Enterprise Architecture Frameworks

The Practice of Enterprise Architecture involves developing an architecture framework to describe a series of “current”, “intermediate” and “target” reference architectures and applying them to align change within the enterprise. Another set of terms for these are “as-is”, “to-be” and the “migration plan”.

These frameworks detail all relevant structure within the organization including business, applications, technology and data. This framework will provide a rigorous taxonomy and ontology that clearly identifies what processes a business performs and detailed information about how those processes are executed. The end product is a set of artifacts that describe in varying degrees of detail exactly what and how a business operates and what resources are required.

Casewise has built a unique library of Enterprise Architecture frameworks, all of which are highly regarded by many organizations and highly acknowledged by leading analyst companies. These frameworks have been designed specifically to help accelerate your organizational operations and projects easily and effectively.

The Casewise Framework

The Casewise Framework builds upon the industry standard Zachman Framework to offer structure, templates and guidance for teams to create accurate, valuable enterprise architecture models. Combining the powerful principles of the framework with the truly extensible repository of Casewise Modeler, the ability to create a focused and efficient Enterprise Architecture becomes a realistic proposition.

Panorama 360 from Insurance Frameworks

Panorama 360 includes an extensive Insurance and Wealth Management enterprise business architecture framework (Business Capability Map) with an integrated information model, detailed business reference processes including data models as well as three business oriented methodologies.  It is based on work performed all over the world.


The Casewise EA Foundation

The EA Foundation is a new model developed by Casewise which offers Enterprise Business Process Analysis and Enterprise Architecture best practices.  It enables organizations to quickly leverage the Casewise Suite and the Casewise Evolve collaboration platform to accelerate their EBPA and EA initiatives.  It is as customizable in its structure as it is in its norms and its methodology.

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  • Whether you are a DoD Organization, Civilian Agency or Systems Integrator, Casewise understands your challenges.
  • Whether you are embarking on an architecture-driven business transformation initiative or simply trying to comply with a mandate, Casewise understands your goals.
  • Whether you are migrating your existing DoD architecture to DoDAF Version 2.0 or launching a new program, Casewise understands how to achieve success.

Casewise Modeler for DoDAF2 – The most comprehensive solution to support DoDAF 2.0 and DM2 conformance

The Challenge –  As a result of the release of DoDAF Version 2.0, DoD programs are presented new challenges:

Conformance to the DM2 – The DoDAF directive states very clearly that data in an architecture repository must conform to DM2. However, the DM2 is a significant shift in metamodel terminology and the way in which DoD architecture data is structured. A great deal of time and effort will be required to understand the DM2 and how to structure traditional DoDAF information.

Migration to DoDAF 2.0 Viewpoints and Models – DoDAF 2.0 introduces new and modified Viewpoints and Models, defined as “templates for collecting information”, which enable the capture of a broader set of information about the architecture. The challenge for the DoDAF architect is in understanding the new models and how to use them and, more importantly, how to leverage and integrate the new models defined in DoDAF 2.0 and continue the proven approaches of DoDAF 1.x.

Development of “Fit-for-Purpose” – The introduction of Fit-for-Purpose views provides the means to present architecture models to non-architects for decision support and analysis. However, little guidance or instruction has been provided on exactly what this means and how it should be implemented.

Conversion of Existing DoDAF 1.x Architectures – For almost a decade, significant time and money has gone into the development of DoD architectures following the C4ISR and DoDAF versions 1.0 and 1.5. As a result there are large architecture datasets that need to be converted to the new standard. This will be a major undertaking in many cases.

The Solution – Casewise Modeler for DoDAF 2.0 (CMD2) provides the first comprehensive software solution designed specifically to expedite the conversion to and compliance with DoDAF 2.0. CMD2 offers a rich set of out-of-the-box capabilities that will enable DoD programs and organizations to:

  • Conform to DM2
  • Convert DoDAF 1.x data to DoDAF 2.0
  • Develop and present Fit-for-Purpose Views
  • Leverage new and modified DoDAF 2.0 Viewpoints and Models

CMD2 will equip you with the solutions necessary for you to improve your operations and achieve your objectives.

Federal Enterprise Architecture (FEA)

Enterprise Architecture is a recognized strategic and management best practice in the US Federal Government and the US Federal Enterprise Architecture (FEA) promotes increased levels of mission effectiveness by standardizing the development and use of architectures within and between Federal Agencies. This includes principles for using EA to help agencies eliminate waste and duplication, increase shared services, close performance gaps, and promote engagement among government, industry, and citizens.

Zachman Framework

The Zachman Framework is a framework for Enterprise Architecture which provides a formal and highly structured way of defining an enterprise. It uses a two-dimensional classification model based around the 6 basic communication interrogatives (What, How, Where, Who, When, and Why) intersecting 6 distinct model types which relate to stakeholder groups (Visionary, Owner, Designer, Builder, Implementer and Worker) to give a holistic view of the enterprise which is being modeled.

Originally conceived by John Zachman at IBM in the 1980’s, the framework is now a de facto world standard for expressing the basic elements of an Enterprise Architecture.