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When it comes to surviving and thriving in the modern business world, staying on the cutting edge is a must. In order to do this, however, a company must remain agile and prepared to handle changing trends.

Companies are placing a greater emphasis on strategic reorganisations. The time is ripe for them to ensure they have the right tools at their disposal for managing new architectures with IT project management training like TOGAF 9 courses.

An emphasis on reorganisation

A shift away from traditional top-down management structures is taking greater priority for a number of businesses. In Deloitte's Global Human Capital Trends 2016, 92 per cent of survey respondents said organisational redesign was an important or very important priority, while 80 per cent are planning on reorganising, or have already done so.

IT project management training can help prepare for the rise in reorganisations.IT project management training can help prepare for the rise in reorganisations.

With these redesigns, organisations are shifting towards lateral team-based project management structures. As more companies look to make these or other changes, it is important that they are prepared for the challenges of such a radical design shake-up.

The Architecture Development Method (ADM) that forms the centrepiece of TOGAF 9 methodology can ensure that companies have a proper framework in place for instituting a new company architecture.

Why choose TOGAF 9?

As a framework for enterprise architecture (EA), TOGAF 9 is a useful tool for implementing organisational change in the workplace. This standard is used by industry leaders worldwide to ensure efficiency when it comes to EA.

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The skills learned through TOGAF 9 training are highly valuable for companies and individuals alike. According to the Foote Research Group's IT Skills Demand and Pay Trends Report for the second quarter of 2015, TOGAF 9 topped the charts of non-certified IT skills for highest paying premiums and tied for third-highest among certified IT skills.

To date, over 54,000 individuals have attained a TOGAF 9 certification. 

For companies looking into pursuing a new organisational method, TOGAF 9 can help ensure the success of a change initiative. In a Robert Half Management Resources survey, 46 per cent of senior managers said that new projects focused on implementing a significant change were most likely to fail in the implementation stage.

Change management requires a useful toolkit to mitigate against chances of failure. The process for development and implementation laid out in TOGAF 9's ADM can be particularly helpful in these projects.

The phases of TOGAF 9's ADM

Focusing on managing requirements is essential at each project phase.

TOGAF 9's ADM phases can be pictured as a wheel – enterprise architecture is cyclical in nature and enables businesses to constantly adapt to changing needs and circumstances.

Outside of the circle is the preliminary phase. Here, architects focus on preparing for the project kickoff as well as defining goals and requirements.

Once the ADM begins, it is important to focus on managing the project requirements at each phase. Requirement Management is the hub in the wheel of ADM. The phases, spokes in the wheel, include:

  • Architecture Vision – determining stakeholders, scope and vision, and getting approval to move forward.
  • Business Architecture – figuring out how to operate in order to deliver on business goals.
  • Information System Architectures – mapping out how to gather data in supporting the project.
  • Technology Architecture – developing a technology plan to prop up other phases.
  • Opportunities and Solutions – identifying and planning for any gaps on the road to completion.
  • Migration Planning – determine the best way to move forward into the new architecture.
  • Implementation Governance – making sure that the established plan is followed.
  • Architecture Change Management – creating a procedure for implementing the new architecture.

These phases work together to ensure that issues that could arise in this change implementation are addressed before they become problems.

For more information about TOGAF 9 or other IT governance training opportunities, contact ALC today.

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