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™ – 2007 Edition (Incorporating 8.1.1). All portions of the specification are represented in the ATPL and are organized into the same four 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 also is certified by The Open Group as meeting its requirements for TOGAF 8 Tool Support.
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), Telelogic 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 (see below) 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.