How was Training?

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“Excellent. Value for money.” - Enterprise Architect, Victorian Worksafe Authority, Australia, Aug 2010

Recommend PEAF?

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“Yes - It's very pragmatic and easy to understand” - Benedetti, A&P Consulting, Italy, Jun 2012



Here we present a method of categorising frameworks and ontologies The vertical axis ranges between the Theoretical and the Detailed, while the horizontal axis ranges between the Simple and the Complex.

The green area illustrates a domain of balance between these extremes, where the 80/20 rule applies and a good balance between simplicity and complexity and between theory and detail is achieved.

The red area illustrates a range where these categorisations stray too far into extremes and the opposite of the 80/20 rule applies.

The blue area illustrates a range between these points.

¨      Zachman is an Ontology and is therefore Simple & Theoretical. However, it could be said that it is too Simple and too Theoretical to enable easy adoption. It effectively provides Contextual guidance.

¨      TOGAF is very Detailed and Complex. It could be said that it is too complex and too detailed to enable easy adoption. It effectively provides Physical guidance.

There is a noticeable chasm between them.

¨      POET is an Ontology and therefore by definition tends towards the theoretical like Zachman. However, POET is less theoretical than Zachman with an appropriate level of complexity to make it easily usable. Zachman and POET do not compete. They are complementary to each other. It is not a question of Zachman or POET but more a question of Zachman and POET. It effectively provides Conceptual guidance.

¨      PEAF is a Framework and therefore, by definition, tends towards the Concrete like TOGAF. However, PEAF is less concrete with an appropriate level of complexity to make it easily usable. PEAF and TOGAF do not compete. They are complementary to each other. It is not a question of PEAF or TOGAF but more a question of PEAF and TOGAF. It effectively provides Logical guidance.

In this way, POET and PEAF bridge the chasm between Zachman and TOGAF.

 

Do you agree with this method of categorisation?

If not, why not and how would you draw the diagram?

Where would you place the Frameworks you currently use on this diagram?

Where would you put Zachman?

Where would you put TOGAF?

Where would you put POET?

Where would you put PEAF?

How do other frameworks you use fit?

What do you use to bridge the gaps between them?

 

 

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