of pages of TOGAF documentation – this is for you. Get it on Amazon, in kindle and paperback.


4. Make the most of free TOGAF revision resources

Take a break from your study guide and TOGAF framework documentation to take a look at some external resources.

There are dozens of high quality TOGAF resources available online. And to save you from trawling the web to find the best, we’ve already compiled a list of our Top 10 TOGAF resources you don’t need to pay for, including:


Revision is much easier when you have a plethora of exam simulators, multiple choice practice exams, free presentations, TOGAF FAQ’s and instructional videos to support your knowledge.


5. Book your exam(s)

You’ve invested your precious time, and hard-earned cash, into revising TOGAF 9.1 - now it’s time to book your exams. However, before you do, make sure to test your knowledge against practice exam questions, here are our favourite:


To book your exam, simply navigate to Prometric’s website, register and find a local test centre.


I don’t have time to self-study!

Sometimes, even the most determined can’t fit self-study around their busy lives. For those who can’t invest the time, lack the motivation or simply need to get certified faster, there are other options.

For those who really need to get TOGAF 9.1 certified in the fastest possible time, take a look at Firebrand’s accelerated three day TOGAF course.


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About the Author:        
Sarah writes for Firebrand Training on a number of IT related topics. This includes exams, training, certification trends, project management, certification, careers advice and the industry itself. Sarah has 11 years of experience in the IT industry. 

Thursday, 29 January 2015

5 things you need to know to pass your TOGAF exam


By Sarah Morgan


TOGAF is the most reliable enterprise architecture standard, utilised by the world’s leading organisations. By using TOGAF in your organisation, you’ll be able to develop an EA that’s flexible, consistent and employs best practices.


To prove you know how to implement the TOGAF EA, you’ll need the certification. And to get it, you’ll have to pass both Level 1 & Level 2 TOGAF exams. You’re going to need to put in the work and know the material - there’s no shortcut around this. Fail one of the exams and you won’t achieve an overall pass result (but you can retake the one you failed).

So, to help get you on the way to that £72,500 Architect role, here are 5 tips to prepare you for your TOGAF 9.1 certification exam success.


1. You'll have to pace yourself in the exam

You have a fixed amount of time to complete the questions in your TOGAF exams. Once the clock starts, there’s no stopping it. To make the most of your time, you need know what you’re up against and how much time you’ve got.

Level 1: 60 minutes and 40 multiple choice questions
Level 2: 90 minutes and 8 scenario questions

You’ll need to keep an eye on the clock to make sure you stay on track. In the Level 1 exam you only have an average of 90 seconds per question to make your decision. If one tough question is slowing your progress, you could end up rushing (or even missing) the others as a result.

If you do get through Level 1 with time to spare, there’s no point in rushing to Level 2. You won’t get more time for the Level 2 section and you won’t be able to return to Level 1 to make any last minute eureka changes.



2. Don’t waste time on questions you can’t answer

There’s no point spending extra time on the trickier questions if there are easier ones you could be answering (they’re all worth the same mark!).

Avoid this by first answering the questions that you know as this will leave you more time for the trickier ones. Mark those you can’t answer quickly (if you absolutely cannot answer it, make your best guess) and after the last question you’ll be able revisit them from the summary page.

Again, only return to the questions you know you’ll be able to answer. You shouldn’t be spending time on hard questions when there are still easier ones waiting.

The pass mark for Level 1 is 55%. That means you’ll only need to answer 22 of the 40 multiple choice questions correctly.



3. How to conquer Level 2 scenarios

Unlike Level 1, the Level 2 exam is open book – you’ll have access to an electronic copy of the specification, built into the Prometric test software.

The Level 2 exam consists of just 8 scenarios, each with 4 possible multiple choice answers. These answers are graded: 5 points for the correct answer, 3 for the next closest, 1 for the next and 0 for the furthest.

Answer every scenario question with the most correct answer and you’ll get 40 points. That’s a full 100%, but with a pass rate of 60% you’ll only need to get 24 points.

To conquer these scenarios you’ll need to take your time to analyse and understand them. Consider which phases of the Architecture Development Method (ADM) cycle are relevant as well as the concerns of the stakeholders.

