Press Release
May 23, 2024

LeanIX Brings Scalable AI Adoption and Governance to Enterprise Architecture

Expansion of feature set in industry-leading enterprise architecture solution allows organizations to accelerate and guide responsible AI adoption at scale

BONN, Germany and BOSTON, USA, May 23, 2024 LeanIX, an SAP company, today announced it has expanded and added to its enterprise architecture (EA) solutions to support scalable AI governance as companies seek to adopt AI responsibly. Having recently made AI capabilities available in its solutions, this expansion further empowers companies to:

  • Make AI adoption visible across the application landscape
  • Establish clear standards for assessing AI risk and business criticality
  • Create a shared understanding of where AI adoption can most benefit the organization
  • Empower EA and IT teams to implement and maintain technical standards for AI adoption
  • Ignite AI innovation throughout the enterprise

A survey conducted by LeanIX earlier this year revealed that 90% of companies see a comprehensive overview of AI usage in the organization as important or very important. At the same time, only 14% of respondents reported having such a comprehensive overview today.

To provide this much-needed visibility into AI adoption, LeanIX has expanded its meta model, adding an “AI Adoption and Governance” section to capture specific AI attributes of applications and IT components. These attributes describe the types of AI in use and how they are used, provide risk assessments based on the EU AI Act, and highlight the potential for AI to enhance the performance of a given application or IT component.

LeanIX has also introduced a new IT component subtype - “LLM” - with a dedicated sector in the technology radar report, allowing for easy visualization of AI in the landscape.

This expansion complements the AI capabilities already available in LeanIX solutions, capabilities making the tool more efficient and helping increase the productivity of enterprise architects. From generating descriptions to performing basic research and making EA recommendations, these AI capabilities empower EA teams and their partners in the business to better understand, update, and work with the data available in LeanIX solutions both to gain meaningful insights and facilitate decision-making.

“AI is already transforming how businesses operate, how they engage with customers, and how people get work done,” said André Christ, General Manager and Co-founder LeanIX. “With the rapid introduction of new legislation in the EU, the US, and elsewhere, the pressing need for effective AI governance becomes very clear. We aim to help companies maximize the potential of AI by making it possible to establish clear sightlines into AI usage while enabling the strategic, scalable adoption of AI wherever it may have the greatest impact.”

“When we talk about AI and EA,” said Rouven Morato, General Manager SAP Signavio and LeanIX, “we need to think about making things easy. Simply put, EA tools should make AI easier to adopt, and AI should make EA tools easier to use. Making sure these two elements consistently reinforce each other is essential for any company interested in remaining competitive into the future.”

To learn more about AI governance with LeanIX as well as the AI capabilities available in LeanIX, please visit

About LeanIX

LeanIX, an SAP company, is a market leader for enterprise architecture management (EAM), driving the modernization of IT landscapes and continuous business transformation. Its software-as-a-service solutions empower organizations to create transparency, enabling them to visualize, assess and manage the transition towards their target IT architecture. By offering a data-driven and automated approach enhanced with AI, LeanIX helps organizations make sound decisions and collaborate more effectively. LeanIX serves over 1,000 companies globally across various industries, including more than 10% of the Fortune 500 and half of the German DAX 40. Headquartered in Bonn, Germany, LeanIX has a strong international presence with offices in Boston (USA), London (UK), Paris (France), Amsterdam (Netherlands), and Ljubljana (Slovenia). In November 2023, LeanIX became part of SAP. For more information, visit

About SAP

SAP’s strategy is to help every business run as an intelligent, sustainable enterprise. As a market leader in enterprise application software, we help companies of all sizes and in all industries run at their best: SAP customers generate 87% of total global commerce. Our machine learning, Internet of Things (IoT), and advanced analytics technologies help turn customers’ businesses into intelligent enterprises. SAP helps give people and organizations deep business insight and fosters collaboration that helps them stay ahead of their competition. We simplify technology for companies so they can consume our software the way they want – without disruption. Our end-to-end suite of applications and services enables business and public customers across 26 industries globally to operate profitably, adapt continuously, and make a difference. With a global network of customers, partners, employees, and thought leaders, SAP helps the world run better and improve people’s lives. For more information, visit


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