Strategic architecture is the way that a business comes together from the ground up. This includes such pieces of information as the stakeholders, the mission and the vision of the company. Other important aspects include the plans for operation, the core strategies and the actions needed to accomplish them. Without a strategic architecture, a business is likely to falter because there are only so many resources available to meet goals at any given time. The strategic architecture, created by business experts, provides a long-term view of how the organization will grow, develop and succeed, and it often includes the technology that will support the company throughout the process.
Determining the core strategies helps a company decide on the main components of the business. These are the places where the organization wishes to excel and beat the competition, and an organization generally has to choose the areas on which it will focus. Actions are needed at this point — meaning realistic and measurable steps that can be taken to meet these goals. This helps take the mission statement and vision and narrow it into a much smaller focus that is reachable. All of these components combine to create a strategic architecture that is clear and manageable.