Enterprise Architecture Management (EAM) is one of the most important organizational capabilities today. As we have already shown, EAM encompasses the necessary methods and means for prudent planning of the IT landscape based on an organization’s strategic (and digital) goals.
EAM tools provide capabilities to collect and correlate information about many aspects of your IT landscape (e.g. applications, components, information flows, business supports, business services, service products) and have various reports and views to make this wealth of information visible and “digestible”.
Architecture management is most effective when the information collected in the EAM tool can be queried and displayed individually for all intended target groups. Each user (be it CIO, Enterprise Architect, Application Owner or others) receives exactly the information about the architecture that is most relevant to their tasks.
LeanIX is a relatively young member of the group of EAM tools (compared to tools such as Alfabet or ADOit). It is developed by the German-based LeanIX GmbH, is based on a very compact metamodel and is completely web-based.
It offers various reporting functions out of the box, e.g. application and project portfolios, cost reports, application and component landscapes, matrices and roadmaps and even a free drawing function.
For example, an IT conversion project may require a specific view of only a section of the IT landscape, or you may want to analyze certain information about some applications in preparation for an IT project (is the application business-critical, what data protection requirements should the application meet, etc.) (as shown in the picture above).