We use cookies and other similar technologies (Cookies) to enhance your experience and to provide you with relevant content and ads. By using our website, you are agreeing to the use of Cookies. You can change your settings at any time. Cookie Policy.

Untitled Document

Let's face it: enterprise architecture is a daunting task. It is daunting because it must ensure a complete and consistent alignment between an organization's strategic objectives, mission, and business goals with its IT investment. To do so it must take into account four overarching organizational perspectives: business, data, applications (functionality), and technology.



A task so monumental can instill fear in the best of us. Granted, enterprise architecture frameworks such as The Open Group Architecture Framework (TOGAF) can help, but unfamiliarity with such frameworks can just as easily add to the fear of an already complex task. In this article, I will show you how much of this fear can be alleviated by mapping TOGAF (the unfamiliar) to a very popular and well-known process framework, the Rational Unified Process or RUP (the familiar).

Why map TOGAF and RUP?

That was the very blunt question my friend asked me within the first few minutes of my trying to tell her about my plans to write this article. My answer to her was twofold.

First, the concept of framework mapping is not new. That is not surprising given that there is no shortage of enterprise architecture frameworks. A few of the better known ones include the Zachman Framework, TOGAF, the Department of Defense Architecture Framework (DODAF), the Federal Enterprise Architecture Framework (FEAF), and Enterprise Architecture Planning (EAP). Each of these enterprise architecture frameworks is supported by an extensive knowledgebase, and several have been mapped to one another. For example, The Open Group has documented a comprehensive mapping between their enterprise architecture framework, TOGAF, and the Zachman Framework.

Framework mappings serve as a valuable aid in selecting an enterprise architecture framework by allowing one to quickly compare and contrast the many available options. Framework mappings are also invaluable in those cases where multiple enterprise architecture frameworks must coexist, by allowing one to comprehend the overlap and touch points between the multiple coexisting frameworks.

Second, as we will soon see, TOGAF and RUP complement each other quite well, which makes their integration natural. Here are three specific benefits that RUP adds to TOGAF:

-1-

1  2  3  4  5  

   Next Page

Explore Our Topics

  • EDITOR'S BRIEFING
  • Virtual Conferences
  • Webinars
  • Roundtables

BPM in Action

March 10, 2011

The sixth annual BPM in Action 2011 Virtual Conference will explore cutting-edge market developments in BPM and describe how to leverage them for improved business operation and performance. More

View All Virtual Conferences

Smart Case Management: Why It's So Smart.

Date:Nov 05, 2009
Time:12:00 PM ET- (17:00 GMT)

REGISTER TODAY!

Date:Oct 29, 2009
Time:15:00 PM ET- (19:00 GMT)

REGISTER TODAY!
View All Roundtables
  • Research Library
  • Podcasts
  • News

Joe McKendrick: Part II of II: Designing Evolve-ability into SOA and IT Systems

In part two of Joe McKendrick's recent podcast with Miko Matsumura, chief strategist for Software AG, they talk about how SOA and IT systems need to change and grow and adapt with the organization around it.

Listen Now

Phil Wainewright: Helping Brands Engage with Social Media

Phil Wainewright interviews David Vap, VP of products at RightNow Technologies, and finds out how sharing best practices can help businesses understand how best to engage with online communities.

Listen Now

Peter Schooff: Making Every IT Dollar Result in a Desired Business Outcome: Scott Hebner of IBM Rati

Scott Hebner, Vice President of Marketing and Strategy for IBM Rational, discusses a topic on the top of every company's mind today: getting the most from IT investments.

Listen Now

Jessica Ann Mola: Where Will BI Fit In? Lyndsay Wise Explains

In BI, this tough economy and the increasing role of Web 2.0 and MDM are certainly topics on people's minds today. WiseAnalytics' Lyndsay Wise addresses each of them in this informative podcast.

Listen Now

Dennis Byron: Talking with...Deepak Singh of BPM Provider Adeptia

Deepak Singh, President and CTO of Adeptia, joins ebizQ's Dennis Byron in a podcast that gets its hand around the trend of industry-specific BPM.

Listen Now
More Podcasts
  • Most Popular
  • Quick Guide
  • Most Discussed

Quick Guide: What is BPM?

Learn More

Quick Guide: What is Event Processing?

Smart event processing can help your company run smarter and faster. This comprehensive guide helps you research the basics of complex event processing (CEP) and learn how to get started on the right foot with your CEP project using EDA, RFID, SOA, SCADA and other relevant technologies. Learn More

Quick Guide: What is Enterprise 2.0?

A lot of people are talking about Enterprise 2.0 as being the business application of Web 2.0 technology. However, there's still some debate on exactly what this technology entails, how it applies to today's business models, and which components bring true value. Some use the term Enterprise 2.0 exclusively to describe the use of social networking technologies in the enterprise, while others use it to describe a web economy platform, or the technological framework behind such a platform. Still others say that Enterprise 2.0 is all of these things. Learn More