Information FrameWork (IFW) Article

Download the original Systems Journal article (1996) and the 2011 update

This download includes the original article about Information FrameWork (IFW), written by Roger Evernden and published in IBM’s Systems Journal in 1996 (Volume 35, Issue 1) – plus a detailed rewrite of the original article, written in 2011, that brings the original up-to-date.

The 2011 Rewrite:

Information FrameWork (IFW) Article - 2011 Update

Information FrameWork (IFW) Article – 2011 Update

This article provides a detailed description of the Information FrameWork (IFW), explaining what the IFW is and how it differs from other enterprise architecture frameworks such as Zachman and TOGAF. It is an in-depth update of an article originally published in IBM’s Systems Journal. This is essential reading if you have an interest in architecture frameworks and want a better understanding of their purpose and structure.

72 pages, 20,000 words, available as a PDF file.

Here is the abstract:

“Since 1992 Information FrameWork (IFW) has provided the architectural foundation and framework for a set of models developed to support agile, component-based IT systems.

Although these models were aimed primarily for the Banking, Finance and Securities industry sector within IBM, the ideas and principles behind the architecture and the model have much wider applicability.

In 1996 I wrote a paper – published in IBM’s Systems Journal – to show how the Information FrameWork (IFW) built upon, but moved away from, the ideas presented by John Zachman in his Framework for Information Systems Architecture.

This is the 2011 update of my original paper – to examine how IFW has stood the test of time, and to use IFW as a case study to explore some possible universal truths about Enterprise Architecture.

It begins with a brief description of the Zachman framework – which was a starting point for my work on Information FrameWork. This is followed by the objectives and focus of Information FrameWork and a history of IFW.

The main body of the paper describes the structure of IFW in more detail – discussing the key things that I’ve learned from IFW about Enterprise Architecture, and concluding by suggesting how IFW might evolve in the future.”

The original 1996 IBM Systems Journal article:

Information FrameWork (IFW) - Systems Journal Article

Information FrameWork (IFW) – Systems Journal Article

“Abstract: John Zachman’s framework for information systems architecture has been widely discussed since its publication in the IBM Systems Journal in 1987. This paper shows how the development of the Information FrameWork (IFW) has built upon the ideas presented by Zachman. However, the objectives and scope of IFW are broader than that of the original Zachman framework. IFW is described and compared with the original Zachman structure, showing the evolution, changes, and the rationale behind the changes based on experiences from within the financial services industry. This paper also shows how the structure of IFW has been populated by industry-wide models and supported by a distinctive methodology. A detailed discussion of each of the six dimensions of the IFW architecture is presented.”

PDF file. Originally published in 1996 in IBM’s Systems Journal.

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