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Who should take TOGAF certification?

 
Pradeep bhatt
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Who should take TOGAF certification. I am seeing many people asking me whether I am TOGAF certified or not. why is so much importance given for TOGAF. I have taken some free video tutorials from http://open2study.com. I did not understand much so I thought I am not prepared for this. I dont want to waste money unless it is useful
 
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From what I have understood so far, looks like it is more suited for really big enterprises that can pay and maintain positions like an Architect. Honestly speaking, I personally feel that Software architecture should be part of an experienced developer's itenary as both software engineering and architecture both go hand in hand.
 
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Thereotically, TOGAF is aimed at people who participate in the architecture process. This includes, CTO, business "owners", infrastructure architects, application architects. They form the architecture review board. Usually, these people drive the ADM process, which kicks off a whole slew of processes within their respective teams. The ARB doesn't need to expose its process to rest of the company. The people in the ARB are supposed to translate what the ARB needs into terms that rest of the organization can understand. However, it works better if the rest of the company known about how ADM works, so they have a better understanding of how things get planned.

Practically, what happens is organizations that follow TOGAF are usually looking for contractors. They reach out to recruiting companies to find talent. The recruiting companies don't really understand the differrence between TOGAF and AJAX. They just do acronym matching between resumes and what their client wants.

I'd say if TOGAF helps you beef up your résumé, it's worth doing it. Even if you don't use it, there are many things you will get to learn while doing TOGAF. Knowledge is never a waste.

TOGAF can be very confusing to someone who has never participated in architecture/design/planning before. If you are already an architect, everything in TOGAF makes perfect sense to you, and you might have even done parts of it without realizing you are doing TOGAF. TOGAF is really borrowing a lot from industry best practices, and putting everything in very generic terms. If you are a very junior developer, you can probably pass TOGAF by mugging up the study guide. You won't retain anything, and it won't help you in the long run.
 
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Thanks Jayesh and Joe Harry
Thanks to Bear for editing the subject line.
 
Mahavir Singh J
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Hi Jayesh,

I am a developer with SCEA certification and I want to do TOGAF 9. Will It give me any benefit? Can I go for it?

Thanks,
 
Jeanne Boyarsky
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TOGAF is an enterprise architecture framework. If you are interested in that, go for it! You'll certainly learn something. And it will show employers you know the TOGAF language.

Note that TOGAF is not application architecture like the SCEA is. It's higher level than that.
 
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Thank you Jeanne for giving me guidance on that.
 
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