Image courtesy of  The Open Group blog


Before you make your choice, eliminate the wrong answers and work your way backwards to the most logical and correct answer. If you can eliminate just one wrong answer, you’ll still be earning points for that question.

Lastly, you’ll have access to the TOGAF PDF documentation during level 2. Don’t get too side-tracked in this document as you’ll still have to be smart with your time. It’s a great tool that should be used as a source of reference to assess your own judgement, rather than as a guide.



4. Personal experience isn’t always correct

This one’s for experienced architects. TOGAF is the most widely adopted enterprise architecture, curated by thousands of experts, but it can be tempting to refer to your personal experience when taking the exam. However to pass, you’re going to need to take the word of TOGAF as law.

There’s no room for interpretation here, what matters is the correct implementation of the TOGAF Framework – not what worked for you.



5. You don’t have to pay for great exam resources

Great exam resources don’t have to lighten your wallet. From exam simulators to enterprising eBooks, there’s a massive range of material available online.

We’ve compiled some of our favourites – take a look at this blog for the Top 10 TOGAF resources you don’t have to pay for.



All that’s left for you to do is put in the hard work and ace the exam. Good luck!


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About the Author:        
Sarah writes for Firebrand Training on a number of IT related topics. This includes exams, training, certification trends, project management, certification, careers advice and the industry itself. Sarah has 11 years of experience in the IT industry. 

Friday, 19 September 2014

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


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You won’t have to shell out any cash for these useful resources. From exam simulators to enterprising ebooks – you’ll definitely be in a better position to pass your TOGAF 9.1 exam first time.

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 In no particular order...



1. TOGAF Exam simulator

Manuel Di Toma has created a nifty resource for Enterprise Architects studying for their TOGAF 9 certification. Manuel has ensured this exam simulator has been verified by TOGAF® 9 certified Architects. However, it’s worth noting that The Open Group are not directly involved in this resource.


Create a basic account and you’ll be able to save your exam progress and return to it later by logging in.

Access it here.






2. TOGAF 9 in pictures

Created by software company Orbus, this resource is incredible for visual learners. Though not complex enough to rely entirely upon, this resource will make for an undeniably useful revision tool.


You’ll have to spend 2-3 minutes creating an account to access the pdf file but it’s a small price to pay for this useful document.



3. TOGAF 9 Multiple Choice Questions


Composed 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.

There aren’t many of either question type but it remains a great means of preparation for your TOGAF exam.

Find both sets of questions, in pdf format, here.



4. Another set of TOGAF 9 Multiple Choice Questions


This time the questions are provided by Udayan Banerjee. The set of practice questions are simply hosted on his blog and do not require a download. Make sure you scroll down for the answers!



5. But wait, there’s more! TOGAF 9 Foundation Multiple Choice Questions


Hosted by Glasgow based Techbolo, this is a treasure trove of TOGAF foundation exam questions. Created through PHP, this exam format allows you to resume, skip and return to previous questions.



6. Official TOGAF courseware


This goldmine of slides, reference cards, templates and white papers will be a great supplement to any Enterprise Architects revision efforts. Not to mention, these are official TOGAF resources from The Open Group, so you know you can’t go far wrong.



7. 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.



8. 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, Wolfgang argues that whilst TOGAF 9.1 covers most things in-depth, it doesn’t provide a quick overview for IT enterprise architects.


‘There are 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.’


Access his 60 page eBook here.



9. Frequently Asked Questions about TOGAF


If you just want a broad overview of everything TOGAF has to offer, this is a great place to start. These questions are all ones we are asked regularly (and yes, we did create this resource ourselves)



10. ‘TOGAF Distilled’ from Orbus Software


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



About the Author:       
Sarah writes for Firebrand Training on a number of IT related topics. This includes exams, training, certification trends, project management, certification, careers advice and the industry itself. Sarah has 11 years of experience in the IT industry. 

Friday, 17 January 2014

Frequently Asked Questions about TOGAF


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What is TOGAF?

TOGAF is a proven enterprise architecture methodology and framework used by the world's leading organisations to improve business efficiency. It’s the most prominent and reliable enterprise architecture standard, ensuring consistent standards, methods, and communication among enterprise architecture professionals.

