Zachman Framework Framework Quality The Zachman Framework had been used since 1983 while Mr. Zachman worked for IBM and had become a pioneer in domain since 1987 when it published as a Framework for Enterprise Architecture (Urbaczewski & Mrdalj, 2006). Zachman Framework is a useful business tool that provides a structure of existing best practices and business principles to assist an organization in managing changes. The Zachman Framework focuses relationships and viewpoints of each cell in the matrix it doesn’t give guidance on process, implementation or sequence (Urbaczewski & Mrdalj, 2006). The quality of the Zachman Framework is the clear and defined relationship between each cell in the matrix. As enterprises have become more sophisticated, the Zachman Framework also grew from a 3 x 3 matrix to the 6 x 6 matrix we have today. Figure 1: Zachman Framework 1983 2
Zachman Framework Figure 2: Zachman Framework 201 1 Framework Coverage Zachman Framework uses a structured manner to view and describe an enterprise. A comprehensive definition of a structure and operation provided in a schema or matrix. Using 6 x 6 matrix the Zachman Framework has columns containing Communication Interrogatives and the rows will be Reification Transformations. Wondering what are Communication Interrogatives well, they are: Who, What, Where, Why, When and How and Reification Transformations are: Instantiation, Definition, Specification, Configuration, Identification, and Representation. A lot of time you Reification Transformations will describe stakeholders’ viewpoint of the enterprise. Those stakeholders could be the Owner, Builder, Planner, Designer, User, and Contractor (Urbaczewski & Mrdalj, 2006). The columns will describe and define each perspective. Each cell of the matrix should relate to the cell above and below it, and all the cells in each row should be aligned to make the framework provide a descriptive models or representations to describe an enterprise or system.
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