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Enterprise Architecture Using the Zachman Framework: A Model Driven Approach

Enterprise Architecture Using the Zachman Framework: A Model Driven Approach
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Author(s): Ali Fatolahi (University of Ottawa, Canada), Stéphane S. Somé (University of Ottawa, Canada)and Timothy C. Lethbridge (University of Ottawa, Canada)
Copyright: 2007
Pages: 5
Source title: Managing Worldwide Operations and Communications with Information Technology
Source Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, D.B.A. (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-929-8.ch016
ISBN13: 9781599049298
EISBN13: 9781466665378


Many organizations are interested in building their enterprise architectures using the Zachman framework. They hope to solve the problems of misalignment between business processes and information systems along with gaining a desired level of interoperability and flexibility in their IT environment. However, in most cases the Zachman framework remains as a conceptual framework more than a pragmatic one. This causes a serious doubt, if the enterprise could satisfy the motivations of employing the Zachman framework. Model driven architecture (MDA) is addressed in this paper as a framework, which is in a very high synch with the Zachman framework. MDA provides a means of flexible reusable model-driven development environment. MDA is being applied in more and more situations everyday. It is also based on the commonplace technologies, which makes it popular amongst software engineers and IT specialists. In this paper, we show that MDA could be the key that opens the world of reality to the Zachman framework. Not only does MDA have everything the Zachman framework needs to be practical, but it also follows the same logical structure and very similar metadata language as the Zachman framework.

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