Friday, January 18, 2008


One or two people have asked about the relationship of SOA process to TOGAF ("The Open Group Architecture Framework"). This is an enterprise architecture framework,

I actually wrote an article back in December 2003, outlining some of the challenges faced by TOGAF 8 in embracing SOA.

TOGAF insiders told me then that TOGAF 9 would provide some support for SOA. Four years later and we are still waiting for TOGAF 9. (The current version of TOGAF is 8.1.1.)

However, there are signs that we won't have to wait too much longer. In July 2007, the Open Group published a white paper, outlining plans to embrace SOA within TOGAF. The white paper acknowledges CBDI as a source for these SOA plans, and we hope that the next version of TOGAF will contain a lot of CBDI thinking.

And of course we shall want to repay the compliment. Much of the SOA Process is based on widely used industry approaches, including TOGAF and Zachmann. When the Open Group publishes its guidance on SOA, we shall certainly want to further align the SOA Process with this.

In the meantime, we welcome further discussion about the process implications of SOA and EA in relation to TOGAF or any other EA framework.


Service Oriented Architecture Frameworks (CBDI Journal, December 2003)
Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) (The Open Group SOA Working Group, July 2007)
The Open Group Architecture Framework (TOGAF) (Wikipedia)


Collin Smith said...

I am in the final stages of finishing my Master's Thesis and I look at using EA Frameworks towards SOA implementations.

Shaguf said...

Dr. Chris Harding is Forum Director for SOA and Semantic Interoperability at The Open Group. He has been with The Open Group for ten years and is currently responsible for managing and supporting its work on semantic interoperability and SOA. Before joining The Open Group, he was a consultant, and a designer and development manager of communications software. Chris is a certified TOGAF practitioner.Chris will conduct a workshop on 'Using TOGAF for SOA' at the SOA Conference at Business Technology Summit 2008, held in Bangalore from 22-24 September. This workshop will explore in depth how to develop a Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) using The Open Group Architecture Framework (TOGAF). SOA is the architecture style of choice for enterprises looking for agility in their IT systems. But it is not a "one size fits all" approach. It can be applied in different ways to meet the needs of different enterprises. To do this successfully, an architect must have knowledge, skill, and good judgement. TOGAF is an industry standard architecture framework that has been developed and continuously evolved since the mid-90’s by representatives of some of the world’s leading IT customer and vendor organizations, working in The Open Group's Architecture Forum. No framework can take the place of skill and judgement, but TOGAF gives an architect knowledge that has been accumulated by others working in many different architectural styles. Over the last two years, members of The Open Group have been working on how to apply TOGAF to SOA. Workshop participants will gain an understanding of SOA features and building blocks, of the TOGAF architecture development method, and of how to use TOGAF to create SOAs for their enterprises.

Shaguf said...

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* Peter Coffee will show you how to Code In the Cloud as well as lead a deep dive workshop on Enterprise Readiness for the Cloud
* Dr. Matjaz Juric, CEO of the SOA Competency Center, will conduct a hands-on workshop on BPMN to BPEL Modeling Business Processes for SOA and three focused sessions on SOA Architectural Patterns, SOA and BPM, and Designing Reusable Service Interfaces
* Dr. Robert Marcus, Author of the Global Grid, will present the State of the Union - SOA Standards and lead a deep dive workshop on Future Distributed Computing Architectures and the Role of SOA
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