Enterprise Architecture Body Of Knowledge (EABOK)

The Enterprise Architecture Body Of Knowledge

The Enterprise Architecture Body Of Knowledge (EABOK) is a definition of the body of knowledge for Enterprise Architecture.

The EABOK was developed by Mitre Corporation in 2004 but has not been refreshed or updated since. Much of the content for the EABOK remains relevant but the disipline of EA has evolved significantly since and there is some interest in the enterprise architecture community to update the EABOK

EABOK Author’s Description

Mitre Corporation describe the EABOK as follows:

The Guide to the Enterprise Architecture Body of Knowledge (EABOK) organizes and characterizes the knowledge content of the Enterprise Architecture (EA) discipline. This organization and characterization promotes a consistent view of EA, establishes the scope and bounds of the EA discipline, and places the discipline in the context of related disciplines. The EABOK subdivides EA into knowledge areas and topics within each area, presents an overview of the topic, and provides the reader references for further information. The EABOK is a guide to EA, not the body of knowledge itself.

This is a placeholder for now. I will be updating this post with my thoughts on the EABOK and how it might develop.

The EABOK Facebook page

The EABOK Facebook page describes the EABOK as follows:

The key to the EABOK is that it (and the discipline it describes) is evolving (with some of its knowledge areas yet to be fleshed out), and the way it places enterprise architecture in context. Because there are so many different frameworks and viewpoints about enterprise architecture, it provides a critique of alternatives (such as between the original Zachman Framework, TOGAF and DODAF). The bibliographies are particularly useful.

It treats Enterprise Architecture as not including merely diagrams and technical descriptions, but gives a holistic view that includes US legislative requirements and guidance, as well as giving technologists a better understanding of business needs with a quick explanation of the Value chain for a business as outlined by Michael Porter.


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