The Power of the Zachman Framework


As the title suggest, this presentation is about utilizing the concepts of the Zachman Framework for Enterprise Architecture as a basis for organizing enterprise artefacts. The Zachman Framework is a classification schema that can be used to understand any complex thing; be it an airplane, a building or an enterprise. This holistic schema, which addresses multiple perspectives and multiple abstractions, is a very powerful concept that can be applied to managing enterprise architecture (EA) documentation.

With the proliferation of EA artefacts (documents, models, et cetera) created and placed on local area networks (LANs), and within the last five years compounded by the Internet, intranets, and extranets, most enterprises are struggling to manage an astounding amount of ever growing material that is critical to their existence. This presentation explains how the concepts of the Zachman Framework can be utilized to help organize and catalog these artifacts so that they may be easily and quickly found, accessed and controlled. This also includes placing electronic performance support system (EPSS) material, such as standards, roles, methods, techniques, tools, training, glossaries, and references, in the context of the Zachman Framework.

This presentation discusses the following topics:

  • document management definitions
  • universal data organization models applied to navigation of paper and electronic documents
  • artifact classifications
  • framework partitioning
  • benefits of applying the Zachman Framework to document management
  • creative uses of frameworks
  • some things to consider regarding implementation, deployment, and administration

In addition, it will discuss the process that the Province of Ontario followed in developing artefacts in Zachman rows 1, 2 and 3, followed by a demo of how Ontario used ‘Structure 2000 PC/LAN’.


Thomas A. Hokel is a co-founder and the president and CEO of Framework Software, Inc. (FSI), a software publishing company. FSI ( publishes Structure � and Structure for the Net, enterprise document and model management software products based on the Zachman Framework for Enterprise Architecture. FSI also publishes RuleTrack™ for Business Rule Solutions, LLC. Mr. Hokel is also president of The Enterprise Framework Group (EFG) (, an enterprise architecture and knowledge management education, training, development and consulting services company located in Breckenridge, CO.

EFG is currently engaged in work with the U.S. Air Force Surgeon General and is developing a medical personnel resources strategic data warehouse, EIS/DSS, and knowledge management application. EFG provided the data architecture for the Department of Defense-wide document management system implemented on the Internet as part of the DoD Health Affairs Health Information Resources Service (HIRS). The interface design and programming effort provided for this system included the validation prototype and Zachman Integration Framework Navigator (ZIFN). EFG also developed the multimedia HIRS Computer Based Education and Reference (CyBER) Library directed at information systems professionals. EFG heavily participated in the development of HIRS strategic plans, concept of operations, and marketing plans and materials.

Tom developed and is an instructor for the Strategic Enterprise Modeling distance learning course for the University of Washington. This course is part of the Data Resource Management program curriculum.

Tom has nearly 30 years of information systems and enterprise engineering experience. He has led information systems development efforts in a variety of large-scale commercial and government enterprises. He developed and presented the first publicly offered Data Warehouse seminar in 1993 and has worked with industry-leading solution providers on various data warehouse projects. He has extensive knowledge of, and practical experience with, the Zachman Framework for Enterprise Architecture. Tom was manager of product R&D, manager of data warehouse consulting, and senior information engineering consultant for a firm that was an industry forerunner in information engineering training and consulting. Tom was project manager of Financial Information Systems for a large California city government. He was manager and supervisor of Marketing and Revenue Accounting Systems for a major U.S. airline and held project leader, analyst, and programmer positions for payroll, human resource, and internal data processing systems. Mr. Hokel served as an officer in the United States Air Force and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics with minors in Computer Science and Statistics from Iowa State University.

Tom can be reached by phone at (970) 453-7293 or e-mail at .

Les G. Piotrowski is a Data Architect with the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR), Natural Resources Information Branch, in Peterborough, Ontario. He graduated from Lake Superior State University, Michigan, with a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Computer Science in 1984, and graduated from Sault College, Sault Ste. Marie Ontario, with a Forestry Technician Diploma in 1972.

Les has held various positions with the Ministry of Natural Resources over the past 15 years and has experience in Enterprise Architecture, Project Management, Software Development, Data Analysis and Modeling, in various business areas, including Aviation and Fire, Forestry, Fish and Wildlife and Financial Services. Les is currently Project Manager for the Enterprise Information and Information Technology Case Study 2, “Proof-of-Concept” project. Prior to this, Les actively supported MNR’s Enterprise Architecture Planning initiatives and Data Architectures for Fish and Wildlife applications.

Most recently, Les lead a team that developed Framework and Artefact Naming Conventions for use with the Structure 2000 software tool, an application that helps organize and classify architectural representations, or work products, within the Zachman Framework. Les is also exploring John Zachman’s “Sliver/Slice” artifact management concepts, within the context of the Ontario Government’s Federated Frameworks.

At the present time, Les is most interested in areas related to the practical application of enterprise architecture to deliver enterprise business solutions, be they manual or automated, or some combination thereof.

Les can be reached by phone at (705) 755-2203 or by Email at



Oct 18 2000


8:30 am - 11:30 am


The Ontario Club, 5th Floor, Commerce Court South 30 Wellington Street West (Bay and Wellington), Toronto

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