A software stack can be built piecemeal, but developing a vision for your stack and your business can streamline the process, getting to an effective stack that works for your business even faster. It will catch roadblocks and avoid wrong turns. To do this, identify the areas in your business of greatest need. Where are the biggest pain points or what processes cause your staff the most headaches. Also, match these to your business’s near-term and long-term goals. For example, are you planning to offer additional products or enter new markets? Once you have this list, prioritize them. Each layer of the stack can be tackled one step at a time if you choose.