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Reading up on TOGAF 9.1 Chapter 46

As promised I would give you a chapter a time on TOGAF, here is chapter 46.

Chapter 46 displays the way in which an Architecture can be established from a TOGAF perspective. Start with a requirement, create a vision, set out objectives to achieve for your organization, create an architecture practice, implement Architecture Development Method (ADM), and keep on going in cycles to continuously improve, which ADM will help you achieve. The chapter focuses on the essence of Business, Data, Application and Technology Architecture, by giving a brief description and stating one would need these. Call to action is to start with Part II, which I have so far skipped, and covers the phases briefly.

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Reading up on TOGAF 9.1 chapter 45

As promised I would give you a chapter a time on TOGAF, here is chapter 45.

Chapter 45 introduces the Architecture Capability Framework. I address this chapter first as before the ADM section as I think this section details why one would need a system like TOGAF.  The whole chapter revolves around the image of the overall structure for the Architecture Capability Framework. The images focuses on the various communication and dependencies within the enterprise framework, to be able to distill a maturity level. The chapter ends with pointers to the other chapters in the section, each of which addresses a topic to improve the maturity level of the Architecture Capacity within the enterprise.

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Reading up on TOGAF 9.1 chapter 4

As promised I would give you a chapter a time on TOGAF, here is chapter 4.

Chapter 4 details the release notes. The chapter starts with what is new in version 9 as opposed to 8. it then goes on and try to determine why TOGAF 9 exists. Paragraph 4.3 maps information from where information used to be in 8 and where it can be found now. The next paragraph works the other way around. TOGAF 9 can be freely used and has no direct cost associated however it’s based on bringing back lessons learned to improve the standard. The data from TOGAF may however not be reproduced. A PDF can be licensed to use internally in an organization. the chapter ends with call to action to join the TOGAF group, which has some benefits in the realm of immediate access to TOGAF work, communicate with other members, and peer reviews.

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Reading up on TOGAF 9.1 chapter 3

As promised I would give you a chapter a time on TOGAF, here is chapter 3.

Chapter 3 deals with definitions, to get a uniform vocabulary, anything not found here a reference is made to Merriam-Webster! A few words I would like to highlight are: Abstractions, Actors, Applications, API, Architecture, ADM, Artifact, Capability,  Constraint, Deliverable, Enterprise, Framework, GAP, Governance, Information, Interoperability, Metadata, Method, Model, Objective, Platform, Repository, Requirement, Roadmap, SOA, Stakeholder, View, and Viewpoint. That’s it for the chapter, know them love them learn them!

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Reading up on TOGAF 9.1 chapter 2

As promised I would give you a chapter a time on TOGAF, here is chapter 2.

Chapter 2 deals with core concepts and definitions! It defines TOGAF, Architecture, and Types of Architecture: Business, Data, Application, and Technology Architectures. The Architecture Development Method is a guide-line for a repeatable process, which will be covered in following chapters. TOGAF has defined deliverables, Artifacts and Architecture- and Solution-Building Blocks. The Architectures Developed fit into an Enterprise Continuum, and the Assets should get stored in an Architecture Repository, where External Models, Standards and an Architecture Board get a place, and must get a place in the organization, preferably as an Operational Entity with capabilities in major operational areas. It closes with the adaption of TOGAF to other frameworks which will be explained in Chapter 5.3.

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Spreading the word: Windows 8 Developers boot camp

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Techies have met at Caribou Coffee Times Square Center on July 18th 2012. Discussions were all over the ITdevpro world. A few hi-lights:

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Reading up on TOGAF 9.1 chapter 1

TOGAF documentation has 52 chapters and 2 appendices… that’s exactly 1 year and 2 weeks when reading one chapter a week. best thing is getting started reading it, for me this is my third time I’m reading TOGAF documentation. This time I’ll share my notes, one chapter at a time.

Chapter 1 deals with high level introduction and contains the executive overview! Firstly determine the scope of enterprise in the context; depends mostly on extent of influence. The reasoning for architecture boils down to more efficient, leaner, better ROI, and faster IT. TOGAF EA just provides a robust framework on aiming to improve an organization.

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Adding features to Windows 8, or upgrading windows 8

Running with the slate 7 tabled having the release preview deployed, I was annoyed that I could not use a remote desktop session into the machine…. I was missing the section below on the Remote tab in computer properties.


I had used that on the W500, so I grabbed the Windows 7 USB/DVD download tool and ran off a copy of Windows 8 64 bit Release Preview and one cup of coffee later I had a Windows 8 bootable 4GB Lexar USB key. I plugged that key in ran setup, it asked me to type in the key (copied that from the ISO page) and chose add-windows 8 features. again I was presented with a screen to type in the key, which I still had in the clipboard, so pasted it and ran next. the machine restarted 3 times and while I was walking to the car this evening (3 elevators down) It showed me the log-on screen again. After checking now it did have the remote desktop screen. Evidently I had a different version deployed before (must have been a consumer version). Hope this saves you some time!

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