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Modeling Frameworks

Model Enterprises using the Industry Standard Frameworks Separately or in Combination

Modeling an enterprise is a significant undertaking and using a tried and tested industry framework reduces some of the risks and increases the benefits you will gain from the effort and resources that are consumed in the creation of the Enterprise Architecture models. Enterprise Architect provides support for the most popular frameworks, including TOGAF, UPDM, Zachman Framework and the Federal Enterprise Architecture Framework. This support allows you to concentrate your efforts on the architectural description of your enterprise.

Zachman Framework Interface diagram in Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect.

Zachman Framework Interfaces Diagram showing the cells all supported by the Enterprise Architect models.

Enterprise Architect allows you to use each of the frameworks independently or in combination. For example you could use TOGAF for your overall enterprise architecture governance and description but use Zachman as your content framework to describe and catalogue the artifacts in the Architecture Landscape and the Reference Library, Standards and Governance Log. In this topic you will learn how to install and to use each of the frameworks.

Modeling Frameworks

Framework/Language

Description

TOGAF

The Open Group Architecture Framework (TOGAF) is one of the most widely accepted methods for developing Enterprise Architecture, providing a practical, definitive and proven step-by-step method for developing and maintaining Enterprise Architecture.

UPDM

The MDG Technology for UAF/UPDM tightly integrates with Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect and provides a model-based framework for planning, designing and implementing the Unified Profile for DoDAF and MODAF (UPDM) architectures. See: https://sparxsystems.com/products/mdg/tech/updm/index.html.

Zachman Framework

The Zachman Framework is a widely used approach for engineering Enterprise Architecture. The Framework is a simple, logical structure that helps in organizing the content models that describe the Enterprise.