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Enterprise Architecture and Zachman...

Enterprise Architecture is fundamental for enabling an enterprise to assimilate internal changes in response to the external dynamics and uncertainties of the information age environment. It not only constitutes a baseline for managing change, but also provides the mechanism by which the reality of the enterprise and its systems can be aligned with management intentions.

This course, based on the Zachman Framework V3.0, will give you the fundamental understanding of the Zachman Framework and incorporates actual modeling experience. The modeling workshop is based on actual Enterprise experience and is designed to give the participants hands-on experience creating both “Primitive” (architecture) models as well as “Composite” (implementation) models.

The seminar and workshop will prepare participants for both levels of the Zachman Certified- Enterprise Architect program: Zachman Certified™ - Enterprise Architect Associate (Level1) and Zachman Certified™ - Enterprise Architect Practitioner (Level 2).

The certification fee is included in the registration fee. The Zachman Certified – Enterprise Architect examination is a two hour, on-line examination that upon passing, results in the award of Enterprise Architect Associate (Level 1) Certification. Associate Level 1 ZCEAs are then eligible to continue in the Zachman Certified - Enterprise Architect program.

This is a very exclusive certification program. If you want to understand the “Complexity & Contradiction” in Enterprise Architecture and are struggling to manage a non-adaptive enterprise and dysfunctional systems, this will be an important experience. Learn how an ontology allows you to make use of multiple frameworks (e.g. architecture, sales, software development, innovation, etc.) in an enterprise. 

Zachman Course Objectives...

This mixed-mode course is a mix of online prep work in our Virtual University and three days of live instruction. The objective of this training course is to build an understanding of the concepts of Enterprise Architecture and develop a sense of urgency for implementing those concepts in a modern enterprise. 

The Level 1 Zachman Certified™ course gives today's Enterprise Architects the opportunity to strengthen their skills as well as broaden their understanding of industry trends and the use of The Zachman Framework™. 

This course is designed to teach the science of EA:

  • What relevant things exist in the Enterprise
  • What must be considered in its creation and change
  • About the Enterprise ontology
  • Foundation to equip Enterprise Architects to make their own methodological choices
You will learn...
  • A sense of urgency for aggressively pursuing Enterprise Architecture
  • A comprehensive definition (description) of Enterprise Architecture
  • Differentiation of Enterprise Architecture from Systems Implementation
  • Creating Enterprise Strategy Models which form the basis for Enterprise Architecture
  • Differentiation of Ontology from Methodology
  • Utilizing Enterprise Architecture for operational decision making
  • Identify the elements for creating a strategy for reducing “time-to-market” for systems implementations to virtually zero
  • Create a strategy for integration beyond jurisdiction (Interoperability)
  • Identify Architectural Principles for meeting enterprise requirements
  • Develop traceability across the artifacts for impact analysis and change management
  • Employ primitive problem patterns to address complex issues facing any enterprise
  • Row by row modeling of the Zachman Framework inside the tool
  • Case study decision making and model analysis inside the tool
  • ...and more

ZCEA Certification Levels Overview 

Certified Architects will be listed with achieved Zachman Certified™ levels (1, 2, 3 or 4), if their certification is current, along with their unique Zachman Certified™ seal in the Certification Search.


ZCEA - Associate (Level 1)

Requires taking the necessary Zachman Certification course and passing of the online Zachman Enterprise Architecture Examination.

ZCEA - Practitioner (Level 2)

Requires development of primitive models and generation of composite models to address a student-identified general management problem. Case study submitted for referee review.

ZCEA - Professional (Level 3)

Requires Level 2 Practitioner and must acquire methodology capability and demonstrate how that methodology can be extended to produce primitive (architecture) models from which its composite (implementations) models are derived by delivering a case study. Case study submitted for referee review. Upon successful completion, Level 3 ZCEAs may advertise their abilities as Zachman Consultants.

ZCEA - Educator (Level 4)

Requires all previous ZCEA levels. Level 4 Educator is a publicly acknowledged qualification for educators that desire to create and teach curriculum designed to employ The Zachman Framework™ concepts.
The Need for Zachman...

It’s interesting to note that Enterprise Architecture has made its way up to the boardroom, just like the board-level talk of outsourcing did in the 1990's.

The CFOs and board are looking at the economics of Enterprise Architecture as a blueprint to business transformation. It has been established beyond any doubt that successful organizations have achieved significant performance achievements based on EA-driven initiatives resulting in reduction in IT cost, business process improvement, new service offerings, cost efficiency, readiness for change, etc.

It's been nearly 40 years since John Zachman first endeavored to find the common structure behind every “Enterprise.” With his success, has come the much needed insight into the enterprise anatomy and the evolving discipline that is called “Enterprise Architecture.” This has resulted in the discovery of the fact that every enterprise (in whatever industry) is different, yet there is an underlying common structure of essential components that exist, an ontology: The Zachman Framework - The Enterprise Ontology.

With this background, comes the need for "Zachman Certification" and thus, one of the most productive certification workshops by the "father of Enterprise Architecture." John, in partnership with our accomplished faculty of practitioners, will help you to unravel and practice the science behind the “enterprise.”

This workshop covers the Zachman Framework v3.0. It's the most EA-inclusive representation of The Zachman Framework over the last 40 years. This program will prepare students for the first two levels of the Zachman Certified- Enterprise Architect program: Associate (Level 1) and Practitioner (Level 2).

The Zachman Framework Importance...

The most complex object of the information age is the “Enterprise.” The inherent complexity is nothing less than what you will find inside a human body (anatomy). Human beings existed long before the arrival of medical science. Medical science brought common understanding about the anatomy, various systems such as Muscular, Nervous, and Reproductive, etc. This resulted in the discovery of the fact that every human being is different, yet they follow a common structure. The resulting tools, techniques, equipment, etc. brought predictability in the process of the creation of life, evolution and life cycle management.

John Zachman is credited to finding the common structure behind every “Enterprise.” With his success, came the much needed insight into the enterprise anatomy... and the evolving discipline is now called “Enterprise Architecture.” This has resulted in the discovery of the fact that every enterprise (in whatever industry) is different, yet they have a common structure of essential components: Zachman Framework, or The Zachman Ontology™.

This discovery is similar to the discovery of the “Periodic Table of Element” by Mendeleev, who found that every “compound” on earth (and beyond) are derived from a common structure of "Primitive" elements. This knowledge resulted in formalizing and the evolving of a discipline, i.e. Chemistry. Mendeleev’s Periodic Table brought much-needed predictability and repeatability in analysis, creation and life cycle management of “compounds.” Our ability to create an object which could withstand a temperature of 14,000 degrees Celsius is a good example of what can be accomplished when you understand the science.

“Enterprises” have existed much before the discovery of The Zachman Framework. The Zachman Framework for Enterprise Architecture, is bringing the much-needed predictability and repeatability in the creation, evolution and life cycle management of the “Enterprise.” That’s the reason why The Zachman Framework is also known as “Periodic Table for the Enterprise Descriptive Representations.”


Enterprise Diagnostics


Our experts will discuss the diagnostic visual techniques that can help narrow the causes of the problem or and ensure that the diagnosis is accurate. These techniques include visual modeling, creating composites, simulations, traceability, relationship matrix, gap analysis, impact analysis, etc.


These visualization tools let you "see" inside your enterprise (or department or system) to get a "picture" of strategy, business processes, data assets, technology stacks, network channels, distribution logistics, events, stakeholders, workflow, rules, etc. This is a way you can determine if there are any abnormalities.

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