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  • Paperback: 392 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (29 Oct. 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471599859
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471599852
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 2.5 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 560,277 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About This Book Praise for Enterprise Architecture Planning— "… the book has given me a wealth of good, fresh ideas about every facet of the architecture process … makes a substantive contribution to the body of IS planning knowledge." —John A. Zachman Zachman Information Systems Enterprise Architecture Planning is more advanced than traditional system planning approaches because you:

  • define a stable business model independent of organizational boundaries, systems, and procedures,
  • define data before application, and
  • let data determine the sequence for implementing applications systems.
Here the authors give you a common–sense approach to Enterprise Architecture Planning. You’ll find dozens of examples of architectures, procedures, checklists, and useful guidelines to support these techniques. This is the best guide available to help you ensure a cost–effective, long–term solution.

About the Author

Steven H. Spewak, Ph.D., and Steven C. Hill Industry veteran Steven H. Spewak, Ph.D., is Chief Architect for DHL Systems Inc. Steve Hill is a Product Manager for Logic Works in Princeton, NJ. They can be reached on CompuServe at 71521,1052 and 70262,1135, respectively.


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This is an excellent book outlining the process, content and pit-falls associated with EAP (a classic for consultants and professionals). It is important to remember that it presents a management framework not an implementation framework. I look forward to the next release -I hope it includes something on object modelling and UML and the need to differentiate between functional and competency based modelling (Business Architecture) when designing enterprise information systems for the future. This book is a foundation and a "must read" for any budding Enterprise Architect.
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Strong focus on IT - still very valuable, good concepts, a lot of information to help get your thinking organised. Overall - a good read, helpful and systematic. Highly recommended for any process/system/solution/data architects.
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For those needing to embark on an Enterpise Architecture project, this book will provide a useful crib sheet for the early phases. Be aware that it describe planning for architecting, and does not delve into technical issues.
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Did not realise that it was an oldish book. Better than expected. Better than expected. Better than expected. Better than expected. Better than expected. Better than expected. Better than expected. Better than expected. Better than expected.
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56 of 58 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ba058f4) out of 5 stars EAP - A Management Framework 21 Aug. 1998
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Format: Paperback
This is an excellent book outlining the process, content and pit-falls associated with EAP (a classic for consultants and professionals). It is important to remember that it presents a management framework not an implementation framework. I look forward to the next release -I hope it includes something on object modelling and UML and the need to differentiate between functional and competency based modelling (Business Architecture) when designing enterprise information systems for the future. This book is a foundation and a "must read" for any budding Enterprise Architect.
51 of 53 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9baa4ae0) out of 5 stars Excellent resource - but use with caution 29 Feb. 2004
By Mike Tarrani - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I purchased this book with it was first published and it greatly influenced my thinking and has continued to do so to this day. There is a large caveat I want to share before continuing - be careful of the Zachman Framework because if you do base your enterprise architecture on it you will soon discover that making changes is a tedious process that ripples across the matrix. That said, I continue to believe in the basic concepts and components of the framework, and I also think that it is an excellent way to gain a view of an enterprise when you are attempting to model it.
Caveat aside, the techniques and many of the elements of the framework provided in this book are invaluable to creating any enterprise framework or initiating and managing a process improvement program. While Chapter 1 describes enterprise architecture planning in the context of the Zachman Framework, all of the subsequent chapters can be applied to any framework, which what makes this book as valuable today as it was a decade ago. Specifically, Chapter 3 (Planning), 5 (Enterprise Survey), 8 (Application Architecture), and 10 (Implementation Plan) are among the best of the best practices for approaching any project that is enterprise-wide in scope. For that reason I continue to keep my worn copy of this book nearby as a reference.
Despite my views on the Zachman Framework and some of its limitations and challenges, you may not have a choice - if you are on a team that is refactoring your enterprise in accordance with the Zachman Framework I recommend that you visit the Zachman Institute (see ASIN B00016NEXI) and augment the decade old material in this book with the up-to-date content available on that site.
If you are still in the exploratory stage and are considering this book because you want to learn more about either the Zachman Framework or EAP I recommend that you not only purchase this book (for the reasons cited above), but that you also read "How to Survive in the Jungle of Enterprise Architecture Framework: Creating or Choosing an Enterprise Architecture Framework" (ASIN 141201607X).
27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bb9b558) out of 5 stars EAP a Requirement for Aligning IT and Your Business 22 Jun. 2000
By Dr. Daniel C. Ashley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is an excellent book. It presents a complete plan of how to implement a business oriented strategy planning program that will align IT with the strategies being pursued by your organization. This book does not provide all of the answers. It points out, correctly and in an easy-to-read format, that you, as an IT executive, must adapt the program presented here to your own situation.
However, the program outline is more extensive and more valuable than any I've seen before. It is also better than the program outline that I've personally seen delivered by top name consulting firms.
Coupling this book with practicle experience, and readings on both total quality management, and marketing will provide the budding planner with a successful intellectual tool set for creating an improved IT/Business alignment.
Dan Ashley, PhD dcashley@aol.com
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bcd7f90) out of 5 stars A book for multiple audiences that stands the test of time 13 Jan. 2004
By therosen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I initially read this book at the start of my career as a systems analyst. The Zachman framework presented a great way to think about the relationships between systems, data, processes and business. Later on, as a project manager, it provided a more useful tool for understanding the importance of architecture in developing systems. In addition, it applies to architects and senior IT managers who want to make the most of their investment.
The writing displays the academic rigor of the author's background, as well as the applicability that comes from his wealth of experience. Perhaps this blend is best typified in the only application I've seen of reapplying (rewriting?) Deming's 14 points of management for an application in IT.
Perhaps what separates this book from most is how well it's held up over time. At 10 years old, it hasn't aged. If anything, in today's age of complexity, the relevance of a coherent understanding of architecture is more important than ever. This book will help you understand it.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c37edd4) out of 5 stars Very practical guide for EAP projects 14 Dec. 2006
By Scott Daggett - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The book focuses on the practical steps necessary to perform successful EAP rather than on theoretical concepts and is therefore useful as a guide in EAP projects. It aligns with the Zachman Framework for I.S. Architectures and that alignment is explained in the book. The forward was written by John Zachman and he gives it high marks (of course).

The book addresses the most difficult aspects of EAP--how to handle the political hurdles and human issues that can stop an EAP project dead in its tracks. In doing so, the author demonstrates keen insight and experience with technology projects in business. It's not just about those aspects, but they are included for the benefit of anyone going through an EAP process.

The book takes the logical approach of starting with the definition of the business according to its functions (business value chain), moving next to the high-level, conceptual definition of the data that is required by the business. It then uses that data model to define (not design) the conceptual application architecture and then, in turn, the conceptual technology architecture. There is a clear distinction between the conceptual architectures and the more concrete designs that occur at the lower levels of the Zachman Framework. The author makes a convincing argument that this high-level definition needs to be created before the lower-level designs or the efforts will fail to produce the desired results. Samples of reports, such as a Business Model and a Data Architecture report, are provided in the appendix. I highly recommend this book.
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