LeanIX Overview

LeanIX is the #9 ranked solution in our list of top Architecture Management tools. It is most often compared to Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect: LeanIX vs Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect

What is LeanIX?

LeanIX delivers collaborative Enterprise Architecture designed for modern IT. Our open, data-driven architecture management model helps organizations adapt to the evolving demands of digital. From agile to multi-cloud and beyond, architecture teams using LeanIX have the power to strategically support the business and report 45% reduction in time to value delivery. More than 90,000 users across enterprises worldwide rely on LeanIX to manage their IT landscape, including adidas, Bosch, 7Eleven, and Zalando.

LeanIX Buyer's Guide

Download the LeanIX Buyer's Guide including reviews and more. Updated: February 2021

LeanIX Customers

adidas, Bosch, Chico's, Haworth, Helvetia, KuKa, Osram, Telekom, TUI, Santander, Swarovski, Vaillant, 7Eleven, and Zalando.

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MichaelSukachev
Enterprise Architect at Teranet Inc.
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Oct 8, 2020
Saves us significant time when analyzing potential mergers and acquisitions and how our technologies match up

What is our primary use case?

LeanIX is an enterprise architecture management tool. In general, enterprise architecture is a comprehensive practice and this tool can be used for many aspects of the practice. Primarily, the tool manages Business Capabilities, Application, Technology and Data catalogues and linkages between them. The base package also includes the following catalogues that can be linked as well: User Groups - as the name suggests, user groups definition with different attributes Projects/Initiatives - very helpful for roadmapping exercises Interfaces - useful for various integrations modelling Technical… more »

Pros and Cons

  • "Among the most valuable features are the easy-to-use interface and the ability to get quick results... Many tools that I have seen are great for technical people and for giving technical and business information as well, but they're not as friendly and easy as LeanIX... It works well for both technical and business users. It provides a good combination, enabling you to quickly put valuable information in for both technical and non-technical people and derive results."
  • "Another area for improvement is that when you're starting to look into more advanced information, using the solution's APIs and its customizations, documentation for that specific aspect is not very good. There is not too much support built into the offering for that aspect, for a developer."

What other advice do I have?

It all depends on how you put together the inventory. You need to be cognizant of what kinds of information you will need and what kinds searches you foresee. It's a tool. There should be an enterprise architect who understands what outcome he is looking for. You can then build that outcome using Lean IX. It's a tool that has a specific way of working. You need to understand the tool very well and determine if it works for your use case, for whatever you're trying to achieve. So first of all, you need to know what you want to achieve. You will need to spend time to get an agreement…
reviewer1383426
Principal Enterprise Architect at a construction company with 201-500 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Jul 31, 2020
Easy to map fact sheets of EA domains and has a user-friendly UI/UX

What is our primary use case?

Cataloguing the application and system inventory. Develop data driven decision for business goals, Identify gaps in application presence are few key use case that we wanted to achieve.

Pros and Cons

  • "The most valuable features are that it's user-friendly and the user experience. It's easy to map the fact sheets."
  • "They should improve the out of the box connectors that they provide. They should see if clients are really ready to adapt them."

What other advice do I have?

LeanIX is typically a data center application. So first prepare your internal organization for data repository and where you want to conceptualize. Have that in hand and then speak to businesses, gather all the system information, and process information. Then go to LeanIX and start building based as per their model. So your part is only bringing your data to support the application. The native connectors look very attractive but comes with a huge price for certain products. Please be informed on price part before getting attracted towards the benefits that you are going get from those native…
Learn what your peers think about LeanIX. Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: February 2021.
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reviewer1321518
Consultant at a consultancy with 11-50 employees
Consultant
Top 10
Apr 20, 2020
Easy repository, high usability, and maintaining and adding new data to your repository is very easy

What is our primary use case?

Our primary use case is for architecture management. Signavio has a standard integration for BPM, but everything that is related to architecture is on the LeanIX side. It's application portfolio management, project portfolio management, engine components, and technology spec. It's for typical enterprise architecture.

Pros and Cons

  • "The usability is very high. It almost looks like a Facebook for Enterprise architecture, it's pretty nice. It's HTML5 based. The repository is very easy. It has 10 different ways of sorting the objects you have in your architecture repository. Maintaining new data or to add data to your repository is very easy."
  • "Not a ten because you always have that gap between complexity and easy to use. And the more complex the tool becomes, the more difficult it is to get the usability."

What other advice do I have?

My recommendation would depend on the use case. We cannot go to the customer and just advise them to have one kind of tool. It depends on what they have in the architecture and what kind of solution they want to have. Some companies are just fine with a seven-point solution. Some companies want to implement very difficult workflows. Then I would tend to use Alfabet from Software AG but it really depends on the use case. If you have a company that's setting up Enterprise Architecture and already has all the documents produced in Microsoft environments, iServer's a nice solution. It really…
CRMman677
CRM Manager at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Real User
Jul 30, 2019
Powerful and flexible tool for making good reports

What is our primary use case?

I primarily use the solution for business capabilities maps.

Pros and Cons

  • "We've been able to develop some nice looking reports, and the dashboard's capability to map is very easy compared to Enterprise Architect."
  • "It's hard to predict the pricing of the system."

What other advice do I have?

In terms of advice I would give to others thinking of using this solution, I would say that you need to be aware of what you want to achieve in terms of functionality and documentation. It has some limitations. I would rate this solution eight out of ten. It's a good solution in the sense of what it was designed for: formulating business capabilities, application factors, and managing dashboards. It's a very powerful and flexible tool for making nice reports. However, it's not made for handling tasks such as architecture design like Enterprise Architect is.