APG Product 02-0103: APG TOGAF Process Library (ATPL)

Product #02-0103


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  • Enterprise architect
  • Process architect

System Requirements

Browsing ATPL

  • Chrome v19.0+ or
  • Mozilla Firefox v20.0+ or
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer v9.0+

Customizing ATPL

  • EPF Composer v1.5+ or
  • Rational Method Composer v7.5+


Website:Free download
Method library:


The APG TOGAF Process Library (ATPL) is an innovative and unique way of using the industry’s leading open enterprise architecture development method and framework – The Open Group Architecture Framework TOGAF® 9.1. All portions of the specification are represented in the ATPL and are organized into the same seven parts that are found in the printed book, PDF version, and HTML version (from The Open Group’s website – the official source of the TOGAF standard).

The ATPL contains all of the process guidance found throughout TOGAF (in the form of guidelines, concepts, and checklists), as well as work breakdown structures (WBS) for the Architecture Development Method (ADM).

With the ATPL, end user organizations now can base their enterprise architecture (EA) practices on TOGAF and create organization-specific versions of TOGAF that represent the concerns of their business and technology environments. With the ATPL, TOGAF can now be integrated with other processes, such as IBM Rational Unified Process® (RUP®), Open Unified Process (OpenUP), Rational Harmony™ processes, ITIL®, COBIT, in addition to organization-specific processes.

As The Open Group releases new versions of TOGAF, APG will also create new versions of the ATPL (which will be freely available to licensed customers). The flexibility of the ATPL Framework allows for easy migration of an organization’s existing additions and changes to future versions of TOGAF.

With the published ATPL website, architecture practitioners now have a new way of navigating the content found in TOGAF using a familiar tree view explorer that allows one to drill down to specific content rapidly. Users can also search the TOGAF content from the website.

Features & Benefits

  • Complete representation of TOGAF 9.1
  • Proven, standards-based approach
  • Widespread adoption
  • Customize TOGAF to organization needs
  • Integrate TOGAF with other life cycles and processes
  • Provide stable platform for migrating to future versions of TOGAF
  • Establish an effective and sustainable enterprise architecture program

Integration with Web-Based Training

While students are taking the web-based tutorial (WBT) lessons for the APG TOGAF 9 Certification Program, they can access TOGAF-specific process guidance in the APG TOGAF Process Library (ATPL). Virtually every slide in each lesson has a hyperlink in the lower left corner that takes the student directly to the original TOGAF content referenced on the slide.

Related Training

APG offers a wide variety of training offerings for architects (see the APG Architect and Designer Learning Path), including topics such as:

APG courseware can be customized and licensed to end users that wish to bring the education capability inside their organizations.

Organization Support Services

Armstrong Process Group (APG) offers a set of services to organizations that wish to adopt TOGAF and the ATPL as a part of their enterprise architecture practice. APG’s experience helping organizations adopt new processes and practices, combined with contributions to standards such as TOGAF, SPEM, and EPF, allows APG to provide a proven set of best practices for successful process adoption.

  • Strategic Alignment and Planning
    This activity consists of meeting with executive management and sponsors to understand business drivers, expected objectives, necessary requirements, and relevant constraints for the enterprise architecture practice. APG can work with organizations to establish a vision and build a plan for implementing and deploying the new practice.
  • Establish Method Team
    It is critical to define the organization requirements for the team of people who will support the process adoption and process definition activities. APG can help accelerate the method team during its startup by applying proven best practices for process adoption. APG can also help establish an effective tool environment for requirements management, process modeling, process authoring, change request management, and configuration management.
  • Practice Definition and Integration
    APG has found that approaching practice and process adoption like any other project (with plans, budget, resources, requirements, etc), is key to an organization demonstrating its commitment and long-term viability and sustainability of the new EA practice. APG can work with the organization’s method team and sponsors to provide detailed planning, schedules, and estimates, based on clearly specified requirements. APG can help the method team determine how to best extend the ATPL, change existing TOGAF elements, add organization specific elements and integrate the tailored EA practice with other critical processes. APG can also help acquire, install, and configure any EA tools that are needed to support the defined practice.
  • Practice Deployment
    As the practice begins to become more clearly defined, APG can provide support to help deploy the new practice to the organization, including professional development and certification programs, curriculum design and delivery.

Customizing the ATPL

Licensees of the APG TOGAF Process Library can customize it to create their own versions of TOGAF. Using the EPF Composer tool (an open-source, freely available tool), organizations can extend ATPL method content and method configurations to represent their tailoring of TOGAF and enterprise architecture. For example, with the ATPL and EPF Composer, an organization can:

  • Change names of TOGAF phases, activities, and deliverables
  • Add organization-specific content (phases, activities, deliverables, guidelines, examples)
  • Integrate TOGAF with other life cycles such as RUP, ITIL, and PMI
  • Add domain-specific content related to financial services, telecommunications, healthcare, manufacturing, systems engineering, government, and defense, for example
  • Add technology-specific content such as service oriented architecture (SOA), system platforms (IBM, HP, Microsoft, Sun, etc) and package platforms (SAP, Oracle, etc)
  • Add tool-specific content for products from companies such as IBM Rational, Sparx, MEGA, and Troux
  • Provide collaborative Wiki-based environment for discussing and evolving use of processes on real projects
  • Enable translation and localization of method content into different languages

Please contact APG Sales for more details on how to license the ATPL for internal use.


ATPL Plus (ATPL+) is a set of extensions to the base TOGAF 9.1 plugins described by the ATPL. With ATPL+, end users will gain the following features and capabilities:

  • Consistent specification of the ADM as a set of fine-grained tasks (assignable to individuals in a work breakdown structure) with clearly specified input and output work products
  • Tasks grouped into reusable process patterns
  • Consistent specification of work products (deliverables and artifacts) and relationships amongst them
  • Clear specification of EA roles, which tasks they participate in, and which work products they work with
  • Configuration of ADM method content (tasks, work products, roles) into an agile, iterative lifecycle
  • Easier and more consistent approach to tailoring TOGAF for an organization

ATPL+ also provides a stable, consistent platform for integrating the ADM lifecycle into other processes such as the IBM Rational Unified Process (RUP), the Rational Harmony processes and others (DSDM, OpenUP), as well as adding guidance for using EA tools such as Rational System Architect and Sparx Enterprise Architect.

Existing ATPL+ Plugins