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About the Enterprise Architecture Research Forum (EARF)

The Enterprise Architecture Research Forum (EARF) is a research forum where industry, researchers and academia meet once a month to work on Enterprise Architecture related research focuses.


To be the recognised academic EA research body in Southern Africa that stimulates and coordinates research in the EA discipline.


Our mission is to provide an independent Enterprise Architecture research forum that meets on a regular basis with representatives from academia, research and industry. The focus of the forum includes, but is not limited to the following activities:

  • Engagement with EA industry, academia, researchers and practitioners in terms of:
  • Organising events such as conferences, workshops, discussions;
  • Initiating and facilitating conversation regarding EA with all stakeholders;
  • Promoting formal publication of EA research in accredited journals and other relevant publications;
  • Communication and sharing of EA ideas with relevant groups such as the OpenGroup, Zachman International and the TM Forum (Tele Management Forum);
  • Contribution to the development of EA as a discipline in higher education;
  • Identification of EA research topics.

Values and principles:

EARF will bring EA research and EA practice closer to each other – but the forum is research-oriented, meaning that it is not here to solve “one organisation’s problem”, but to identify “areas for research”. We will support:

  • The promotion of free speech relating to EA matters and as a forum we are neutral with regards to vendors, frameworks, technologies and methodologies.
  • Membership diversity in participation (membership from different communities).


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Contact: For more information contact Prof Alta van der Merwe via e-mail: alta at up dot ac dot za.

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