This paper is about the Zachman Framework and its overall use as an Enterprise Architecture. The paper begins with the definition of Enterprise Architecture and framework in general. Then it shows a brief background about the maker of the framework, John A. Zachman. Next is the history of the Zachman Framework itself. Finally, we discuss the main purpose and structure of the Zachman Framework.
Who is John Zachman?
John Zachman was born in 1934 and is the pioneer of the Zachman Framework. He was a former line officer in the United States Navy and a retired commander in the United States Naval Reserve.
He graduated at Northwestern University with a degree in chemistry, was a former teacher at Turfs University, and served as a special advisor in three Schools of Library and Information Management: at the University of Southern California, Emporia State University, and at Dominican University (“John Zachman,” n.d.).
In 1964 he joined the IBM Corporation and was best known for his contribution in the Information Strategy methodology (Business Systems Planning) and the Executive team planning techniques (Intensive Planning) (“John Zachman,” n.d.).
After 26 years of service, he retired from IBM Corporation. According to (“John Zachman,” n.d.) he is now the Chairman of the board of the Zachman Framework Associates and the Chief Executive Officer of the Zachman Institute for Framework Advancement (ZIFA), an organization specializing in the advancement of company’s Enterprise Architecture.
Outside Enterprise Architecture, according to (http://www.zifa.com/zachman.html):
Mr. Zachman serves on the Elder Council of the Church on the Way (First
Foursquare Church of Van Nuys, California), the Boards of Directors of Living
Way Ministries, a radio and television ministry of the Church on the Way; of the
Los Angeles Citywide Children's Christian Choir; and of Native Hope
International, a Los Angeles-based ministry to the Native American people. Definitions
Before we divulge into the Zachman Framework, we begin by defining what a “framework” really is. According to The American Heritage Dictionary a framework is: 1. A structure for supporting or enclosing something else, especially a skeletal support used as the basis for something being constructed. 2. An external work platform; a scaffold.
3. A fundamental structure, as for a written work.
4. A set of assumptions, concepts, values, and practices that constitutes a way of viewing reality.
It’s clear that we will be discussing the “technical” definition of what a framework is. Based on the definitions the Zachman framework can be viewed as the “fundamental structure” of an Enterprise Architecture or even the fourth definition as a “concept, values, and practices” but according to one website the Zachman framework is not your typical framework per se, “Instead of representing the process as a series of steps, he organized it around the points of view (perspectives) taken by the various players” (http://www.valuebasedmanagement.net/methods_zachman_enterprise_architecture.html). Others, like Bentley and Davis (2010) describe the Zachman Framework as a taxonomy “for developing and documenting the basic element of an Enterprise Architecture” (p. 80).
Another important aspect of the Zachman framework is its development of the Enterprise Architecture. According to Ross, Weill, and Robertson (2006), Enterprise Architecture is “the organizing logic for business processes and IT infrastructure reflecting the integration and standardization requirements of the company’s operating model” (p. 47) The Enterprise Architecture serves as the checklist for the company’s business application and its alignment to its IT capabilities. Framework
The main ideology of the Zachman framework is to populate and organize all elements of an enterprise and have an...
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