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OMG and The Open Group Working Together to Exploit Synergies between TOGAF ADM and MDA

Architect’s tools: TOGAF to fill up and MDA to empty a framework of choice

Needham, MA and San Francisco, CA– June 7, 2004 – The Object Management Group™ (OMG™) and The Open Group detailed the synergies between The Open Group’s TOGAF ADM and OMG’s Model Driven Architecture® (MDA®) in a white paper highlighting the benefits of using both methods to develop an architecture using the TOGAF ADM and then implement that architecture using MDA.

The TOGAF Architecture Development Method (TOGAF ADM) is a detailed industry standard method and resource base for development of enterprise architecture. It offers a method to fill out any framework of choice, provides a guideline on how to scope out the architecture activity, and a step-by-step method for discovering and understanding what the architecture deliverables should contain.

TOGAF ADM suggests creating models to capture the understanding in a reusable form, however, it does not specify the modeling techniques or approaches.

"TOGAF Architecture Development Method is an excellent approach to creating an enterprise architecture that can be modeled and implemented based on MDA," said Dr. Richard Soley, Chairman and CEO of OMG. "Using both methods together can bring substantial benefits to the users. It is very encouraging to see the cooperation at the member level."

OMG MDA is the industry’s leading standards-based approach to model-based system development. It assists with selecting the right modeling approach and provides means to capture models, manage those models, translate between models, and deal with downstream generation of code.

Both TOGAF ADM and MDA are independent of framework used and complement the use of any framework selected, including the well-known Zachman framework.

“Using MDA to model some of the architectural building blocks called out in TOGAF ADM makes a great deal of sense,” said Allen Brown, President and CEO of The Open Group. “Using both methods together can bring substantial benefits to the users, and enable deploying solutions that better meet customer needs expressed in the architecture.”

Members of The Open Group and OMG plan to get together in a workshop environment during an upcoming OMG meeting in Washington, D.C., November 1-5, 2004, and discuss how these synergies can be further exploited.

“Bridging the gap between architecture and implementation will bring great value to the industry,” said Terry Blevins, The Open Group’s CIO. “I am excited at the opportunity to work with OMG on exploiting these synergies and jointly providing comprehensive best-of-breed approaches and methods.“

The white paper can be downloaded at:

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