TOGAF

If you are into Enterprise Architectures then one of the hottest skills to be acquired is The Open Group Architecture Framework (TOGAF®), as there is a growing demand for TOGAF® certified architects all over. If you look at it, TOGAF Certification is considered as an achievement as TOGAF certified Enterprise Architects are earning a whopping $124,000 compared to their non-certified peers and is most sought after by Fortune 500 companies. Credible research from ITJobsWatch shows a steep increase in the average maximum salary for TOGAF professionals from 74,105 Euros to 93,817 Euros in the UK market. So, in short, being a certified TOGAF® Enterprise Architect ensures better job prospects and helps you stay ahead of competition.

Now many of you might ask, why an Enterprise Architect with a good number of years behind him take up such a certification? The answer is quite simple! It is really important for members of a profession to have a common foundation of expertise to speak the same technical language. This is also one reason why learning TOGAF® requires you to learn and remember a basic glossary of terms apart from providing an iterative process for developing architectures (the Architecture Development Method – ADM), and a set of integrated frameworks also called a “framework of frameworks”.

So, in short, a TOGAF® certification in your kitty gives you a “visible trust mark”. This also gives an impression to potential employers or clients that they can trust you as a professional with a degree of measurable knowledge.

If you look back, the number of TOGAF® 9 certified individuals as of November 21, 2014 was 37,800. This proves that TOGAF is increasingly being adopted globally with certified individuals from over 100+ different countries.

The below graph shows the figure of certifications taken for the period ending September 30, 2014:

The top 5 countries with TOGAF® certified professionals are UK, USA, Netherlands, India and Australia. Please find below a chart showing the top 10 countries with respect to TOGAF® Certified Professionals;

Now just getting TOGAF certification is not enough, as becoming an enterprise architect is more of a journey than a destination. So to develop your career as an enterprise architect with a TOGAF certification in your kitty, you need to follow the things stated below;

  1. Even though you are a certified TOGAF professional, any employer or client will still look for experience. A reliable enterprise architect is someone with a lot of experience. So get out there and architect!
  2. Read both good and bad EA case studies to figure out what went good or bad with those projects and how different you would have done it?
  3. Find a coach or mentor who can really boost your knowledge, skill and confidence. Don’t look far, you can find someone within your own enterprise with good number of experience and knowledge.
  4. Join architecture communities online, best search on Linkedin. This is necessary for you to get a hint of the latest hot and interesting topics. Sift through several community sites first to get a feeling for the key topics, and then explore the areas that interest you most.

Enterprise Architecture is still emerging as a profession and organizations all over are slowly realizing its importance to their business and therefore it is time to get certified to get ahead in your career. Simplilearn, the leading destination for professional certifications and trainings with its repertoire of 200+ courses have several courses in TOGAF®. Learning is a two way process and Simplilearn believes in partnering with you to smoothen your journey towards getting certified. With 200,000+ professionals trained worldwide in several professional certification courses offered by them, it time for you to invest in you like others. For more information please visit www.simplilearn.com.

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