Use Case

Application Modernization

Upgrading your application landscape according to established best practices improves business performance, ensures IT security, and enables organizational agility.

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Migrating applications to the cloud is one of many approaches. To maximize the benefits of future-proofing your IT landscape, modernization requires proper planning, management, and tracking.

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SAP LeanIX for application modernization: The numbers

Customers have realized a number benefits using SAP LeanIX to drive application modernization, overcome technical debt, and create better user experiences.

75 %

Time savings when collecting critical data from stakeholders


Faster decisions when starting modernization projects

20 %

Increase in on-time Delivery of transformation projects


Application Modernization and Becoming Cloud-Native

E.ON Chief Architect Markus Rink describes E.ON’s application modernization journey with LeanIX, from strategy definition to implementation planning.
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Future-ready your application landscape with SAP LeanIX

Assess your application portfolio

  • Identify and document the business owner of each application
  • Use Surveys to collect all relevant data on your applications, including: version, lifecycle stage, hosting type, technical fit, functional fit, and business criticality
  • Categorize applications based on the TIME (Tolerate, Invest, Migrate, Eliminate) methodology

Evaluate the best modernization candidates

  • Assess dependencies impacting modernization with pre-defined Matrix reports and Data-Flow diagrams
  • Apply the 6R methodology (Rehost, Replatform, Rearchitect, Replace, Retain, Retire) to guide modernization planning
  • Prioritize applications into modernization waves based on business criticality and urgency

Model your target landscape and build a modernization roadmap

  • Use pre-defined Transformations (e.g., change application technology, decommission application) to streamline and accelerate modeling
  • Compare the impacts of planned Transformations on your As-Is landscape with dynamic visualizations
  • Develop a detailed, sequential roadmap for modernization and/ or migration to the cloud

Easily execute Transformations and document changes

  • Access a comprehensive list of changes planned for your application portfolio
  • Apply filters and execute on the defined changes to ensure they’re documented as you progress
  • Update your IT repository and reports after executing planned changes with a single click

Offer insights and track your progress

  • Keep different stakeholder groups informed with customized dashboards and maintain alignment through the modernization initiative
  • Track progress of your modernization and migration initiatives while providing an overview of what's still ahead
  • Ensure that your efforts are on track to meet your KPIs and quickly identify when adjustments are needed
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Why customers choose SAP LeanIX

Don't just take our word for it - read about how our customers have experienced SAP LeanIX to get on top of their IT Modernization.

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"User friendly and best in class EA tool Very easy to use, very user friendly and a great and easy UI. Enables collaboration with many users of different backgrounds. The provided services like Reference Catalogues are very valuable. Customer Success Managers are great!"
Verified User in Pharmaceuticals
Enterprise (> 1000 emp.)
May 09, 2023
"Lean EAM Tool with easy to understand user interface Collaboration, Easy Configuration, Simple User Interface, everybody can participate to feed in architecture content and also receive the content; Integrations are easy to set up"
Verified User in Automotive
Enterprise (> 1000 emp.)
May 09, 2023
"Great tool, focusing on impact, evolving rapidly.

Modern and ergonomic UI, great standard integrations, constantly getting better and expanding features.

Easy to understand and to explain Data Model ready for use. Focused approached on outcome and reports. LeanIX company culture is open, modern, agile. This is a really good partner with good influence, especially for us as a public company."

Henry N. - Enterprise Architect
Enterprise (> 1000 emp.)
May 09, 2023
"UCare innovation story Interface circle map, reports for application portfolio"
Brad E. - Business Architect Consultant
Enterprise (> 1000 emp.)
May 03, 2023
"Great product on an upward trajectory Easy to use. Simple to understand. Easy to get started. Powerful reporting."
Alan C. - Enterprise Architect
Enterprise (> 1000 emp.)
Jun 17, 2023
"Flexibility Configurability Simplicity Flexible to use its components *factsheets for a variety of purposes. Highly cofigurable to accomodate needs. Simple to intuitive to use. A tool not just for architects, but for a broader technical and even functional (business arch) community."
Verified User in Government Administration
Enterprise (> 1000 emp.)
Jun 07, 2023
"unlock exciting opportunities The LeanIX EA tool provides exxciting opportunities by e.g. introducing ESG matters in the portfolio. I highly value the PwC ESG tool as it unlocks necessary developments for now and the future."
Verified User in Food Production
Enterprise (> 1000 emp.)
May 09, 2023
"Great development since my first touch point in 2013. Lot‘s of functionalities, intuitive... Diagrams, structure, flexibility, new concepts ,..."
Verified User in Utilities
Enterprise (> 1000 emp.)
May 08, 2023
"Manage your IT landscape transformation with ease The tool is self-explanatory, but at the same time well documented. Once you get your data in, you can explore it from different perspectives using the reports or the diagrams. Best of all it evolves continuously."
Dan M. - Business Analyst
Enterprise (> 1000 emp.)
May 30, 2022
"Great achievements and outcomes with LeanIX. It was easy to migrate and start to use. It's simple, direct to the point, good user experience, great partnership with LeanIX constructing new factsheets to have a broader view of our IT Landscape. They are open to our suggestions and when possible insert them in the backlog of the product"
Andreia A. - Master Information Technology Analyst
Enterprise (> 1000 emp.)
May 11, 2022
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