What are the benefits from TOGAF® for different types of stakeholder?

In this series of blogs we’re going to examine the benefits of the TOGAF to an organization. In doing this we need to consider the various stakeholders that have a stake in architectural changes. The value and benefits for each stakeholder will vary – depending on the nature of the changes, the role and concerns of the stakeholder, and their relationship to other stakeholders.

The Business Managers:

Business managers, from an EA perspective, are people responsible for managing business users and others who use components in an enterprise architecture to carry out or perform business functions or operations. Key responsibilities are making decisions, changing business rules, introducing new produce lines, making investments in change.

Direct Benefits from Enterprise Architecture

  • Better overview of the business landscape.
  • Clearer understanding of how the architecture constrains (or enables) the business.
  • Clearer exposition of the costs, benefits, and risks associated with different plans of action.
  • Opportunity to spread costs of changes with other business managers.
  • Opportunity to develop shared / common architectural components.
  • Reduced business complexity.

Direct Benefits from TOGAF®

  • Better strategy and investment planning processes through application of the early Phases of the ADM.
  • Templates for establishing architecture governance and practice.

Indirect Benefits enabled by applying EA or TOGAF®

  • More agile business. Faster changes become possible.
  • More effective business capabilities.
  • Lower management costs.

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Roger has been working as an Enterprise Architect since 1984, and over the years has been in involved in some of the most advanced, innovative and challenging Enterprise Architecture projects. He has extensive experience in applying all of the key EA approaches, including Zachman, TOGAF and Information FrameWork (IFW) and has been involved in establishing and embedding Enterprise Architecture Programmes that delivered strategic business results in organisations all around the world. Roger now works as a trainer, mentor and coach, specialising in developing individual and organisational capability in using Enterprise Architecture techniques and tools.