The Open Group Architecture Framework for Government

TOGAF4G is the acronym I invented for quick recognition and better marketing of the idea  of using TOGAF for governing systems, residing in the continuum above IT projects. Space planing of the towns, regions or country level. Not just space planing, even the actual “pure” governance projects.

Dusan B. Jovanovic (DBJ) Master Arch. TOGAF


Part of this text is adapted from Wikipedia (the free encyclopedia) good article. This act of adaptation is a deliberate attempt in order to show how well-positioned TOGAF is for Architecting the Government. TOGAF, is a Governance System founded on technology. Thus I have not had to “massage” this methodology to prove it’s new application. It is already there.

TOGAF4G is (I do claim: to be) a framework for planning the Government Architecture that will provide an approach for designing, planning, implementing, and governing a country and its myriad of large systems, of which only one is information architecture.

The view from above

TOGAF4G is one high-level approach. It is a method,  conceptually divided into four levels: Governance, Application, Data, and Technology. It relies heavily on modularization, standardization, and already existing, proven 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.

To lead the large multinational and successfully govern is equally complex as governing any macro-level project.  TOGAF has been proven many times over as a fit for that purpose. Thus the idea is simple: repurpose the TOGAF and make it applicable to be a method of choice when dealing with a macro-level projects, on the region, town or country level.

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 to 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 adopts 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/region/town) 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 scenario organisations ADM4G 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.

Onto the next page for the Pillars of this method  …