LeanIX Valuable Features
Among the most valuable features are the easy-to-use interface and the ability to get quick results. Setting up an enterprise architecture practice, in general, is a lengthy process, and it's a learning process in many ways. A tool that is very open with a lot of capabilities can sometimes look intimidating. This tool doesn't look intimidating. EA practice is not only for technical people and that makes the usability of an EA tool like this very important.
We do talk a lot and engage with many business users and they need a little bit different approach than technical people. From that point of view, many tools that I have seen are great for technical people and for giving business information as well, but they're not as friendly and easy as LeanIX.
From an adoption perspective, it's much easier than Sparx Systems or Orbis. Those tools are more open but, at the same time, they are more sophisticated and more intimidating for non-technical people. LeanIX is built with a non-technical audience in mind as well. 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. The results may be a bit more predefined, but you can configure it as well.
It also has very good tagging abilities and a good search so you can segment your inventory based on your own preferences, not only according to something predefined by the vendor.
LeanIX is different from most of the other enterprise architecture tools. On the one hand, it's not as open as other tools, but from another perspective, it gives you a number of predefined ways to organize your inventory and your linkages.
It has a number of configurable reports or artifacts that are created based on the information that you input. The tools for creating automatic artifacts are pretty good, including diagrams and reports. At the end of the day, when it comes to inventory, you need to be able to report on it, provide an artifact, and show how many of each item you have.
And if you need to build something that is customized, it provides a very comprehensive API so you can build your own reports and tools, and configure the system as you wish. It opens up views from every angle. It does take a little bit of technical knowledge, specifically Node.js, to build it, but it's not too complicated. It provides a GraphQL API, which means it's not too difficult to build your own reports.
The visualization of your information is a very good aspect of the solution as well, the way you can share the information with others. It has multiple ways of doing so.
There are also integrations, as add-ons, with ServiceNow. It has the ability to go through all your environments and find everything you have installed. That can help you automate the gathering of the inventory list of your technologies. ServiceNow can use the definitions of the products you have defined in LeanIX. One important caveat here is that the CMDB and the ServiceNow part need to be managed well to make it happen.
There is another very useful add-on that connects your technology list with Technopedia. When you link to an item in Technopedia, it will bring all the information about the vendor's platform. And if there are changes, it will change yours as well, such as life cycles or when the product is going to be sunset. Valuable information can be taken from Technopedia in a very easy way.
There are other add-ons that we don't use. One of them is with Signavio, which is a BPM tool. If you have it, I think that add-on would be very valuable.
LeanIX has another offering that we are just looking at, to do the same type of discovery for cloud platforms. That means that with the correct configuration, you can monitor what kinds of cloud services you are using and have that information as building-blocks for your enterprise architecture.View full review »
Principal Enterprise Architect at a construction company with 201-500 employees
The most valuable features are that it's user-friendly and the user experience. It's easy to map the fact sheets. Instant access to data and reportsView full review »
Consultant at a consultancy with 11-50 employees
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.
The new feature LeanIX offers is actually that you have a so-called LeanIX store where you can download custom reports that already have been built and uploaded to the LeanIX store, partly for free. You can already download existing solutions or access new reports to your repository. You just add them. You just click add and they automatically add it.View full review »
CRM Manager at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
The flexibility in the reporting has been extremely valuable. We've been able to develop some nice looking reports and the dashboard's capability to map is very easy compared to Enterprise Architect.View full review »