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Adrian Grigoriu

TOGAF® Framework and ArchiMate® Harmonization

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Commenting upon "TOGAF® Framework and ArchiMate® Modeling Language Harmonization, two whitepapers".

I don't have access to the articles as a member of the public. Perhaps, I have to pay for the privilege.

It finally happens. It took a long time for inside TOGAFers to realise that without a merger there would be little synergy between TOGAF and Archimate and as such they would be seldom used together. In fact, to most they still look like two different EA frameworks.
Most recruiters demand TOGAF no Archimate.

Anyway, practitioners are seldom aware of such "auxiliary" documents and have no way to employ them. They are not taught in training. And TOGAF is large enough for a practitioner to even consider such additional documents.

Besides, the impacts of the harmonization in the application of TOGAF and Archimate are hard to quantify in their practice given the fact that key terms such as "function" have different meanings. 

Harmonization should start  with the two different metamodels indeed because they are directly affected. In fact, there should be only one metamodel. 
Such papers would not be needed then.

And perhaps it should all start with aligning of the two teams working on them so that they have the same understanding and diverge no more.

It would be good also to start though with how to use the two together. At what point does an architecture language fit in TOGAF?

How do the two blend in fact? How should we use them together?
TOGAF should have to refer to Archimate at different phases in the ADM. There should be entry points in Archimate as well. 

Until the two approaches, that used to work independently before adoption, and their documentations are harmonised in one, these papers have mainly internal significance for the development of TOGAF and Archimate.

Still, according to Serge, this is only a first phase. Patience till the next TOGAF. You would most probably have to endure and pay for a re-training and re-certification. 
One would have to pay the due for each TOGAF version as for MS  Windows. 

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Adrian Grigoriu blogs about everything relating to enterprise and business architecture, SOA, frameworks, design, planning, execution, organization and related issues.

Adrian Grigoriu

Adrian is an executive consultant in enterprise architecture, former head of enterprise architecture at Ofcom, the spectrum and broadcasting U.K. regulatory agency and chief architect at TM Forum, an organization providing a reference integrated business architecture framework, best practices and standards for the telecommunications and digital media industries. He also was a high technology, enterprise architecture and strategy senior manager at Accenture and Vodafone, and a principal consultant and lead architect at Qantas, Logica, Lucent Bell Labs and Nokia. He is the author of two books on enterprise architecture development available on Kindle and published articles with BPTrends, the Microsoft Architecture Journal and the EI magazine. Shortlisted by Computer Weekly for the IT Industry blogger of the year 2011.

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