(June 06, 2017)

IT architecture in the digital age: More Agile, less legacies

Nowadays IT works at an amazing pace, releasing one application after another to increase the customer's experience, but as soon as they think they are near their goal, their IT architecture fails them and they must start again from scratch. The integration of legacy systems into the digital world means that one must resource to a lot of new measures, making this task very tedious…thus, no company should deceive itself (and its employees) into thinking that a new IT architecture can be built from nothing to get ahead in the digital age.

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(April 22, 2016)

Lean Enterprise Architecture Management (EAM) – The low-hanging fruits on the way to digital excellence

In our series of blog posts on the role of lean EAM on the way to digital transformation, today's post looks at the low hanging fruits waiting to be picked. The way to digital excellence is long and tedious, as organizational priorities, culture and politics must not be overlooked. One key recommendation is to regard the introduction of a lean EAM as a change management project. However don’t assume you will be able to address the entire change in one big-bang, but be prepared for an iterative, evolutionary approach. There are three main messages from change management experience that are inevitable:
  • Build strong, lasting coalitions.
  • Focus on business value early on.
  • Don’t condemn change - embrace it.
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(April 18, 2016)

LeanIX at Insight 2016 - Models drive Digital

This year's  Insight, the annual conference of our certified partner  MID, was dedicated to digitization. Existing business models are questioned and new ones evolve, with IT moving from supplier to core ingredient of these new models. More than 500 visitors at NürnbergMesse discussed in three parallel tracks about modern and innovative ways how companies can react to these challenges. Additional tracks were concerned with BPM, Agile, BI and SAP as well as with MID's products Innovator and  smartfacts. LeanIX was there as Gold Partner, with a booth and a talk.
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(April 14, 2016)

Lean Enterprise Architecture Management (EAM) as the backbone of digital transformation

In the second of our series of blog posts on lean EAM, we will be looking at how Enterprise Architecture can form the backbone of a company's digitization efforts. Since John Zachman published his ontological framework in 1987, many companies have seen central Enterprise Architecture teams evangelizing and pushing into the direction of Business-IT alignment. Almost 30 years later, the discipline EAM has evolved, standardization has been applied, e.g. TOGAF or Archimate, but in most companies, EAM has either failed completely or is reduced to a minor part, e.g. to IT architecture only. Effectively speaking, it plays in no way a critical role in advancing the mentioned transformation capabilities.
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(December 14, 2015)

Meeting the challenge of digitization head-on – lean EA paves the way for successful business transformation

LeanIX White Paper on Digital transformation
As an EA professional you cannot help but think about Digital Transformation, Internet of Things (IoT) - what impact will they have on my company, what will our role be in riding the crest of these waves? The answer is simple: we either embrace these transformations or prepare to be irrelevant. No other discipline is more critical to a successful adoption of these trends within an organization than the Enterprise Architecture discipline.

What is coming means a huge increase in digital (IT) systems with infinite ways of linking with each in an ever changing environment to meet new challenges and create competitive advantage. In this world when change is the norm, you need ways to control, understand and manage the assets that make up a digital company.
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(May 31, 2015)

LeanIX awarded as pioneering company in the field of Digital Transformation

The newspaper Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger and the Rotonda Business-Club awarded the LeanIX GmbH for pioneering work in the field of digital transformation. The jury consisted of representatives of several well-known organizations such as the University of Duisburg-Essen, Boston Consulting Group and REWE digital and honored the dedication shown by LeanIX.

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(March 10, 2013)

Acting like Pacman. When IT and Business chase each other

You probably still remember Pacman. It is this computer game where ghosts are chasing after a smiley. The smiley is trying to “eat” as many points as possible, while the ghost are running more or less coordinated after him. If the ghost catches the smiley, the smiley dies. The clue of the game is to move the smiley clever in order to avoid the ghosts and catch points at the same time. Bonus points change the situation: The smiley is becoming invulnerable and can now chase the ghosts.
We find some similarities if we look at everyday life in some IT organizations. The smiley represents the business and the points it is eating are the tasks the business has to fulfill. The ghosts represent IT managers. Most of the time IT managers are working on their own account and the business avoids contact with them as well.
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(June 13, 2012)

Grow or let go the CMDB – will it vanish into the Cloud(s)?

Most IT managers who aim to deliver high-quality IT services for their business and customers probably came across the IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL) before. As a collection of good practices ITIL helps companies to organize and setup a professional IT service management. The Configuration Management Database (CMDB) is considered as the information backbone for these processes. It contains a 360 degree view on the underlying IT assets like servers, network or applications. This information is crucial for the IT support staff e.g. in order to resolve support tickets in short response time.

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(May 12, 2012)

The consumerized CIO

Cloud computing, especially SaaS, is one of the most interesting trends in IT, since it will restructure the entire way of how IT is managed. Users benefit from their new gained freedom to elect services individually and more quickly. IT can concentrate more on the management of the IT portfolio than managing incidents. But in extreme, the number of provider per application will converge to ONE. This means that the role of CIOs and IT manager is undergoing massive changes.
SaaS will lead to the effect that every application can be delivered and operated by a different provider, in contrast to today where IT is aiming to consolidate whatever possible to reduce management complexity - be it the number of applications or the number of provider to enhance manageability. In addition, SaaS enables the end user to directly order new applications at any time bypassing IT. This means for CIOs that they have to deal with frequent application changes, many different providers to keep track of, and changes in the application portfolio without their decision. Furthermore, every provider integrates with different other tools or offers a dedicated marketplace for additional products.
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(March 20, 2012)

Create information and not big data

Big data is a very hot topic for IT organizations at this time. This is because we generate more and more data and data details as it is no big deal for an IT system. It seems easier to just collect data in the beginning instead of thinking about their need and purpose. This trend is also visible in systems for the management of IT organizations. Let us take a closer look at these systems.

We have heard about all the fantastic analysis capabilities that other Enterprise Achitecture and IT Portfolio management products have built-in. One of the systems provides 1.500 standard reports out-of-the box. If this is not enough you can even analyse all available data with a multidimensional-data cube.This is amazing, because it makes me feel that whatever I need I will find a report. That must be a very well-designed product. They must have put a lot of effort into details.

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