As architects, we are all familiar with the famous six interrogatives. They are the fundamental six questions that we learned in writing class at school, or should have if we had been paying attention. Remember: Who, what, when, where, why, and how? These are also (and not accidentally) the same six interrogatives that correspond to the columns of the Zachman Framework™, which provide a complete ontology of the parts that make up the enterprise. But, there is one important question that also needs to be asked, and that is “how well” is the enterprise as a whole, and how are each of these parts working?
In this paper, Mike Rosen focuses on the increasing lack of our ability to understand what questions to ask, and then to make sure that the raw information is available to answer those questions.