Having the proper architectural set-up is a prerequisite to successful orchestration.

Orchestration demands a strong leader

In an orchestrated network several parties collaborate to create value. The leader is the orchestrator putting together participants with different, complementary capabilities. The leader’s success lies in bringing the network members together to provide an extraordinary performance.

The interaction between the leader, the customer(s), and the network members form the operational part of the orchestration architecture. Depending on the degree of improvisation, the role of the game plan varies. If the orchestrated performance is mostly building on familiar elements, then the game plan provides efficiency and high performance. However, if the situation is new, there is a need for more improvisation.

Shared goals and shared risks

Innovativeness asks for trust and collaboration. The key is to create shared situational awareness, provide incentives for information sharing and motivate strong intellectual and emotional desire to achieve something extraordinary. This forms the social architecture.

The information architecture supports situational awareness and facilitates collective knowledge sharing thereby forming the basis for co-specialization and collaborative capability building. It also encourages unexpected positive self-organization to take place. The open sharing of information has a profound community strengthening impact. A well-functioning information architecture requires the integration of data structures, technology, and organizing.