Introduction One of the oldest Enterprise Architecture Frameworks, the Zachman Framework is an enterprise ontology and a logical structure that is intended to provide a widespread representation of an enterprise (Eratul and Rathod 2009, 1). The Zachman Framework allows for multiple perspectives and categorization. It is a unique approach to providing a logical understanding of the complexities of various information systems. This framework is useful when sorting out multiple and complex systems and issues that are significant to management and to technology groups. Simply put, the Zachman Framework is a structure that is used for classifying and organizing an organization’s architecture. History, Purpose, Scope The idea behind the Zachman Framework was drafted in 1984 by IBM researched John Zachman. The framework was called The Information Systems Architecture and only consisted of three columns. The framework was published in 1987 by as the Zachman Framework. Its purpose was to define and capture an architecture, specifically for IBM and now is in the public domain (Zachman 2003). It has evolved over time, and while the framework structure remains the same, “it has changed on the graphical representations to gain more generalization and logical representation” (Eratul and Rathod 2009).The most current version of the Zachman Framework is a two dimensional matrix that consists of six rows and six columns. Zachman states that “the
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