TOGAF4G – The Open Group Architecture Framework for Government

The Open Group Architecture Framework for Government

Adapted from Wikipedia (the free encyclopaedia) article. This act of adaptation is a deliberate attempt in order to show how well positioned TOGAF is for Architecting the Government. A Governance System founded on technology.

TOGAF4G is my acronym for TOGAF for Government

TOGAF4G is (to be) a framework for planning the Government Architecture that will provide an approach for designing, planning, implementing, and governing a country and its information architecture. TOGAF4G is an high-level approach to design. It is typically modelled at four levels: Government, Application, Data, and Technology. It relies heavily on modularization, standardisation, and already existing, proven government technologies and products.

Foundation of TOGAF4G, the TOGAF has been developed starting 1995 by The Open Group, based on DoD‘s TAFIM. As of 2016, The Open Group reports that TOGAF is employed by 80% of Global 50 companies and 60% of Fortune 500 companies.

TOGAF4G “Architecture Framework”

An architecture framework (AF) is a set of tools which can be used for developing a broad range of different architectures. AF is designed to be a set of methods to:

  • Create a plan of an information system as a set of building blocks
  • Fit together these building blocks
  • Manage stakeholders and their requirements
  • Define and provide a common vocabulary for architectural teams
  • Research and include a list of standards
  • Research and include a list of compliance requirements and solutions

TOGAF differs from various other AF’s by having a wider focus that covers business strategy, business operations, and business information,  not just the technology considerations. Likewise, TOGAF4G will be having a wide focus the will cover:

  • Government Strategy
  • Government Operations
  • Government Information

The ANSI/IEEE Standard 1471-2000 specification of architecture: “the fundamental organisation of a system, embodied in its components, their relationships to each other and the environment, and the principles governing its design and evolution.”

TOGAF slightly different view: “formal description of a system, or a detailed plan of the system at component level to guide its implementation”

A government can be defined as country governance implementation instrument.  Thus, a TOGAF4G definition would be: Formal description of a state as the detailed plan of the (country) governance at its governance parts level, to guide the government.

The Architecture Development Method (ADM) is a core of TOGAF which describes a method for developing and managing the lifecycle of enterprise architecture. Thus in the TOGAF4G scenarioorganisationsADM4G will describe a method for developing and managing the lifecycle of a project for developing a country governance architecture. To be implemented by its government.

TOGAF4G pillars

TOGAF4G Architecture Domains

TOGAF is based on four highly related specialisations called architecture domains. From these we evolve the TOGAF4G four pillars:

  • Country Governance Architecture
    • The strategy, governance, organisation, and key processes of the country governance
  • Government Architecture
    • A detailed plan for the government systems to be deployed, the interactions between these systems, and their relationships to the core governance processes with the frameworks for services to be exposed as government functions
  • Data Architecture
    • The structure of a country’s governance logical and physical data assets and the associated data management resources.
  • Technical architecture
    • Technology for governance, which describes the hardware, software, and network infrastructure needed to support the deployment of core, mission-critical applications

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