The Enterprise Framework Group


The following resources can help you with your enterprise architecture efforts.

The Enterprise Framework Group

A Brief Introduction to the Zachman Framework
Bruce H. Burgess and Thomas A. Hokel.
Framework Software, Inc.
, 1994.
Excerpt from the foreword by John A. Zachman: "I particularly appreciate their effort to describe the logic structure of the Framework. In the articles I have written, I never took the time or space to explore this logic in detail. Many times I talk about it, but I use a lot of teaching devices to explain it. Unfortunately, teaching devices don't exactly convert to the written word. Tom and Bruce had the patience to capture the ideas on paper in such a fashion that it is readable and understandable without being stilted or verbose."

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Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) Publications

Under the Information Technology Management Reform Act (Public Law 104-106), the Secretary of Commerce approves standards and guidelines that are developed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) for Federal computer systems. These standards and guidelines are issued by NIST as Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS)External Web Page for use government-wide. NIST develops FIPS when there are compelling Federal government requirements such as for security and interoperability and there are no acceptable industry standards or solutions. See background information for more details.

FIPS Pub 183 IDEF0 Function Modeling

Integration Definition for Function Modeling (IDEF0)Microsoft Word file 1993-12-21

Describes the IDEF0 modeling language (semantics and syntax), and associated rules and techniques, for developing structured graphical representations of a system or enterprise. Use of this standard permits the construction of models comprising system functions (activities, actions, processes, operations), functional relationships, and data (information or objects) that support systems integration. IDEF0 Function Modeling may be used for developing DoDAF Operational View Activity Models (OV-5). To create Zachman Framework primitive process models, model the input and output flows, but not the control and mechanism flows, which would create a composite model.

FIPS Pub 184 IDEF1X Data Modeling

Integration Definition for Information Modeling (IDEFIX)Microsoft Word file 1993-12-21

Describes the IDEF1X modeling language (semantics and syntax), and associated rules and techniques, for developing a logical model of data. IDEF1X is used to produce a graphical information model which represents the structure and semantics of information within an environment or system. Use of this standard permits the construction of semantic data models which may serve to support the management of data as a resource, the integration of information systems, and the building of computer databases. IDEF1X Data Modeling may be used for developing DoDAF Data and Information View Conceptual and Logical Data Models (DIV-1 and DIV-2). The Phase II IDEF1X model should be saved and retained as an Entity Relationship Model (ERM).

Object Management Group (OMG) Business Process Modeling Notation (BPMN)

A standard Business Process Modeling Notation (BPMN)External Web Page will provide businesses with the capability of understanding their internal business procedures in a graphical notation and will give organizations the ability to communicate these procedures in a standard manner. Furthermore, the graphical notation will facilitate the understanding of the performance collaborations and business transactions between the organizations. This will ensure that businesses will understand themselves and participants in their business and will enable organizations to adjust to new internal and B2B business circumstances quickly.

OMG BPMN version 2.0 January 2011Adobe Acrobat PDF file

BPMN may be used to develop DoDAF OV-6c Operational Event-Trace Descriptions.