NOVEMBER 11-15, 2019

NOVEMBER 11-15, 2019
Official Conference of the
International Institute of Business Analysis 


Monday, November 5, 2018

1:30 pm – 4:30 pm | Pre-Conference Tutorial | Room: Grand Oaks CD

Innovation in The Fast Lane: Enterprise Architecture — The Zachman "Ontology"

Presented by: John A. Zachman

There are three things that Enterprise Architecture contributes to “Innovation in the Fast Lane” (that is, “Enterprise Architecture” as defined by “The Zachman Framework,” and differentiated from other frameworks in the fact that the Zachman Framework is an ontology, not a methodology). The three things include:

  1. Precluding unintended consequences of change
  2. Predicting strategy alternative success before investing resources
  3. Changing the process of Enterprise creation to “Assemble-to-Order”

This presentation will elaborate these three opportunities for “Innovation in the Fast Lane” plus, based on the research of Frederick P. Brooks, show how software development, in and of itself, is unlikely to deliver the anticipated benefits of dramatic increases in software productivity which might lead to “Innovation in the Fast Lane.”

This may be a rather ambitious agenda but, time permitting, addition of:

  1. A short tutorial on the logic of the “Enterprise Ontology” will be presented for those who have never heard it
  2. John Zachman’s Laws of Enterprise Physics including the rules for classifying Enterprise knowledge, creating the metamodel as prescribed by the Ontology
  3. Some suggested research to explore the different paradigm as expressed by the Zachman “Enterprise Ontology” that may invalidate at least some of Fred Brooks’ observations.

Learning Objectives:

  • Three uses of Enterprise Architecture for rapid innovation
  • Synopsis of Fred Brooks’ “No Silver Bullet – Essence and Accident in Software Engineering”
  • Clarification of Enterprise Ontology logic.
  • Enterprise Laws of Physics and Classification Rules
  • Suggested research in Enterprise Architecture, Knowledgebase paradigm

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 John A.Zachman

John A.Zachman

Chief Executive Officer
Zachman International

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). He served IBM for 26 years, retiring in 1990 to devote his life to the science of Enterprise Architecture.

Mr. Zachman is the Founder and Chairman of his own education and consulting business, Zachman International®. He is also Founder of the Zachman Institute™, a nonprofit organization devoted to leveraging Zachman International's vast network of professionals and resources to offer services to small businesses and nonprofit organizations as they prepare for and experience growth.

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 (DAMAI) 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.

John's 2018 Presentations:

  1. Innovation in The Fast Lane: Enterprise Architecture — The Zachman "Ontology"
    Monday, November 5, 2018 (1:30 pm – 4:30 pm)
  2. Achieving Business Agility
    Tuesday, November 6, 2018 (1:30 pm – 4:30 pm)
  3. Make You Think
    Thursday, November 8, 2018 (10:40 am – 11:40 am)

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