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As of May 2020, the number of TOGAF 9 certifications is growing rapidly and is about to surpass 100 000 (the number is currently 98 900). This number includes certified individuals from 149 countries.

The TOGAF Standard, a standard of The Open Group, is a proven Enterprise Architecture (EA) methodology and framework, used by the world’s leading organizations to improve business efficiency. Representing a Body of Knowledge from world-leading practitioners, the latest TOGAF Standard, Version 9.2 is universally known as industry best practice.

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The Open Group, through The Open Group Open Process Automation Forum (OPAF), recently published the O-PAS Standard, Version 2.0.

The Standard provides a vendor-neutral Reference Architecture which enables the construction of scalable, reliable, interoperable, and secure process automation systems.

November 2019 saw The Open Group release its latest version of the ArchiMate ® modeling language for Enterprise Architecture.

Version 3.1 is an update from Version 3.0 which was released in 2016. The update may be minor, but the new version holds a number of useful additions and improvements for Enterprise Architecture practitioners.

The three most notable improvements are:
- The addition of a value stream element
- The introduction of a directed notation for association
- Further formalization and refinement of the rules for deriving relationships

The month of October saw The Open Group South Africa host its “mostly-monthly” EA Forum at FirstRand’s, Merchant Place in Sandton., and again in Cape Town, the following afternoon, at the Hyde Hotel.

The Johannesburg event turned out to be a fully-booked affair with 60-odd people filling up the auditorium, all in anticipation of the speaker Josef Langerman.

2019 has seen the launch of The Open Group’s TOGAF Business Architecture Level 1 qualification. Real IRM prides itself as being the only service provider to offer this accredited course and credential in South Africa.

The credential is aimed at individuals who want to validate their knowledge and understanding of Business Modelling, Business Capabilities, TOGAF Business Scenarios, Information Mapping, and Value Streams by applying them in the development of a Business Architecture based on the TOGAF ® Standard Version, 9.2.

The Open Group has introduced an Open Certified Data Scientist (Open CDS) certification programme for data scientists. Open CDS is an independent global certification for qualifying the skills, knowledge, and experience of Data Scientists.

The certification not only provides an opportunity for data scientists to increase their skills and demonstrate their professional expertise but also provides an opportunity for organisations to enhance their own learning and development programmes with a clearer understanding of the role played by their data scientists.

 

The TOGAF Standard updated with further emphasis on Business Architecture, and restructured to support the TOGAF Library

The Open Group, the vendor-neutral IT consortium, has launched the Open Business Architecture (O-BA) Preliminary Standard Part I, an Open Group standard, at The Open Group Austin Event on July 18th.

This is the first release of a three part standard designed to improve alignment, governance and integration between the different aspects of business transformation projects.

The Open Group ArchiMate® Forum will make available the latest version of the ArchiMate Specification®, version 3.0, with a series of announcements and events to take place throughout the months of June and July.

The latest evolution has the following new features:

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