John A. Zachman
John A. Zachman is the originator of the “Framework for Enterprise Architecture” (The Zachman
Framework™) which has received broad acceptance around the world as an integrative framework, an
ontology for descriptive representations for Enterprises.
Mr. Zachman is not only known for this work on Enterprise Architecture, but is also known for his early
contributions to IBM’s Information Strategy methodology (Business Systems Planning) as well as to
their Executive team planning techniques (Intensive Planning). He served IBM for 26 years, retiring in
1990 to devote his life to the science of Enterprise Architecture.
Mr. Zachman is the Founder and Chairman of his own education and consulting business, Zachman
International®. He is also Founder of the Zachman Institute™, a nonprofit organization devoted to
leveraging Zachman International's vast network of professionals and resources to offer services to small
businesses and nonprofit organizations as they prepare for and experience growth.
Mr. Zachman serves on the Executive Council for Information Management and Technology (ECIMT)
of the United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) and on the Advisory Board of the Data
Administration Management Association International (DAMAI) from whom he was awarded the 2002
Lifetime Achievement Award. He was awarded the 2009 Enterprise Architecture Professional Lifetime
Achievement Award from the Center for Advancement of the Enterprise Architecture Profession as well
as the 2004 Oakland University, Applied Technology in Business (ATIB), Award for IS Excellence and
Mr. Zachman has been focusing on Enterprise Architecture since 1970 and has written extensively on the
subject. He has facilitated innumerable executive team planning sessions. He travels nationally and
internationally, teaching and consulting, and is a popular conference speaker, known for his motivating
messages on Enterprise Architecture issues. He has spoken to many thousands of enterprise managers
and information professionals on every continent.
In addition to his professional activities, Mr. Zachman serves on the Elder Council of the Church on the
Way (First Foursquare Church of Van Nuys, California), the Board of Directors of Living Way
Ministries, a radio and television ministry of the Church on the Way, the President’s Cabinet of The
King’s University, the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Citywide Children’s Christian Choir, the
Board of Directors of Heavenworks, an international ministry to the Frenchspeaking
world and on the Board of Directors of Native Hope International, a Los Angelesbased
ministry to the Native American people.
Prior to joining IBM, Mr. Zachman served as a line officer in the United States Navy and is a retired
Commander in the U. S. Naval Reserve. He chaired a panel on "Planning, Development and Maintenance
Tools and Methods Integration" for the U. S. National Institute of Standards and Technology. He holds a
degree in Chemistry from Northwestern University, has taught at Tufts University, has served on the
Board of Councilors for the School of Library and Information Management at the University of
Southern California, as a Special Advisor to the School of Library and Information Management at
Emporia State University, on the Advisory Council to the School of Library and Information
Management at Dominican University and on the Advisory Board for the Data Resource Management
Program at the University of Washington. He has been a Fellow for the College of Business
Administration of the University of North Texas and currently is listed in Cambridge Who’s Who.