FAQ Category: Framework

How does IT security functions at each level of the EA3 framework?

An integrated set security and privacy controls for the enterprise is created by including these considerations security in the planning, design, implementation, and operation of all EA components and artifacts. For information-centric enterprises, including IT security and data privacy as required design elements of EA components, and having leadership support at the strategic and line…
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How does the Spewak Enterprise Architecture Planning approach relate to the Zachman EA framework?

Spewak states that EAP is a method for developing the top two levels of Zachman’s Framework.

What are EA components and how do they relate to a framework?

While an EA framework provides an overall structure for modeling the enterprise’s business and technology operating environment, EA components are the working elements of the framework at each level. In other words, EA components are building blocks that create discrete parts of the overall IT operational capability. EA artifacts describe EA components.

What are some examples of artifacts at the Goals & Initiatives level of the EA3 Cube Framework?

Current Strategic Scenario, Strategic Goals, Initiatives, Measures.

What is the IDEF-0 modeling technique and how can it be used to document EA components at the Business Level of the EA3 framework?

The Integration Definition for Function, or IDEF technique. Developed in the mid-1970’s for modeling complex military projects, IDEF-0 uses Inputs, Outputs, Controls and Mechanisms (ICOM) to show the parts of an activity within an enterprise. IDEF-0 activity modeling is suitable for business process documentation in that it provides both high level context views, and more…
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What are some examples of artifacts at the Systems/Services level of the EA3 framework?

System Interface Diagram, System Communication Diagram, System Interface Matrix, System Data Flow Diagram, System/Operations Matrix, Systems Data Exchange Matrix, System Performance Matrix, System Evolution Diagram, and Web Application Diagram.

How can Business Process Improvement (BPI) and Business Process Reengineering (BPR) activities be reflected in future views at the Business Level of the EA3 framework?

There are four general types of changes to business services that occur: (1) the introduction of a completely new process, (2) elimination of an existing process, (3) major reengineering of an existing process, and (4) minor improvement of an existing process. Effective management at the Business Level requires that these changes be coordinated so that…
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How can changes in information flows and data structures be reflected in future views at the Information Level of the EA3 framework?

Future views of EA components and artifacts at the Information Level of the EA3 framework reflect changes that are anticipated in the collection and flows of information that are needed to support changes in business services (upward alignment) or changes that are anticipated at the Systems/Services Level or the Technology Infrastructure level of the EA3…
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How can changes in applications and functionality be reflected in future views at the Systems and Services Level of the EA3 framework?

The Systems/Services level of the EA 3 Cube Framework is organized around integrated plug-and-play components that are based on open standards, and reusable objects of code that underlie and enable a component-based and service-oriented approach to EA, as is promoted in the EA \n3 Cube Framework. \nVarious EA artifacts are used to document the future…
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How can changes in voice, data, and video networks be reflected in future views at the Network Infrastructure Level of the EA3 framework?

The Technology Infrastructure level of the EA 3 Cube Framework documents components such as the enterprise’s voice, data, and video networks, as well as the security solution that protects them. In that one of the goals of EA is to promote the integration of these networks into one seamless technology backbone, the future view of…
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