Enterprise portals and Web services achieve enterprise integration through technology integration. However, enterprise integration also depends on business integration through enterprise architecture. This month we will review a recently published book, Enterprise Architecture using the Zachman Framework by Carol O'Rourke, Neal Fishman and Warren Selkow. In December 2001, at the annual ZIFA Forum (Zachman Institute for Framework Advancement) in Scottsdale, Arizona, my good friend Warren Selkow drew me aside to say they were writing a book to teach the concepts of Enterprise Architecture using the Zachman Framework.
They told me the book was to be a university text for undergraduates and graduates, but they also wanted to address the community-college level. It was also for business, government and defense organizations. This was an extremely ambitious undertaking! When they asked me if I would write the foreword, I accepted as my curiosity had been whetted. As they sent me each chapter to review, the significance of the book emerged. They were succeeding in their ambitious objective.
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