Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Zachman Framework

It's been some while since I attended John Zachman's seminar in Mumbai...

Recently someone asked me what the Zachman framework was? I tried to explain to him in simple terms as follows:

The Zachman framework is a classification structure for expressing the basic elements of an enterprise architecture. It a powerful tool for organizing architectural artifacts (design documents, specs, models, etc.) based on context or perspective.

The Zachman Framework is a matrix formed by the intersection of two classifications.
The columns represent the primitive interrogatives - why, how, when, who, where and why. The rows represent six different prespectives, which relate to stakeholder groups (Planner, Owner, Designer, Builder, Implementer and Worker).
The intersecting cells of the Framework correspond to models which, if documented, can provide a holistic view of the enterprise.

To view the model, please view below links: