Enterprise Architects urges adoption of TOGAF as minimum certification for enterprise architects

Enterprise Architects, a global provider of enterprise architecture consulting, recruitment and training, is urging the adoption of TOGAF as the minimum certification for enterprise architects.

The Open Group Architecture Framework (TOGAF) is widely accepted as the dominant enterprise architecture certification.  The Open Group has released figures on TOGAF certification held in each country and Australia is placed behind South Africa, Canada, Netherlands, India, the UK and the USA.

Mac Lemon, managing director for Asia Pacific, Enterprise Architects, said, “Nearly 90 per cent of Australian candidates we interview do not hold formal certification in enterprise architecture.

“The reality is that in many cases, candidates with formal architecture training and certification demonstrate a better understanding of architecture practice.

“International organisations regularly insist on TOGAF trained hires, or mandating their entire enterprise architecture department be trained and certified. The same demands are likely to be placed on Australian organisations in the future,” he said.

“Considering enterprise architects are among the most highly paid employees in an organisation it makes sense that they should have certification to prove they understand the fundamentals of planning an enterprise transformation programme and can share that knowledge with the team. Australian organisations risk exposure to poorly planned architecture that is less robust and less secure if their enterprise architects remain uncertified.

“Other specialised segments such as Service Management with ITIL and Project Management with PMBOK or Prince2 demand that applicants have relevant accreditation yet the industry has been slow to demand accreditation for enterprise and solution architects.  It’s up to specialist firms, like Enterprise Architects, to drive structural changes in the industry.

“In time the industry will regard TOGAF certification as a mandatory prerequisite for architects in the same way as it demands ITIL and PMBOK/Prince2,” Lemon said.

According to Lemon, Enterprise Architects is committed to improving the standard of architecture practices and responding as architecture certification becomes an employer expectation.

From April 2011, every architect placed through Enterprise Architects’ recruitment division will be either TOGAF certified or supplied with a complimentary entitlement to TOGAF 9 training and certification.

TOGAF 9 training and certification is a major investment undertaken by many of Enterprise Architects’ clients including Australia Post, CBA, DHS and DoD.

What is TOGAF?
TOGAF, The Open Group Architecture Framework, describes the standard practices, methods and processes for delivery and management of enterprise and solution architecture.

TOGAF 9 provides an overarching structure which has its focus on driving out synergy across an organisation. Within this structure, TOGAF synthesises the complex domains of business and technology to drive out more focused and leveraged change within an organisation.

TOGAF 9 is the dominant industry standard framework for enterprise and solution architecture with more than five thousand certified practitioners worldwide and more than 80 per cent of Global Fortune Top 50 companies globally adopting the TOGAF standard to develop enterprise architectures.