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140 enterprise architecture practitioners got together at the monthly Enterprise Architecture Forum to celebrate the launch of TOGAF® 9 at Summer Place in Sandton.

Johannesburg and Pretoria attendees flocked to Summer Place for the February Enterprise Architecture Forum, which doubled up as the launch of TOGAF® 9, the next generation of the world's leading framework for designing and delivering enterprise architecture.

During the first week of April, we have welcomed two South African organizations as members of The Open Group: Nedbank and the Meraka Institute. Both have joined the Architecture Forum.

Following on the recent launch of TOGAF® 9, we are pleased to announce the first four certified TOGAF® 9 Practitioners in South Africa. They are Grant Faber, Louw Labuschagne, Paul van der Merwe and Sarina Viljoen. For further information on how to become TOGAF® 9-certified, contact

Introducing Usability and User-centred Design

The March Enterprise Architecture Forum introduces the concept of usability. This is the science of designing goods or software applications in such a way that they easily fulfil the requirements and expectations of users. In this forum we’ll find out why there is so much focus today on usability and the related topics of eye-tracking and user-centred design. We’ll examine the benefits and return on investment related to these issues. UNISA‘s usability laboratory is an example of the emphasis being placed on usability. Our presenter will share examples of usability and eye-tracking studies and results and give us a demonstration of the work taking place in the laboratory. Attendees will also gain an insight into how a focus on usability and user-centred design improves their delivery of the various layers of an enterprise architecture.

The next version of the TOGAF® specification, known as TOGAF® 9, is due to be publicly launched in early 2009. The TOGAF® certification program will be updated to include certification for this new version.

Existing certification programs for TOGAF® 7 and TOGAF® 8 will continue to be available and supported by The Open Group in parallel with TOGAF® 9 (as long as there is market demand), and TOGAF® 8 certification will be a recognized learning path to TOGAF® 9 certification.

80 percent of the Forbes Global Top 50 companies are using it (including HSBC, Hewlett-Packard, IBM and other member companies)... It has been downloaded more than 90,000 times, had over 20,000 books sold and more than 7,000 people have become certified for it.

Real IRM is sponsoring the 22nd EAPC in London launching TOGAF® 9 in Europe. Sarina Viljoen, EMMMv Forum Director, and Helius Guimares from Rio Tinto, presented on Tuesday in the plenary on how TOGAF 9 is used to develop EMMMv reference models.

Paul van der Merwe, Consulting Manager of Real IRM, gave an overview of the Capability Framework of TOGAF® 9, and Selvyn Wright, one of our TOGAF® trainers, provided some insights on meta-models and how the TOGAF® 9 content meta-model can be applied to standardise the architecture language.

San Diego San Diego

Paul van der Merwe, consulting and training manager at Real IRM, is to present on business processes and enterprise architecture at the 21st Enterprise Architecture Practitioners Conference in San Diego, being held from 2 to 4 February.

Run under the auspices of The Open Group, which Real IRM represents in South Africa, the conference is the most important event of its kind on the annual enterprise architects' calendar. It brings together the industry's leading practitioners, clients and vendors, and serves as a rallying point for the industry.

March 2006
Enterprise architecture is maturing and delivering value to organisations around the world. However, as the demand surges, there's a chronic shortage of top-class enterprise architects. These were among the key messages to emerge from the IT Architecture Practitioners Conference being held in Cape Town this week, attended by more than 165 delegates from around the world.