Archestra Frameworks

Architecture creates spaces for functions; strategy creates functions for spaces.

Archestra is a high-level concept that organizes learning, experiences and capabilities into a competency that has produced outcomes like those shown in the Archestra Research consulting and services.


The Archestra content studio is based on a set of curatorial frameworks for studying the architecture of enterprise strategy.

The studio collection evolves within several frames of reference. The frames of reference account for an underlying structure of related concepts about enterprisesthe strategies they use, and the architectures constraining and supporting the strategies.

Archestra’s research harvests decades of direct empirical observation for analysis, design and planning. The research generates the frameworks, models and descriptions identifying key factors for creating and enabling strategy, and for transforming operations.


A significant amount of material related to the frameworks is found online at SLIDESHARE and on PULSE  The content collection on Slideshare and Pulse both derives from and adds to the ongoing maintenance of the frameworks. They are complementary material to the studio work here on the Archestra site.


The Enterprise Framework identifies the key functional execution areas (columns) of the enterprise’s behavior in each of the logical “spaces” (rows) of strategic importance.

Archestra Enterprise Framework



The Topical Catalog organizes the Archestra research agenda into a knowledge base. The sequence of columns from left to right builds up the final OPPORTUNITY managed. The sequence of rows from bottom to top builds up the mature implementation of CAPABILITY to pursue opportunity. Each intersection of Opportunity and Capability identifies a singular focus of influence. Each intersection is surrounded by contiguous influences that are either success factors or clients of the focus

Archestra Topical Framework



The Archestra Solution Development Framework cross-references solution stages (columns) and solution requirements (rows). The left-to-right sequence of stages builds up a solution that can be validated. The bottom to top sequence of requirements builds up the hierarchy of dependencies that are managed to allow the appropriate solution to be produced for the demand. Each intersection of stage and requirements is articulated consistently as a group of identified relevant enablers that generate and sustain the produced solution. The four types of enablers never change but the specific instances of the types continually change due to the current or obtainable environment and decision makers of the solution’s enterprise client.

Archestra Solution Development Framework


All frameworks presented here are copyright Malcolm Ryder / Archestra Research.