Zachman Framework

What Does Zachman Framework Mean?

The Zachman Framework is a visual aid for organizing ideas about enterprise technology. It is attributed to IBM professional John Zachman, as presented in the article "A Framework for Information Systems Architecture" published in the IBM Systems Journal in 1987.

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Techopedia Explains Zachman Framework

IT Experts describe the Zachman Framework as an "ontology" composed of a matrix that orders the aspects of enterprise resources and stakeholders. One axis of the matrix is composed of the traditional "5 Ws + H" model used in traditional print journalism, i.e., who, what, where, when, why and how. The other includes labels such as "scope" and "model" that further define projects.

The name Zachman Framework was trademarked by its original author.

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