Macro Architecture

The macro-level of business architecture addresses the equivalent of the anatomy of an individual enterprise. There are many ways to look at the macro-architecture of business structure and functionality. A traditional organization chart is a point in time snapshot of how an enterprise has assigned responsibility for various functions. Enterprise reorganizations are commonplace, so an analytical framework can benefit from a macro-architectural view that is independent of the current organizational reporting structure. Such a macroscopic view recognizes functions, roles, and accountabilities beyond current authority structures. In a relatively unchanging way all enterprises need sensing mechanisms, information transmitters and expressers, memory maintainers, a locating function, producers of the intrinsic products and services of the business, resource maintainers, business relationship maintainers, arbiters of behavioral norms, strategic direction setters, and bottom line oriented managers.