Enterprise Architecture Uplift


Bring transparency to your complex IT landscape

Every company runs on applications. Continuously ensuring that the application portfolio is optimized to meet the organization’s operational and financial needs is the key to ongoing business success.

By reducing complexity, managing cost, and aligning applications with critical business capabilities, organizations can improve their overall effectiveness and competitiveness. A well-organized, up-to-date application repository is essential for all these initiatives – complex spreadsheets just can’t do the job.

Benefits from the LeanIX customer base

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$50M savings achieved with LeanIX
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30% of redundant apps removed within 6 months
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$1M of extra support costs avoided

Manage software complexity and costs with LeanIX

Create an inventory of all your Applications and map Business Capabilities

  • Get started by importing existing application data from Excel or through our well-documented open APIs
  • Leverage automated SaaS Discovery to find all your SaaS applications and add them to your inventory
  • Identify the stakeholders from business and IT responsible for each application and let them take ownership via subscriptions
  • Develop a Business Capability map either from scratch or import a best-practice Business Capability Map

Conduct an in-depth evaluation of each application

  • Document how your applications support and enable the business by linking them to business capabilities
  • Utilize Surveys to collect data on the business criticality of each application as well as its functional and technical fit within the organization
  • Link applications to their underpinning software and hardware IT Components to gain an overview of dependencies and associated costs

Design your target application portfolio

  • Use the Business Capability map to identify redundancies in the application landscape
  • Get an overview of data flows and dependencies between applications through provided and consumed interfaces
  • Identify candidates for rationalization with pre-defined reports helping analyze the costs and value of each application
  • Apply the Gartner TIME methodology (Tolerate, Invest, Migrate, Eliminate) to categorize your portfolio and find rationalization candidates

Develop the rationalization roadmap

  • Scope rationalization efforts according to business criticality and functional or organizational User Group
  • Define ways forward for each application in waves of short-term, medium-term, and long-term measures
  • Provide stakeholders with transparency into the current and target landscape with dashboards and reports
  • Plan for continuous rationalization so that your application portfolio remains agile continuously

The steps to successful integration with LeanIX

Mergers and acquisitions remain one of the fastest and most effective ways for companies to grow. But the challenges of bringing companies together have evolved.

Due to technology being intertwined, IT integrations of organizations are one of the biggest roadblocks to overcome during M&A activities. While keeping the day-to-day business running, two sets of capabilities and IT landscapes need to be combined. LeanIX creates the necessary transparency to streamline post-merger integration IT workstreams to realize maximum joint potential.

Map joint strategy to business capabilities

  • Capture and model Business Capabilities of the acquired organization
  • Map them to existing capabilities and derive a joint Business Capability map
  • Classify Business Capabilities with the Gartner Pace Layer method to align investments and resources

Create an integrated application landscape

  • Create a complete view of all applications from both companies and analyze them by usage and cost metrics
  • Collect feedback from business stakeholders on the functional and technical fit of applications (i.e., application owners)
  • Gain understandings of application integrations and dependencies to evaluate change efforts

Define paths forward for each application

  • Leverage LeanIX reports evaluating the applications by technical fit, functional fit, and lifecycle
  • Align on overall IT merging strategy: e.g., “best of both worlds” vs. “align on major platforms” vs. “the winner takes it all”
  • Apply the TIME model to define if applications should be tolerated (T), invested in (I), migrated (M), or eliminated (E)

Model impacts defining the target architecture

  • Identify successors for elimination and migration candidates
  • Document the future of Applications as impacts and set lifecycle dates accordingly
  • Compare different rationalization scenarios based on the modelled impacts

Build and share the integration roadmap

  • Set up projects to migrate and eliminate applications taking dependencies into account
  • Communicate timelines and impacts to business stakeholders
  • Share the visualization of the integrated Application Landscape at future points in time

Execute and track the integration project

  • Carry out the planned application harmonization
  • Automatically update architecture documentation by executing impacts when projects are completed
  • Track project status and measure stages of completion and savings

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