Achieving the TOGAF® certification is a significant milestone for over 70,000 Enterprise Architects around the world. And rightly so: the TOGAF standard, an Open Group standard, is one of the most widely-adopted Enterprise Architecture certifications. But for the best, learning never stops.

Recently, Enterprise Architecture (EA) has shot up the skills shortage list in 2017’s HarveyNash & KMPG survey as the fastest growing of skills that are “most scarce”. For TOGAF certified professionals to make the most of these in-demand skills, knowledge must be kept up-to-date.

Becoming a TOGAF certified professional marks years of experience and requires months of studying to pass the two challenging TOGAF exams. You may even have invested in TOGAF training to boost your knowledge. So, why slow down your momentum after getting your TOGAF certification?

Getting certified may be a focal point on your journey as an Enterprise Architect, but it doesn’t have to be your final destination. This is what you should do to keep your skills sharp.

Learn from the best

A mentor or coach can pay dividends and learning from a senior Enterprise Architect is an excellent way to leverage their expertise, learn from their success (or failures) and receive guidance to improve your knowledge.

Consider seeking a mentor inside your organisation. If you don’t have access to one, there are a number of industry experts you could be learning from. Consider following or reaching out to these EA experts for advice and guidance:

Social media is a great platform to engage the industry’s experts, but for in-depth insight, blogs are invaluable. The Open Group offers their library and this blog with a range of content from experts, events and announcements.

For in-depth content, take a look at The Enterprise Architects blog, featuring great articles from a wide range of contributing experts.

Read EA case studies

Reading case studies is an excellent way of continuing to build and expand your Enterprise Architecture knowledge after TOGAF certification.

The Open Group features many comprehensive TOGAF case studies on their website. It may not be light reading, but the stories here are valuable. Study how the Architecture Development Methodology was applied to the Ministry of Defence (MOD) or how the TOGAF framework was applied to the gigantic, Hong Kong based Dairy Farm Group.

Plus, Enterprise Architects in the education sector may find themselves in luck with this list of EA project case studies undertaken across UK universities.

Attend industry events

Enterprise Architecture events run regularly across the world – from massive conventions and summits to local meetings. Continue to build your TOGAF knowledge by learning from the industry’s best and brightest as you sit in on talks and network with like-minded professionals.

The Open Group hosts regular events across the world and upcoming dates are listed on their events page. There’s also the massive Gartner Enterprise Architecture & Technology Innovation Summit which takes place annually in London.

If you can’t make it in person, The Open Group runs vendor-neutral webinars for members. Register for upcoming webinars now, or visit the Publications page for an archive of past events. There’s also a regularly-updated YouTube channel from The Open Group including talks from dozens of industry experts.

Don’t stand still

The industry is constantly in flux and, if you’re not learning, you could be falling behind. TOGAF certification is an important step in your career, but it’s crucial to stay active and keep moving beyond your certification.

 Alex Bennett has worked at the forefront of Enterprise Architecture training for four years in his role at Firebrand Training, an accredited provider of TOGAF® certification.





Source by : The Open Group

Author : By Alex Bennett, Firebrand Training

You might also be interested in …

Related Posts

The CIO’s Approach to Business Strategy
Article, Other
The CIO’s Approach to Business Strategy

CIOs must position information and technology at the heart of the overall business strategy.The CIO of a large renewable energy producer does not create an “IT strategy.” Instead, he contributes to the overall business strategy of the organization. But getting to this point was a considerable journey.

Digital EA Framework & EA Notational Language In A Nutshell
Past Events
Digital EA Framework & EA Notational Language In A Nutshell

If you are using the TOGAF® standard in developing Enterprise Architectures, you could consider using the ArchiMate® language, is a modeling language that is designed from the ground up to support modeling Enterprise Architectures that are well aligned with your organization’s strategy. This workshop will provide opportunity to expose participant with pratical knowledge on applying ArchiMate to model EA framework.

Why So Many High-Profile Digital Transformations Fail
Why So Many High-Profile Digital Transformations Fail

In 2011, GE embarked upon an ambitious attempt to digitally transform its product and service offerings.The company created impressive digital capabilities, labeling itself a “digital industrial” company, embedding sensors into many products, building a huge new software platform for the Internet of Things, and transforming business models for its industrial offerings

Enterprise Architecture Consultant – Indonesia
Enterprise Architecture Consultant – Indonesia

Businesses and public organization are increasingly digitalized. Transformation requires big picture view of the organization’s strategy, processes, information and technology assets. Enterprise architect consultant work aims to business and IT alignment with rational, agile and cost effective structures.

Location: Jakarta, Indoneisa

Related Certification

ATD Solutions

Architecting Digital Transformation

Read More


Keep updated with our latest news, promotions, events and more.