TOGAF: The Enterprise Continuum

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The Enterprise Continuum

The Enterprise Continuum provides an overall context for architectures and solutions and classifies assets that apply across the entire scope of the enterprise.

The Enterprise Continuum is a combination of 2 concepts:

  • TOGAF: Architecture Continuum
    • The Architecture Continuum provides a classification mechanism for assets that collectively define the architecture at different levels of evolution from generic to specific.
  • TOGAF: Solutions Continuum
    • The Solutions Continuum provides the classification for assets to describe specific solutions for the organization that can be implemented to achieve the intent of the architecture.


The Architecture Continuum

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The Architecture Continuum is composed of architectures, Architecture Building Blocks (ABBs) and architectural models customised for the specific enterprise.

The Architecture Continuum are developed through 4 architectures, each addressing enterprise needs and business requirements in varying degrees of detail. The 4 architectures are:

  1. Foundation Architectures
  2. Common Systems Architectures
  3. Industry Architectures
  4. Organisation-Specific Architectures

ABBs and architectural models are stored in the TOGAF: Architecture Repository within the Reference Library.

The Solutions Continuum

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The Solutions Continuum consists of architectures at each level of the Architecture Continuum. These are typically an inventory or library of solutions available to an organisation. Typically:

  1. Foundation Solutions
  2. Common Systems Solutions
  3. Industry Solutions
  4. Organisation-Specific Solutions