Navigating The Framework

There are a number of ways of navigating the Enterprise Architecture Framework.
The Zachman Framework presents a matrix view which encourages 2 dimensional thinking, whereas the Enterprise Architecture Framework is really multi-dimensional in nature.

This is understood better when looking at the IEEE 1471 meta model, and appreciating the eight dimensions identified by Roger Evernden.

The Views tab introduces the various enterprise architecture views in more detail, but one that I have found quite popular with executives and senior business managers is illustrated by the following diagram.


This view of the Enterprise Architecture Framework illustrates:

  • the organisation aspects (the left column),
  • the main enterprise architecture deliverables produced (the centre column) and
  • the processes used to produce them (the right hand column).

The four rows separate:

  • the governance view at the top,
  • the enterprise architecture teams view of the reference models,
  • the solutions delivery team's view of software development deliverables and at the bottom,
  • the Service Delivery view from the IT operations and support functions.

The Governance row is supported by Processes such as cobit, SOX, Six-Sigma and the Architecture Governance Process in TOGAF.
The Enterprise Architecture row is supported by Enterprise Architecture development processes such as TOGAF ADM or Spewak's Enterprise Architecture Planning process.
The Solution Development row is supported by processes such as RUP, Open UP, CBD & XP.
The IT Operations Row is supported by processes such as ITIL.

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