I have been an independent IT Architect for sometime. I always kept asking myself why I need the certification as I am doing similar job. What is the incentive for me to put extra effort to study and spend extra money?
Let’s see what open group says why it’s important:
‘’IT Architecture is acquiring increasing recognition as a necessary discipline for ensuring that the design and implementation of enterprise-wide IT properly addresses and supports the needs of the business. TOGAF is an open, industry standard framework and method for IT Architecture, developed and continuously evolved since the mid-90's by representatives of some of the world's leading IT customer and vendor organizations.
The introduction of a certification program for TOGAF enables large organizations (both private and public sector) to standardize on this open method for IT Architecture, and so avoid lock-in to the proprietary methods of major consultancies.
It is an important step in making IT Architecture a well-recognized discipline, and in introducing rigor into the procurement of tools and services for IT Architecture.
The value to licensees is the ability to use the term "TOGAF" together with The Open Group Certification Mark in association with products and/or services that support the TOGAF framework and it’s Architecture Development Method. Individuals are also entitled to membership of the Association of Enterprise Architects (AEA) at no additional cost.’’
Does that convince me? Does that make me jump out of my seat and spend around £1500 pound for training and certification.
Few questions to ask yourself which will help to decide the take the plunge:
1 – Is my company following TOGAF framework or planning to in near future?
2 – Am I a budding Enterprise architect who wants to be move next step in the carrier ladder?
3 – Have I always worked in vendor specific and need the knowledge of vendor neutral framework?
4 – Am I part of the senior management team who needs to understand TOGAF to drive the initiative in my company?
5 – I am an IT contractor who wants to build industry recognised qualification to help serve my Enterprise customer better?
6 – Do I need a classroom based expensive training or online training?
7 – Is my company sponsoring for the training and certification cost?
8 – Is my company a consulting one and getting certified would open more opportunities for me?
9 – Is other architecture framework like Zachman is more relevant to my area of work?
10 – The jobs I am looking to apply for looking for TOGAF certified applicants.
Lots of the questions above been yes for me. I have taken the plunge and gone for the online training for the certification. I will let you know in my future blog how did it go and how to prepare for the certification exam.