John A. Zachman joins the Board of LEADing Practice

The father of today’s Enterprise Architecture and Enterprise Ontology thinking joins the Board of the largest Enterprise Standard organization.

“The Enterprise Architecture discipline has too low of a maturity level. It is way too siloed and it is focusing way too little about architecting the enterprise. The reason I therefore have joined the Board of Directors and thereby the work, is that I want to help and participate in creating the next level and new breed of Enterprise Standards that both define Enterprise Architecture, with fully integrated ontology, semantic relations and artifacts, that will benefit the industry as a whole. Enterprise Architecture needs to enable innovation and transformation across the enterprise, not only IT.”

John A. Zachman
Board of Directors
Father of Enterprise Architecture
Originator of the “The Zachman Framework

Once again, John A. Zachman signs his name into the history books by joining the elite Board of Directors, alongside with:

  • Prof. Dr. Dr. hc mult. August-Wilhelm Scheer
    Founder of Enterprise Architecture discipline
  • Prof. Mark von Rosing
    Founder of X-BPMN and the interconnection between Enterprise Architecture, Engineering & Modeling
  • Georg Etzel
    LEADing Practice, Co-CEO
  • Fred Cummins
    Co-chairman and standards pioneer
  • Henk Kuil
    LEAD Enterprise Architect at KLM/AirFrance
  • Rod Peacock
    LEAD Enterprise Architect at the European Patent Office
  • Bas Bach
    LEAD Business Architect at Dutch Railway
  • Thomas Christian Olsen
    Head of SCM Operations at Novozymes

The board is tasked, under the direction of Professor Mark von Rosing with developing a new breed of Enterprise Standards by strengthening the interconnection of Enterprise Modelling, Enterprise Engineering and Enterprise Architecture disciplines.

It is more than 30 years ago since John Zachman in 1982 created the first concepts around Enterprise Architecture in the public domain. Since then, various different enterprise architecture frameworks have been developed.

At present, there is a tremendous proliferation of architecture frameworks; hundreds are in current or recent use, and new ones are being created. Architects, architecting organizations and enterprises need ways to understand, choose and adapt architecture frameworks for their use.

“We are honored to have John Zachman join the Board and thereby continue to leave his mark on this generation by setting a new agenda for how organizations get value of architecture.”

Georg Etzel,
LEADing Practice, Co-CEO

Together with the Global University Alliance the standards organizations ISO, IEEE, CSIR and OMG, John Zachman will participate in largest and most comprehensive Enterprise Architecture research project to solicit information and research into basis for the comparison, assessment, and selection of architecture frameworks and their evolution as architecting as a practice matures.

For more information please visit Global University Alliance’s website.

The board is tasked, under the direction of Prof. Mark von Rosing to develop a new breed of Enterprise Standards by strengthening the interconnection of Enterprise Modelling, Enterprise Engineering and Enterprise Architecture disciplines.


John Arthur Zachman is the father of Enterprise Architecture and Enterprise Ontology thinking today. 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.

Executive Director of FEAC Institute (Federated Enterprise Architecture Certification Institute) awarding certifications in DoDAF (Department of Defense Architecture Framework), FEAF (Federal Enterprise Architecture Framework) and Zachman (Zachman Ontology).

Author of numerous books, articles and publications including seminal articles on Enterprise Architecture and teacher and apologist for the Ontological approach versus Methodological approaches for Enterprise Architecture. Co-author of “The Complete Business Process Handbook Volume 2: Extended Business Process Management.

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). Mr. Zachman retired from IBM in 1990, having served them for 26 years. He is the Founder and Chairman of his own education and consulting business, Zachman International®.

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 (DAMA-I) 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 Innovation. For more information visit

LEADing Practice is the #1 provider of Enterprise Standards. Recognized as a paradigm shift by the global business, governmental and IT communities to empower through its Reference Content, a structured way of thinking, working, modeling and implementation – enabling organizations to innovate, transform, and deliver value. LEADing Practice is acknowledged as a new breed of interconnected enterprise standards concepts and has been adopted by many fortune 500 organizations as well as Governments.

The Global University Alliance was founded in 2004 and is a non-profit organization and international consortium of university lecturers and researchers whose aim it is to provide a collaborative platform for academic research, analysis and development and to explore leading practices, best practices as well as to develop missing practices. The Global University Alliance currently consists of 450+ universities, lecturers and researchers from across the world and is growing rapidly in size and scope. For more information visit the Global University Alliance.