Use Case

ERP Transformation

ERP transformation is a critical piece of an enterprise’s broader business and technology strategy. It is also one of the biggest projects an organization can undertake, affecting every part of the business.


Due to the complexity and high-level integration of ERP environments, the key success factors for a successful transformation are transparency of the current ERP and non-ERP landscape and proper milestone planning.

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Customer Story

Making “impossible” transformations possible

"Without the support of LeanIX, a cost-efficient and smooth transition from our old landscape to the new SAP S/4HANA software landscape would not have been possible."

Oliver Dawid, IT Enterprise Architect

Confidently navigate your ERP transformation with LeanIX

Enable a successful transformation with full visibility into your current software landscape and a roadmap towards the target state


Obtain complete transparency on the As-Is landscape and all interdependencies


Collaborate and align transformation initiatives with business capabilities and objectives


Build effective architectural roadmaps to successfully navigate ERP transformation

Explore the As-Is architecture and classify business capabilities

  • Identify and classify business capabilities into areas of innovation and differentiation using Gartner’s Pace-layering method
  • Identify and partner with relevant stakeholders across the business to effectively manage change ​throughout the transformation
  • Identify which parts of the As-Is IT architecture will be affected by the transformation
  • Make use of integration capabilities to increase data quality and reduce manual efforts of maintaining IT components

Model and compare transformation scenarios

  • Build a project discovery team and model scenarios based on the As-Is and To-Be landscape, for example, Greenfield (New Implementation), Brownfield (System Conversion) or Selective Data Transition
  • Define the impact of various scenarios on the current IT and business architecture (e.g., applications, processes, business interfaces)
  • Visualize the target ERP architecture for each scenario at various points in time and compare it with the current legacy architecture
  • Use Free Draw capabilities to model different architectures (e.g., one global ERP or multiple systems divided by region or business unit)

Use data to decide on the right transformation strategy

  • Identify dependencies between applications in the IT landscape
  • Make Master Data Management a collective IT priority to avoid data leakage or loss during the transformation
  • Use data flow diagrams to gain a complete overview of both ERP and non-ERP interfaces
  • Analyze integration architecture while focusing on select parts of the ERP landscape

Leverage our SAP Signavio integration for business process mapping

  • Identify business processes associated with capabilities affected by the transformation
  • Review key processes using SAP Signavio and decide if they should be kept or redesigned
  • Use the seamless integration with SAP Signavio to redesign and optimize processes
  • Leverage the transparency of the IT and process landscape to plan budgets and resources accordingly

Map out and plan the transformation roadmap

  • Create a transformation roadmap based on the selected strategy
  • Easily identify dependencies or conflicts and plan mitigation tactics early on to avoid budget or schedule overruns
  • Communicate project milestones for main and sub-projects (e.g., roll-out plan, start dates, testing & validation timelines, test cut-overs, and go-lives)
  • Track transformation progress to measure stages of completion and quantify cost savings
  • Keep EA documentation up-to-date and automatically execute impacts after the completion of a project or plan

Customer Story

Driving modernization with a single source of truth

"It’s hard to move to a better operating model if you don’t know what you’re actually doing or how things work today.
By establishing systems of record around process, technology, and business capabilities, Travis Perkins has laid the groundwork for true IT modernization."

David Crooks,
Enterprise Architect
SAP S/4HANA Transformation

LeanIX as source of truth for SAP Activate

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