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LeanIX is paying close attention to how European publishing company Gruner + Jahr manages its multi-cloud environment. The Hamburg-based enterprise is a pioneer user of LeanIX Cloud Intelligence, the first module of the new LeanIX Cloud Native Suite and a solution designed to bring visibility and governance potential into multi-cloud environments like theirs.
LeanIX Cloud Intelligence uniquely provides a business context to cloud assets and enables its users to make comprehensive decisions regarding their hybrid IT landscapes. For countless other businesses who utilize multiple cloud vendors yet lack actionable oversight, Gruner + Jahr’s continuing achievements with the module are encouraging signs — and LeanIX will be following their progress every step of the way.
Here’s a collection of early insights as revealed by Gruner + Jahr’s Danny Worm (Enterprise Architect), Norbert Schramm (IT System Engineer Cloud), and Torben Jaster (Cloud System Architect) during a recent conversation with LeanIX CEO André Christ.
“LeanIX Cloud Intelligence helps us connect our operational architectures to our strategies while combining numerous management disciplines like project management and information security.”
Enterprise Architect, Gruner + Jahr
LeanIX Cloud Intelligence and Gruner + Jahr
Having first moved its digital unit to Amazon Web Services (AWS) over seven years ago, Gruner + Jahr has accrued 60-70 accounts with the vendor for use across different teams throughout its organization. Their cloud usage became even more diversified following a recent contract with Google and the launch of roughly 30 internal projects based on Google Cloud Platform (GCP). Now, in addition to AWS and GCP, Gruner + Jahr has adopted Microsoft Azure — a service it plans to use heavily in the coming years.
Like many other enterprises in the midst of cloud journeys, Gruner + Jahr initially struggled to gain reliable and consistent overviews into their decentralized applications. Even the basics of knowing where and why certain applications were running proved difficult, and when performing governance over the accounts and setting responsibilities for tasks like cost management, the addition of new cloud vendors only compounded the problem.
LeanIX Cloud Intelligence and Gruner + Jahr
Gruner + Jahr have identified several user groups in their organization who can benefit the most from increased visisbility into multi-cloud landscapes: (1) operating teams; (2) governance teams; (3) information security management systems teams; (4) IT solution architects; and (5) software development teams.
To aid in their adoption of ServiceNow, LeanIX Cloud Intelligence has allowed Gruner + Jahr to connect relevant details from their cloud landscape into its ServiceNow CMDB with a precision not before possible. Now, like other businesses currently using LeanIX Cloud Intelligence, Gruner + Jahr have begun identifying the tool as essentially a repository for the cloud. “We had been searching for a long time for a faster way to deliver data into our ServiceNow CMDB,” said Torben Jaster, Cloud Solution Architect at Gruner + Jahr. “It’s as if we now have a cloud CMDB — something we can use as a database into our cloud services and every instance running in the cloud.”
To roll out LeanIX Cloud Intelligence, Gruner + Jahr provided LeanIX’s technology partner Cloudockit with reading access for a first scan of its 60+ AWS accounts. Cloudockit is a Montreal-based maker of software that provides automated and up-to-date information on cloud environments that form the databases of LeanIX Cloud Intelligence inventories. Of note, Gruner + Jahr plan to use Cloudockit to scan cloud accounts from across its other cloud vendor platforms too.
By bridging the worlds of enterprise architecture and cloud architecture with LeanIX Cloud Intelligence, Gruner + Jahr have begun combining insights from the public cloud with on-premises application data to empower a variety of IT management disciplines. These users are no longer restricted to surface-level understandings into which cloud services are being utilized by a given application. In particular, by capitalizing on data-driven overviews of their cloud and EA landscapes, Gruner + Jahr’s teams are better capable of designing migration strategies and new solutions that encompass more than just rehosting. As well, the functionality of LeanIX Cloud Intelligence is offering Gruner + Jahr an enhanced operational vantage point to monitor and report on the status of their overall cloud transformation.
LeanIX is looking forward to reporting on the next step in Gruner + Jahr’s journey with LeanIX Cloud Intelligence. Their advancements with our tool offer tremendous learning opportunities for others seeking visibility into multi-cloud environments. For more information on anything discussed, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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