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Customer Success Story

Growing an Enterprise Architecture Program with Nürnberger Versicherung

Industry

Insurance

Headquarters

Nuremberg, Germany

Income from capital investments

$1 billion

Results

  • An enterprise-wide repository on IT architecture
  • Consolidated IT landscape
  • Automated status reviews on digital transformation initiatives
  • 150 monthly EA contributors

The Challenge

Lack of quick and clear architectural insights

In the not-so-distant past, Nürnberger Versicherung oversaw IT operations for its five major sales channels without a central database for its massive application landscape. Excel sheets, Confluence pages, and CMDBs containing information on its technologies and business processes were scattered throughout every corner of the German insurance company’s organization — a complexity that greatly hindered its ability to craft migration strategies when implementing digitalized services. The implications of not having immediate insights into Nürnberger Versicherung’s as-is architectural state were especially clear to the company’s CEO. So, in due order, an initiative was launched to integrate application data and technology owners throughout the enterprise to transition to more digitally-enabled insurance capabilities by 2025.

“Before the LeanIX EA Management tool, it was impossible for us to see the bigger picture of our digital transformation strategy.”

Andreas Michler,
Enterprise Architect, Nürnberger Versicherung

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The Solution

A fortified, distributive enterprise architecture program

Andreas Michler, an enterprise architect with Nürnberger Versicherung, explained the first step to overhaul its outdated IT management practices was establishing and then steadily expanding its architectural department. LeanIX was chosen as the tool of choice for this task as a direct result of its lean data model capable of fully replicating, without any alterations to its metadata, the digital environment the company envisioned for itself. Further, LeanIX provided the exact automated reports Michler and his teams needed to generate faster proof points for upper management into their digital transformation initiatives — reports such as the LeanIX Application Landscape, which provided configurable overviews of IT landscapes at varying points in time and matched to key business capabilities.

In calculated phases and via the LeanIX API, Nürnberger Versicherung began transferring all information on applications and IT components into LeanIX and set responsibilities among various user groups to collectively maintain the data. This process was kick-started by a LeanIX-hosted webinar to allow Michler and 80 other representatives from Nürnberger Versicherung a chance to become acquainted with the EA Management tool and align on needs together.

The Success

On-demand architectural insights to propel digital transformation strategies

In six months, Michler and his team used LeanIX to launch a distributive and collaboration-based EA program for Nürnberger Versicherung that has since grown to involve over 150 individual monthly users. 584 applications are now stored in LeanIX’s inventory and integrated into its automated reporting network. As a result, executives and software developers alike now have access to on-demand architectural insights to guide the insurance group on their way to its 2025 digital enterprise.

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