What is an architecture?

By definition, an architecture is “the fundamental organisation of a system, embodied in its components, their relationships to each other and the environment, and the principles governing its design and evolution”. However, TOGAF does not strictly adhere to this definition. Depending upon its contextual usage architecture has two meanings in TOGAF:
  • A formal description of a system, or a detailed plan of the system at component level to guide its implementation.

  • The structure of components, their interrelationships, and the principles and guidelines governing their design and evolution over time.

Why do I need an IT architecture?

The primary reason for developing an architecture is that it provides the technical foundation for an effective IT strategy, which is the core of any successful modern business strategy.

Today’s executives know that the effective management and exploitation of information through IT is the key to business success, and the indispensable means to achieving competitive advantage. An IT architecture addresses this need, by providing a strategic context for the evolution of the IT system in response to the constantly changing needs of the business environment.

Furthermore, a good IT architecture enables you to achieve the right balance between IT efficiency and business innovation. It allows individual business units to innovate safely in their pursuit of competitive advantage. At the same time, it assures the needs of the organisation for an integrated IT strategy, permitting the closest possible synergy across the extended enterprise.

Why do I need a “Framework” for IT architecture?

Using an architectural framework will speed up and simplify architecture development, ensure more complete coverage of the designed solution, and make certain that the architecture selected allows for future growth in response to the needs of the business.

TOGAF plays an important role in helping to ease the architecture development process, enabling IT users to build genuinely open systems-based solutions to their business needs.

Who would benefit from using TOGAF?

Any organisation undertaking, or planning to undertake, the implementation of an enterprise-wide technical infrastructure for the support of mission-critical business applications, using open systems building blocks.
Customers who design and implement corporate architectures using TOGAF are ensured of a design and a procurement specification that will greatly facilitate open systems implementation, and will enable the benefits of open systems to accrue to their organisations with reduced risk.

What will my TOGAF credentials give me?

Enterprise architecture professionals fluent in TOGAF standards enjoy greater industry credibility, job effectiveness, and career opportunities. TOGAF helps practitioners avoid being locked into proprietary methods, utilise resources more efficiently and effectively, and realise a greater return on investment.

If you haven’t found the answer to your question, visit TheOpen Group’s FAQ site

About the Author:       
Sarah writes for Firebrand Training on a number of IT related topics. This includes exams, training, certification trends, project management, certification, careers advice and the industry itself. Sarah has 11 years of experience in the IT industry. 

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

What is TOGAF?

TOGAF LogoTOGAF stands for The Open Group Architecture Framework. It is a methodology and a set of supporting tools specifically for fields in enterprise architecture. 

What kind of architecture is TOGAF designed to support?
TOGAF splits Enterprise Architecture into four main areas. You'll learn about all of these on the course:
Business Architecture – processes, design and optimisation
Applications Architecture – creating strategic architectures
Infrastructure Architecture – networks, hardware, security, server locations, operating systems and capacity
Data Architecture – placement, requirements, maintenance and reporting

If you're an architect who is looking for an introduction and / or to achieve Level 2 certification - this is the course for you. The current and latest version is TOGAF 9 which is part of the the leading Open Enterprise Architecture standard.



How do I get a TOGAF certification?
To gain a TOGAF certification, you will need to complete two exams following your TOGAF training course:
  • Level 1: TOGAF 9 Foundation
  • Level 2: TOGAF 9 Certified

What are TOGAF employment possibilities?
These days there is a high level of interest in Enterprise Architecture making TOGAF one of the most desirable architecture based certifications. You could work directly for organisations such as banks, manufacturers, retailers, government agencies, etc... or you could work in an Enterprise Architecture consultancy. Most large corporations now have their own architecture consultancies including HP, IBM, Cap Gemini, and many more... all currently recruiting.

Acording to itjobswatch.co.uk, the average salary for a certified TOGAF professional in London is £75,000 and can go as high as £90,000 in certain areas in the UK.

Earn your TOGAF certification in just three days with Firebrand training - click here to find out more: http://www.firebrandtraining.co.uk/courses/the-open-group/togaf-certification