CHAPTER   21

The Zachman Framework

John A. Zachman is widely recognized for establishing the historical foundation for enterprise architecture. Although he is (and remains) a major influence on EA, most of his writings comprise only a few articles, a co-authored book, and several prefaces to other books. Instead, he has maintained his own organization and published on his web site [Zachman International] in the forms of blogs and other entries.

Zachman developed the first version of his framework in the mid-1980s and published it in the IBM Systems Journal [Zachman 1987] as “A framework of information systems architecture.” This effort was an extension of his work begun in 1984, when he developed the first three-column “Information System ...

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