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Frameworks for Building Enterprise Information Architectures

Frameworks for Building Enterprise Information Architectures
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Author(s): Mahmood H. Shah (Cranfield University, UK) and Zaigham Mahmood (University of Derby, UK & North West University, South Africa)
Copyright: 2006
Pages: 4
Source title: Emerging Trends and Challenges in Information Technology Management
Source Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, D.B.A. (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-019-6.ch143
ISBN13: 9781616921286
EISBN13: 9781466665361


Large enterprises are complex entities operating in a fast-moving environment facing increasing demands for even higher values. To ensure that a firm’s IT structure and knowledge base is effectively managed, it has already been recognised that enterprises need to develop and maintain appropriate Enterprise Information Architectures. With this in mind, this paper provides a review of a number of enterprise architecture frameworks and other initiatives including Zachman Framework, RM-ODP, TOGAF and C4ISR/DoDAF. Their merits are discussed and relevant comparisons are made. The aim is to produce a comparison and provide some useful background information for large enterprises, who are in the process of assessing the feasibility of developing enterprise-wide IT and information architectures.

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