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Describe an Architecture Framework

The TOGAF standard definition for an Architecture Framework is

A conceptual structure used to develop, implement, govern and sustain an Architecture

TOGAF Standard Definition

To expand on the TOGAF definition, think of an Architecture Framework as:

  • A set of structures which are able to be used to develop a wide range of differing Architectures.
  • An Architecture Framework should describe a way to design a set of of building blocks (And their relationships) in terms of the state of an enterprise.
  • There should be a set of standards, guidelines and compliant products on which the building blocks can be implemented.
  • There should be a common vocabulary and set of tools.