The Zachman Framework unlocked

The Zachman frame work is the corner stones in the discipline of Enterprise Architecture, but as the discipline itself it struggles to demonstrate how it can deliver value to the business.

Please find a presentation of how you can unlock the (Business) value of the Zachman framework as well as your Enterprise Architecture initiatives: The Zachman Framework unlocked @ https://flevy.com/browse/business-document/the-zachman-framework-unlocked-331/ref=mpalmgre

With a degree in chemistry John  most likely inspired by the periodic table regrouped the key questions to ask as we aboard an Enterprise Architecture initiative.

Contextual: 

From a Zachman Business Architecture Perspective we capture:

THE WHY: Goal List – primary high level organization goals

THE HOW: Process List – list of all known processes

THE WHAT: Material List – list of all known organizational entities

WHO: Organizational Unit & Role List – list of all organization units, sub-units, and identified roles

WHERE: Geographical Locations List – locations important to organization; can be large and small

WHEN: Event List – list of triggers and cycles important to organization

Conceptual:

From a Zachman Business Architecture Perspective we capture:

THE WHY: Goal Relationship Model – identifies hierarchy of goals that support primary goals

THE HOW: Process Model – provides process descriptions, input processes, output processes

THE WHAT: Entity Relationship Model – Identifies and describes the organizational materials and their relationships

WHO: Organizational Unit & Role Relationship Model – identifies enterprise roles and units and the relationships between them

WHERE: Locations Model – identifies enterprise locations and the relationships between them

WHEN: Event Model – identifies and describes events and cycles related by time

Logical:

From a Zachman IT Architecture Perspective we capture:

THE WHY: Rules Diagram – identifies and describes rules that apply constraints to processes and entities without regard to physical or technical implementation

THE HOW: Process Diagram – identifies and describes process transitions expressed as verb-noun phrases without regard to physical or technical implementation

THE WHAT: Data Model Diagram – identifies and describes entities and their relationships without regard to physical or technical implementation

WHO: Role Relationship Diagram – identifies and describes roles and their relations to other roles by types of deliverables without regard to physical or technical implementation

WHERE: Locations Diagram – identifies and describes locations used to access, manipulate, and transfer entities and processes without regard to physical or technical implementation

WHEN: Event Diagram – identifies and describes events related to each other in sequence, cycles occur within and between events, without regard to physical or technical implementation

Physical:

From a Zachman IT Architecture Perspective we capture:

THE WHY: Rules Specification – expressed in a formal language; consists of rule name and structured logic to specify and test rule state

THE HOW: Process Function Specification – expressed in a technology specific language, hierarchical process elements are related by process calls

THE WHAT: Data Entity Specification – expressed in a technology specific format; each entity is defined by name, description, and attributes; shows relationships

WHO: Role Specification – expresses roles performing work and workflow components at the work product detailed specification level

WHERE: Location Specification – expresses the physical infrastructure components and their connections

WHEN: Event Specification – expresses transformations of event states of interest to the enterprise

Detailed Representation:

From a Zachman IT Architecture Perspective we capture:

THE WHY: Rules detail

THE HOW: Process detail

THE WHAT: Data detail

WHO: Role detail

WHERE: Location detail

WHEN: Event detail

Please find a presentation of how you can unlock the (Business) value of the Zachman framework as well as your Enterprise Architecture initiatives: The Zachman Framework unlocked https://flevy.com/browse/business-document/the-zachman-framework-unlocked-331/ref=mpalmgre

Full article @ https://deliverbusinessvaluewithit.com/2013/09/15/zachman-unlocked/

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The Zachman Framework unlocked

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