Zachman Framework

Framework for enterprise architecture, developed by John Zachman

Introduction to the notion

The Praxeme Enterprise System Topology continues the tradition of software engineering. It inherits the notion of abstraction levels from Merise and methods in the 80s. It is inspired by enterprise architecture approaches such as the Zachman’s framework. It updates these legacies in accordance with the standard MDA.

Source: Zachman International website

“The Zachman Framework for Enterprise Architecture is an integrative framework, or periodic table of descriptive representations for enterprises. The framework draws on two distinct classification systems to define the set of representations that are needed to manage the complexity and change of these objects. This set of representations forms the cells of the framework.

The first classification system is the six fundamental questions: who, what, when, where, why, and how. These interrogatives form the columns of the framework.

The second classification system is based on the stakeholders from traditional architecture: owner, designer, builder and has been extended to include: planner, and subcontractor. These perspectives form the rows of the framework.”

Related terms: framework, representation framework, TOGAF.

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