This chapter has focused on the upstream and downstream influences on architecture, which the architect must interpret and condense in order to reduce ambiguity. The architect must always be prepared to declare a current valid information set so that others can work, understanding that it might be corrected and updated. The influences presented in this chapter include:
An understanding of corporate strategy, so that the guidance on investment of resources is known to the architect, and the development can be aligned with major initiatives of the enterprise.
Close cooperation with marketing, so that stakeholders can be mutually appreciated, markets defined and segmented, and competition understood.
An understanding of the current ...