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The Open Group Architecture Framework (TOGAF)

The Open Group Architecture Framework (TOGAF) is one of the most widely accepted methods for developing enterprise architecture. TOGAF is an open framework, providing a practical, definitive and proven step-by-step method for developing and maintaining enterprise architecture.You can use the TOGAF facilities in Enterprise Architect to model an enterprise of any size, and you can create or import any number of Artifacts including Catalogues, Matrices and diagrams, which can all be conveniently stored in the repository that will serve as the Architecture Repository. All Artifacts are stored in compliance with the TOGAF metamodel; additionally Reference Libraries, Standards and governance logs can all be modeled in the tool.

TOGAF Architecture Development Cycle diagram in Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect.

The Open Group's TOGAF Architecture Development Method

Enterprise Architecture is an important discipline, as organizations need to understand the fundamental aspects of their business in order to keep pace with the global market and technology changes in a continually evolving world. Enterprise Architect has built-in support for all the important enterprise architecture frameworks and enterprise modeling languages, allowing you to model an enterprise from the business goals and drivers through to Cloud-based infrastructure services. In this topic you will learn how to model an Enterprise using TOGAF, including working with the ADM and metamodel attributes.


The topics described here provide an introduction to, and procedural explanation of, using TOGAF in Enterprise Architect.




This section provides an introduction to TOGAF, and contains the formal documentation defining its use with Enterprise Architect.


Get started with TOGAF, learning about the model structure, templates, diagram types and more.


The key to TOGAF remains a reliable, practical method - the TOGAF Architecture Development Method (ADM) - for defining business needs and developing an architecture that meets those needs, applying the elements of TOGAF and other architectural assets available to the organization.

The TOGAF Enterprise Continuum

The TOGAF Enterprise Continuum is a 'virtual repository' of all the architecture assets - models, Patterns, architecture descriptions and other artifacts - that exist both within the enterprise and in the IT industry at large, and that the enterprise considers itself to have available for the development of architectures for the enterprise.

Federal Enterprise Architecture Framework

TOGAF provides diagrams and Toolbox pages specific to the Federal Enterprise Architecture Framework (FEAF). It also provides 'out-of-the-box' models of the FEAF Performance Reference model and Technical Reference model.

TOGAF Catalogs

Enterprise Architect helps you to create Model Catalog Artifacts, using the TOGAF-Catalog model Pattern, for:

  • Actors
  • Business Services
  • Organization Units
  • Principles
  • Requirements and
  • Roles