The number of people who have been certified for The Open Group Architecture Framework, TOGAF 8, has reached more than 5 500 registered practitioners. This reflects an increase of 230% compared to the number of TOGAF certified practitioners registered in 2007.

TOGAF is an industry-standard architecture framework that may be used freely by any organisation wanting to develop an information systems architecture.
"In the last couple of years TOGAF has emerged as the de facto standard for developing and implementing enterprise and IT architecture worldwide," says Sarina Viljoen, Open Group manager at Real IRM, the enterprise architecture company that represents The Open Group in South Africa.
In addition, a recent UK-based report conducted by ITJobsWatch ( cited annual salary increases for certified TOGAF practitioners at a rate of more than 21%. According to the same survey, over 50% of permanent IT jobs in the UK include TOGAF as a required skill set.
Furthermore, average salaries for TOGAF-certified people increased by 6% in 2008 over the previous year, while average compensation fell more than 8% for people with certification and skills in other architecture frameworks .
"The increase in certification along with the ITJobsWatch findings validate the continued importance that professional architects and their employers are placing on the TOGAF standard," adds Viljoen.
TOGAF is used by over 80% of the Forbes Global Top 50 companies, and has emerged as the definitive framework among enterprise architects for developing information systems architectures. TOGAF certification is an assurance programme based on the standard, providing four classes of certification:
* Certified (for individuals);
* Tool Support;
* Training; and
* Professional Services.
The certification is used by architecture service providers, solutions vendors and individual enterprise architects.
By the second quarter of 2008, TOGAF and TOGAF Certification achieved the following milestones:
* 5 597 individuals have achieved TOGAF certification; and
* A total of 41 375 copies of TOGAF have been downloaded.
TOGAF is used by over 80% of the Forbes Global 50 and over 70% of the Fortune 50