Developing an EA
A framework is defined as: “conventions, principles and practices for the description of architectures established within a specific domain of application and/or community of stakeholders.” (ISO, 2011). A framework is a logical structure for classifying and organizing complex information. An EA framework provides an organizing structure for the information contained in and describing an EA. This categorization of EA information facilitates thinking about the architecture and how the information fits together. The EA framework can specify the data, models, and views needed to describe the EA and show how to portray linkages between different types of EA information such as mission needs, business processes, and IT capabilities. The use of frameworks can speed the architecture development process. Using the same framework across different but related EAs increases the comparability of the EAs and facilitates communications among the architects, planners, and developers.
Prominent general EA frameworks include the Zachman Framework for Enterprise Architecture and The Open Group Architectural Framework (TOGAF). Frameworks focused on government EA include the Federal Enterprise Architecture (FEA), the U.S. DoD Architecture Framework (DoDAF), and the British MoD Architecture Framework (MoDAF). The latter two are in the process of unification in the Unified Profile for DoDAF/MoDAF (UPDM).
- IFIP-IFAC Task Force, (1999). Generalized Enterprise Reference Architecture and Methodology
- McCarthy, R., (2006). Toward a Unified Enterprise Architecture Framework: An Analytics Evaluation, Issues in Information Systems
- Cameron, B.H., McMillan, E., (2013), Analyzing the Current Trends in Enterprise Architecture Frameworks, Journal of Enterprise Architecture
EABOK® Knowledge Areas
Organizational Scope and Structure of EA
Developing an EA
- Business Requirements and Value Proposition
- Methodologies and Processes
- Architecture Frameworks
- Data and Information Management
- Project Management
- Change Management
- Testing and Evaluation
- Modeling and Simulation
- Role of Reference Architectures
- How to Build a Reference Architecture
- Coordinating the Creation of a Reference Architecture
Management of EA
EA in Practice
Perspectives on EA
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