TOGAF survey results #ogtoronto

Another flashback to Monday, when Jane Varnus of Bank of Montreal and Navdeep Panaich of Capgemini presented the results of a survey about TOGAF 9. They covered a lot of stats about EAs and their organizations, a few of which I found particularly interesting:

  • Architects form 2-4% of IT staff (the fact that the question was asked this way just reinforces the IT nature of architecture)
  • Most architecture practices started within the past 4-5 years
  • 65% of architecture initiatives are charged centrally rather than to individual projects
  • More than 60% of architecture groups are sponsored by the CTO or CIO, and more than 70% report up to the CTO or CIO
  • EAs have surprisingly low levels of responsibility and authority and decision-making in both enterprise efforts and projects, but are usually involved or consulted
  • The primary driver for EA, with 44%, is business-IT alignment; better strategic planning and better IT decision-making come in next at 11% each
  • Business-IT alignment is also one of the key benefits that companies are achieving with EA; when they look at the future desired benefits, this expands to include agility, better strategic planning, and better IT decision-making
  • 32% of organizations have no KPIs for measuring EA effectiveness, and another 34% have 1-5 KPIs
  • More thought needs to be given to EA metrics: 40% of the KPIs are perception-oriented (e.g., stakeholder satisfaction), 33% are value-oriented (e.g., cost reduction) and 26% are activity-oriented (e.g., number of artifacts created)
  • EA frameworks are not yet used in a standardized fashion: 27% are using a standard architecture framework in a standardized manner (this is from a survey of Open Group members!), 44% have selected a framework but its use is ad hoc, and 27% select and use frameworks on an ad hoc basis
  • TOGAF (8 and 9 combined) is the predominant framework, used in more than 50% of organizations, with Zachman coming in second at 24%
  • Drivers for architect certification are unclear, and many organizations don’t require it

There’s a ton of additional information here; the whole presentation is here (direct PDF link), although it may be taken down after the conference.

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