Chris Collins has written a good Introduction to the Zachman Framework that I recommend with a caution: I do not accept that John Zachman fully understands what he is talking about. What this means to me is I will be gradually divorcing myself from using the term Zachman Framework and use the term “Systema” instead. He himself acknowledges that he borrowed his concept from the six interrogatives and construction terminology and from all I’ve read I do not feel that John ever fully explored what he used indepth.
If he had he would have realized there is only one true dimension which are the six unities, which I borrow modified from Aristotle. Every new dimension is simply a repeat of the six unities.
My terminology continues to evolve:
- Causus: Problem – The Mavin – provides niche – possibility
- Cognitus: Hypothesis – The Connector – provides associations – compatibility
- Artus: Method – The Salesman – provides purchase rationale – reliability
- Datus: Apparatus – The Accountant – provides mass market – economy
- Eventus: Result – The Secretary – provides delivery schedule – accessibility
- Locus: Location – The Receptionist – provides product touchpoints – geography
This brings to mind The Innovator’s Dilemma and shows that the tipping point is between reliability and economy.
He would have also pointed out that there are only four fundamental verbs that can be performed on the six factors. I am still refining the icon design.