This chapter provides an introduction to and an overview of the contents of Part V: Enterprise Continuum & Tools.
It is usually impossible to create a single unified architecture that meets all requirements of all stakeholders for all time. Therefore, the enterprise architect will need to deal not just with a single enterprise architecture, but with many related enterprise architectures.
Each architecture will have a different purpose and architectures will relate to one another. Effectively bounding the scope of an architecture is therefore a critical success factor in allowing architects to break down a complex problem space into manageable components that can be individually addressed.
The Enterprise Continuum provides a view of the Architecture Repository that shows the evolution of these related architectures from generic to specific, from abstract to concrete, and from logical to physical.
This part of TOGAF discusses the Enterprise Continuum; including the Architecture Continuum and the Solutions Continuum. It describes how architectures can be partitioned and organized within a repository. It also describes tools for architecture development.
Part V: Enterprise Continuum & Tools is structured as follows:
The TOGAF document set is designed for use with frames. To navigate around the document:
Downloads of TOGAF®, an Open Group Standard, are available under license from the TOGAF information web site. The license is free to any organization wishing to use the TOGAF standard entirely for internal purposes (for example, to develop an information system architecture for use within that organization). A book is also available (in hardcopy and pdf) from The Open Group Bookstore as document G116.