The Architecture function plays a vital support role in the Plan and Build phase for many organizations by providing clarity and purpose to the business strategy and ensuring the build programs and projects are aligned to the business strategy. The Architecture Function can also influence and support the Run function in a number of ways including SOA - Service Definition, Architecture and Governance.

In this paper Andrew Swindell outlines an approach to understanding where you are in the Architecture maturity cycle and what potential next steps can be taken to mature the Architecture function in your organization.