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The Zachman Framework: Solving General Management Problems with John Zachman

  • September 24, 2013
  • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Sheraton Bellevue Hotel: 100 - 112th Avenue NE, Bellevue, WA 98004


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The Zachman Framework:
Solving General Management Problems

with John Zachman

Originator of the Framework for Enterprise Architecture (The Zachman Framework™

John Zachman

People always ask me, “how do you cost-justify Enterprise Architecture?”  Technically, cost-justification is an expense-based concept so you can’t cost-justify Enterprise Architecture because Enterprise Architecture is an asset, not an expense.  Even tangible assets are difficult to value because the value is deriving from something independent of the asset like how many times can you use the asset per unit of time, or, what is the market willing to pay for the asset.  Intangible assets like intellectual property (Enterprise Architecture) are even more difficult to value.  A CEO once told me, “anything that has to be cost-justified is not worth doing.”  (i.e. Cost-justification is an operational issue, not a General Management issue.)  This presentation begins with a story about how the Director of Intelligence for the India (national) Police Service used the Zachman framework to solve a high visibility murder/kidnapping case.  It shows how multiple scenarios (Enterprises) can be created to find the most appropriate one.  Then it describes the process for using the Zachman Framework to solve General Management problems. It concludes by observing that if you can solve General Management problems, you won’t have to worry about cost-justification.  There will be plenty of time and money to solve more General Management problems … and do Enterprise Architecture iteratively and incrementally while you are at it.

John A. Zachman is the originator of the Framework for Enterprise Architecture (The Zachman Framework™) which has received broad acceptance around the world as an integrative framework, an ontology for descriptive representations for Enterprises.
Mr. Zachman is not only known for this work on Enterprise Architecture, but is also known for his early contributions to IBM’s Information Strategy methodology (Business Systems Planning) as well as to their Executive team planning techniques (Intensive Planning).

Mr. Zachman retired from IBM in 1990, having served them for 26 years. He is Chief Executive Officer of his own education and consulting business, Zachman International®. 

Mr. Zachman serves on the Executive Council for Information Management and Technology (ECIMT) of the United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) and on the Advisory Board of the Data Administration Management Association International (DAMA-I) from whom he was awarded the 2002 Lifetime Achievement Award. He was awarded the 2009 Enterprise Architecture Professional Lifetime Achievement Award from the Center for Advancement of the Enterprise Architecture Profession as well as the 2004 Oakland University, Applied Technology in Business (ATIB), Award for IS Excellence and Innovation.

Mr. Zachman has been focusing on Enterprise Architecture since 1970 and has written extensively on the subject. He has facilitated innumerable executive team planning sessions. He travels nationally and internationally, teaching and consulting, and is a popular conference speaker, known for his motivating messages on Enterprise Architecture issues. He has spoken to many thousands of enterprise managers and information professionals on every continent. 

In addition to his professional activities, Mr. Zachman serves on the Elder Council of the Church on the Way (First Foursquare Church of Van Nuys, California), the Board of Directors of Living Way Ministries, a radio and television ministry of the Church on the Way, the President’s Cabinet of The King’s University, the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Citywide Children’s Christian Choir, the Board of Directors of Heavenworks, an international ministry to the French-speaking world and on the Board of Directors of Native Hope International, a Los Angeles-based ministry to the Native American people. 

Prior to joining IBM, Mr. Zachman served as a line officer in the United States Navy and is a retired Commander in the U.S. Naval Reserve. He chaired a panel on "Planning, Development and Maintenance Tools and Methods Integration" for the U. S. National Institute of Standards and Technology. He holds a degree in Chemistry from Northwestern University, has taught at Tufts University, has served on the Board of Councilors for the School of Library and Information Management at the University of Southern California, as a Special Advisor to the School of Library and Information Management at Emporia State University, on the Advisory Council to the School of Library and Information Management at Dominican University and on the Advisory Board for the Data Resource Management Program at the University of Washington. He has been a Fellow for the College of Business Administration of the University of North Texas and currently is listed in Cambridge Who’s Who.

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