Architecture Frameworks: TOGAF, ArchiMate, Zachman & DoDAF

Includes quotes from the TOGAFTM and ArchiMate TM standards at  including The TOGAF® standard text.

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Process & techniques

Content & products

Structures & patterns


ADM process in 1 graphic *

ADM essence in 1 page *

ADM process details

ADM guidelines & techniques

Building blocks, interfaces and services

TOGAF-ArchiMate alignment

TOGAF meta model with attributes (proposal)

TOGAF diagrams using ArchiMate

TOGAF structures in 1 table *

The Enterprise Continuum

The two Reference Models

ArchiMate 3.0

Introduction to ArchiMate

ArchiMate in practice

Issues arising

Element box symbols

Relationship line symbols

Components and client-server layering

TOGAF-ArchiMate alignment - brief

TOGAF business architecture w ArchiMate

Sequence diagrams

Lean infrastructure diagrams

Interactions & collaborations Slides  Paper

The need for a more controlled vocabulary


TOGAF and ArchiMate fundamentals

Business architecture terms and concepts

Further discussion

TOGAF’s definition of enterprise architecture

TOGAF-ArchiMate alignment

TOGAF building blocks and value streams

TOGAF and VDML terminologies

TOGAF uses of abstraction 

TOGAF metaphysics

Business and data architecture

Business functions in TOGAF & ArchiMate

Business functions as capabilities

Business functions and processes

TOGAF’s business architecture approach

Making sense of TOGAF

Show me a TOGAF example

Why Architects need more

Capabilities as formalised social systems

The confusing entanglement of architecture dimensions

More discussion

More about TOGAF and ArchiMate concepts

More about TOGAF

Deeper research

TOGAF-ArchiMate alignment


SOA in TOGAF and ArchiMate

Terminology issues

Lewis Carroll on TOGAF

TOGAF reference charts

TOGAF patterns for specification

TOGAF patterns for ADM

TOGAF rationale

1: Encapsulate behind interfaces
2: Behaviours are time bound
3: Structures are space bound
4: Data conveys meaning
5: Models are abstractions
6: Things are typified




DoDAF distilled

Zachman Framework

What is an architecture framework?

General system theory

DoDAF as system design

DoDAF terms & concepts

DoDAF viewpoints & models

DoDAF remarks

On the Zachman Framework

On the thinking behind the ZF


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