5 Reasons to Get a TOGAF Certification

5 Reasons to Get a TOGAF Certification
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Priyadharshini

Last updated August 18, 2017


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Using The Open Group Architecture Framework, or TOGAF, helps in identifying cost expenditures in an IT department, by determining how the IT budget is spent, and how better can it be put to use within or outside the department. TOGAF guarantees a better Return On Investment, as it helps organizations gain a better understanding of their IT infrastructure while also helping employees understand where collaboration exists among teams. With enhanced exposure to understanding the IT infrastructure, organizations can streamline and improve usage, greatly reduce redundancies, and increase effectiveness.

 

Why use TOGAF?

TOGAF takes a high-level approach to the framework that an enterprise uses to plan, design, implement, and manage its Enterprise Architecture. Enterprise architecture is broken down into four distinct domains (data, technology, application, and business) and heavily relies on existing, standardized products and technologies.

Organizations implementing, or planning to implement enterprise-wide technical infrastructure to support mission-critical business applications using open systems building blogs benefit from using TOGAF. Those who design and implement architectures using TOGAF principles enjoy design and procurement specifications that help facilitate open systems implementation while reducing risk.

What do TOGAF certified professionals do?

As a TOGAF certified professional, you’ll act as a “simplifier” who can demystify complex technical processes. Developers and technical leads get their TOGAF certification to help ensure their career path to architect and senior architect positions.

Enterprise Architects, or EAs, develop the organization’s long-term IT strategy—one that supports the overall business strategy. They create the technology and applications roadmap to direct and steer the organization—based on TOGAF standards for technology infrastructure. EAs are responsible for ensuring that all aspects of the technological flow are defined, and that IT and IT-enabled processes run smoothly from start to finish.

EAs generally work on transformational programs across various portfolios, managing a number of different meetings and projects, which may include:

  • Architecture Strategy: all the aspects of IT architecture strategy, including determining the current state, transition, and desired path for the strategy.
  • Architecture Review Boards: a periodic meeting of stakeholders who discuss and approve changes to the current architecture.
  • Portfolio Management: as it pertains to the health and status of the IT infrastructure.
  • Governance Committees: stakeholder committee that makes decisions on standards, policies, and protocols, particularly about security and requirements.
  • Technology Lifecycles: determines how changes and versioning will be implemented for the variety of technologies used by the organization.

In short, TOGAF certified professionals ensure there is alignment between an organization’s ideals and goals and aspects of information technology. Often considered strategic management roles, TOGAF certified professionals are sought out primarily by the largest organizations. Additionally, those who are interested in working on IoT projects can also benefit from TOGAF training and certification.

Why get TOGAF certified?

We’ve put together a list of five reasons you should get a TOGAF certification:

  • High demand for enterprise architects. As IT technology and architecture becomes even more tightly integrated into an organization’s success, savvy companies are using TOGAF to plan how their business’s enterprise architecture is managed on both a short- and long-term basis.
  • Understand a common language. TOGAF certified professionals share common knowledge and expertise that can help these individuals better identify business needs.
  • Staged approach. The TOGAF Certification exam has two levels—Foundation and Certified. This approach allows professionals to learn the basics and build on that knowledge as they become experts.
  • TOGAF is a budget-friendly certification. TOGAF certification cost can be as low as $320. That’s just for the foundation exam alone; you can also sign up to take both exams for $495. Even if you add in the costs of training courses, TOGAF certification value is a clear investment for your future.
  • Boost your salary and your career. PayScale indicates that average salaries for TOGAF certified professionals starts at more than $80,000.

TOGAF Training

Simplilearn offers TOGAF 9.1 training that gives you 90 days of access to instructor-led online classes as well as 180 days of access to high-quality, self-paced learning content designed by industry experts.

Visit the Simplilearn website to learn more today.

Download our eBook Roadmap to the TOGAF Certification here.

About the Author

Priyadharshini is a knowledge analyst at Simplilearn, specializing in Project Management, IT, Six Sigma, and e-Learning. With a penchant for writing and a passion for professional education & development, she is adept at penning educative articles. She was previously associated with Oxford University Press and Pearson Education, India.


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