March 9, 2007

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Zachman Framework Has Military Origin

I find it very interesting indeed that John Zachman, creator of the infamous Zachman Framework for Enterprise Architecture, has a military background. Quoting from his bio on zachmaninternational.com:

Prior to joining IBM, he 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.

I get the feeling that military folk have a predaliction for applying hierarchical command and control conceptual models to whatever problems they face. The Zachman Framework is certainly a classic example of that kind of Newtonian, reductionist machine thinking.

This weekend I shall devote a portion of my remaining brain cells to the visualisation of an organic, de-centralised, evolving and holistic way of looking at the problem of large-scale business systems. I shall then sell this on mugs and t-shirts, and perhaps one day I will have my own institute and a photo of myself looking earnest and wise on the home page.

Posted 13 years, 9 months ago on March 9, 2007