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The SIM Guide to Enterprise Architecture

1st Edition

Edited by Leon Kappelman

CRC Press

330 pages | 127 B/W Illus.

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pub: 2009-10-26
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Enterprise architecture is leading IT’s way to the executive boardroom, as CIOs are now taking their place at the management table. Organizations investing their time, money, and talent in enterprise architecture (EA) have realized significant process improvement and competitive advantage. However, as these organizations discovered, it is one thing to acquire a game-changing technology but quite another to discover ways to use it well.

A project of the Society for Information Management’s Enterprise Architecture Working Group and edited by Leon A. Kappelman, The SIM Guide to Enterprise Architecture provides insights from leading authorities on EA, including John Zachman, Larry DeBoever, George Paras, Jeanne Ross, and Randy Hite. The book supplies a solid understanding of key concepts for effectively leveraging EA to redesign business processes, integrate services, and become an Information Age enterprise. Beginning with a look at current theory and frameworks, the book discusses the practical application of enterprise architecture and includes a wealth of best practices, resources, and references. It contains the SIM survey of IT organizations’ EA activities, which provides important metrics for evaluating progress and success.

Successful businesses exploit synergy among business functions and push the boundaries of process design. IT’s cross-functional position uniquely qualifies it to lead process innovation. EA lets CIOs integrate technology with business vision and is the roadmap for implementing new systems, changing behavior, and driving value. This book explores the vision, foundation, and enabling technology required to successfully transform organizations with enterprise architecture.


"… a visionary yet practical guide to perhaps the most fundamentally important topic facing enterprises today. It is the best and most comprehensive book that I have seen on the critically important topic of Enterprise Architecture and its ability to transform a company."

— Ed Trainor, CIO & Senior Vice President, IS, Amtrak

"The best in the field bringing clarity to EA. You’ll learn why its value for goal-oriented, integrated systems is undeniable."

— Joe Tenczar, Sr. Director of Technology/CIO, Hard Rock International

"A compelling book co-authored by the "who’s who" in the EA space. It provides deep and thorough coverage of this critical discipline, and is an excellent source for real world, practical insight and ideas."

— Michael Rapken - CIO and Executive Vice President, YRC Worldwide, Inc.

"… a powerful collection of research work all dealing with how to bring EA to your organization … as the complexity of enterprises continues to increase the importance of having a strong competency in EA becomes paramount. This book offers many perspectives on the approach to formalizing the process of EA within your organization."

— Doug Watson, Vice President, CIO Americas, Bacardi

"… a valuable and comprehensive reference that every practitioner should own. The topics that are covered reflect the maturing of this discipline and its increased value to enabling public and private sector organizations to be more agile and competitive."

— Scott Bernard, PhD, Deputy CIO, Federal Railroad Administration / Editor, Journal of Enterprise Architecture

From the Foreword:

"… a timely and important book … I hope it will encourage more IT professionals to aggressively lead business process design and implementation in their firms."

— Jeanne W. Ross, Director and Principal Research Scientist, Center for Information Systems Research, MIT Sloan School of Management

Table of Contents

Wha t Is EA? Why Does IT Matter?


What You Have Here

Reinventing the Wheel?

IT Starts between Your Ears

But IT Doesn’t Stop There


The Pioneers of Enterprise Architecture: A Panel Discussion, L.A. Kappelman

Enterprise Architecture Theory



Bridging the Chasm, L.A. Kappelman

Architecture Is Architecture Is Architecture, J.A. Zachman

Why Enterprise Architecture Matters: Surfing the Waves, B.V. Ballengee

To Be or Not to Be: Recognize Enterprise Architecture as a True Profession? M. Lane

John Zachman’s Concise Definition of the Zachman Framework, J.A. Zachman

Framework Standards: What’s It All About? J.A. Zachman

Enterprise Architecture as Politics: An Actor-Network Theory Perspective, A. Sidorova an L.A. Kappelman

EA Maturity Models, B. Salmans

Enterprise Architecture: Charting the Territory for Academic Research, L.A. Kappelman , T. McGinnis , A. Pettit , B. Salmans , and A.Sidorova

Enterprise Architecture Practice


Enterprise Architecture: Not Just Another Management Fad, L.A. Kappelman

Why Does E-Commerce Need Enterprise Architecture? E. Cannon

Using Language to Gain Control of Enterprise Architecture: On the Verge of Major Business Reengineering, G.F. Simons, L.A. Kappelman, and J.A. Zachman

Enterprise Architecture: Time for IT to Break Out! B. Ballengee

A Pragmatic Approach to a Highly Effective Enterprise Architecture Program, L.R. De Boever, G.S. Paras, and T. Westbr ock

The SIM Information Management Practices Survey, B. Salmans and L.A. Kappelman

The State of EA: Progress, Not Perfection

Detailed Survey Results

References and Resources

The Society for Information Management (SIM)

The SIM Enterprise Architecture Working Group

Bibliography, Suggested Readings, and Websites

Enterprise Architecture Glossary, L. Burgess , T. Ramakrishnan, B. Salmans, and L.A. Kappelman


Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
COMPUTERS / Systems Architecture / General
COMPUTERS / Information Technology
COMPUTERS / Software Development & Engineering / General