MANAGING COMPLEXITY AND CHANGE Enterprise Architecture: THE Imperative for the Information Age Enterprise
Enterprise Architecture is a much mis-understood subject by General Management and the Information Technology community alike. Enterprise Architecture has everything to do with managing Enterprise complexity and Enterprise change and relates to information technology only in so far as information technology may be one choice that an Enterprise can make with regard to Enterprise operations. The role of the Enterprise Architect in the context of the Enterprise is identical to the role of a classical Architect in the context of a building. The Architect helps the Owners articulate and transcribe the concepts they have in mind for the end result and then transforms those concepts into a logical design. The Architect may oversee the builder’s development of the blueprints, that is, construction plans, and may even monitor the workers doing the actual construction work to produce the finished product. (In the case of Enterprises, the finished product is the ENTERPRISE.) The Framework for Enterprise Architecture, the “Zachman Framework,” defines the “primitive” descriptive representations (the Enterprise engineering design artefacts) that are integral to the process of building and changing complex products (i.e. Enterprises).
John A. Zachman is the originator of the “Framework for Enterprise Architecture” which has received broad acceptance around the world as an integrative framework, or “periodic table” of descriptive representations for Enterprises. Mr. Zachman is not only known for this work on Enterprise Architecture, but is also known for his early contributions to IBM’s Information Strategy methodology (Business Systems Planning) as well as to their Executive team planning techniques (Intensive Planning).
Mr. Zachman retired from IBM in 1990, having served them for 26 years. He presently is Chairman of the Board of Zachman Framework Associates, a worldwide consortium managing conformance to the Zachman Framework principles. He is Chief Executive Officer of the Zachman Institute for Framework Advancement (ZIFA), an organization dedicated to advancing the conceptual and implementation states of the art in Enterprise Architecture. He also operates his own education and consulting business, Zachman International.
Mr. Zachman serves on the Executive Council for Information Management and Technology of the United States General Accounting Office. He is a Fellow for the College of Business Administration of the University of North Texas. He serves on the Advisory Board for the Data Resource Management Program at the University of Washington and on the Advisory Board of the Data Administration Management Association International (DAMA-I) from whom he was awarded the 2002 Lifetime Achievement Award. He was awarded the 2004 Oakland University, Applied Technology in Business (ATIB), Award for IS Excellence and Innovation.
Mr. Zachman has been focusing on Enterprise Architecture since 1970 and has written extensively on the subject. He is the author of the book, “The Zachman Framework for Enterprise Architecture: A Primer on Enterprise Engineering and Manufacturing.” He has facilitated innumerable executive team planning sessions. He travels nationally and internationally, teaching and consulting, and is a popular conference speaker, known for his motivating messages on Enterprise Architecture issues. He has spoken to many thousands of enterprise managers and information professionals on every continent.