Meta Model Configuration

Configure Name and Definition of a Fact Sheet


This section gives you several options for basic and advanced configurations of your Fact Sheets. As an overview, you will see the ten different Fact Sheet Types and their description and the defined renewal periods for the Quality Seals.

If you want to have the new colors of the LeanIX Fact Sheet types on your workspace, you will find the color codes in the picture below.


Fact Sheet Settings

Clicking one of the Fact Sheet Types will lead you to the Meta Model Configuration, where you can adapt the configurations of the Fact Sheet Type.

On this page, you can see every section of your Fact Sheet. You can select those sections by hovering on the specific area, allowing you to select the respective section easily. Once you select a section, you will see the configuration panel on the right side of the page. In that panel, you can adjust and configure the Fact Sheet.

You can also access the Fact Sheet settings from a Fact Sheet. To do this, go to the More actions menu in any Fact Sheet of the type you want to configure (see screenshot), and select Configuration.

Fact Sheet Name

In the Fact Sheet Name section, you have 4 options to choose from:

1. Configuration

You can adjust the color of the Fact Sheets, the Maximal Hierarchy Level, and the settings for On-the-fly creation. If you enable "On-the-fly" creation, you can create new Fact Sheets, as you want to add new relationships and the related Fact Sheet is not yet available.

2. Manage Translation

Admins can alter individual fields by default and customize Fact Sheets based on the preferred languages of their users. Non-admins can also select for themselves which language to operate in LeanIX overall. There are 5 languages available: English, German, Spanish, French, and Portuguese. This feature is intended to make the tool more accessible and increase its speed of adoption within global operations. In this panel, you can also define what to call a certain Fact Sheet in Singular form or Plural form.

3. Facets Configuration

On this panel, you can select and define which facets you wish to show by default for this Fact Sheet type in the inventory filter sidebar. Once users configure their own facets via the "Manage Facets" option in the inventory, they will only see those personalized custom facets until they select "Reset to default" again.

4. Completion Weights

The Completion weights in Fact Sheet settings will help you adapt the Fact Sheets Types that will help you stay focused on quality management and contribution of new data in Fact Sheets.

Adjusting the weights enables you to adapt the weight of an attribute. The higher the date, the more it will be counted toward completing the Fact Sheet. If the value is set to "0" the attribute will not be counted as completion, and the attribute will be marked with "optional" on the Fact Sheet.



You can check out the detailed information on the Completion Weights on the Completion weights impact on completion score documentation.

Fact Sheet body configuration

By performing similar actions as before, you can now quickly adjust each section of the Fact Sheet in detail.
You can toggle the visibility of certain portions of the Fact Sheet:

Add or remove subsections

You can quickly add or remove subsections by selecting a section and clicking on the + Add subsection button.

Create or remove relations

Creating relations

In addition to creating regular subsections, you can create new relations by clicking the + Add relation button. You are then able to configure the relation based on the following attributes:

  • Target Fact Sheet type: Dropdown with all available Fact Sheet types on your workspace.
  • Multiplicity: Allows you to define the cardinality of the relation, e.g., “Many to Many” or “Many to One”.
  • The section in target Fact Sheet type: Allows you to define which section of the target Fact Sheet type the relation should be visible.

When creating an additional relation to an already related Fact Sheet type, one more attribute is required:

  • Descriptor: This allows you to provide a unique identifier to differentiate between the already existing relation and the new relation.

Deleting relations

When a relation becomes obsolete, you can delete this permanently from your workspace by clicking the “Delete” button on the relation configuration view. Currently, relations can not be deleted under the following circumstances:

  • The relation is part of the Naming Rule of a Fact Sheet type
  • The relation has all Fact Sheet types as target Fact Sheet types e.g., Parent/Child relation
  • The relation is a constraining relation or is constrained by another relation
  • The relation has the same target Fact Sheet type as the source Fact Sheet type

This is because the above relations currently can not be reconfigured. Further updates to the functionality aim to cover those exceptions.



Deleting relations

Deleting a relation will remove the relation and all attached data from both sides of the relations. This is non reversible.

Please acknowledge that deleting fields or field values from your workspace will temporarily put your workspace in a read-only mode. No Fact Sheets can be modified while these changes are processed. Usually, the workspace should be in read-only mode not longer than 15 minutes.

Add and Delete fields or field values

Now the workspace admin has access to delete DataModel fields and field values. The admin can also create and configure fields in the Fact Sheet:

Enabling search for new fields

Note that new fields are not searchable by default. To enable searching, create the new field and then navigate to the Options tab (gear icon). Toggle the switches Include in full-text search and Include in quick search as needed.

If you have already created a field and need to enable searching, the only way is to delete data, re-create the field and toggle the switches before clicking on the Show Changes and Apply buttons. Take care to export your data before deleting and recreating the field.


Enabling search for new fields

Exercise caution when enabling search for new fields - too many fields can slow down search performance significantly.

Field widths

When choosing the Width for the field, you can choose between XS through XXL. This T-Shirt sizing is there to help you align the fields on the Fact Sheet page. Here, you can see the T-Shirt size comparison for the Type: String and Rendered as: Text Area:

Here is the size comparison for the Type: String and Rendered as: Text:

There is no character limit associated with the size. However, fields with content longer than 32.766 characters will cause an incorrect behavior on your workspace.


Special behavior for the category field

Admins can also create the category field on Fact Sheets types that do not have it by default. The category has special behaviour in the Inventory and Fact Sheet details page. End-users will be able to select it directly when creating new Fact Sheets.

Note: if the Category field is not immediately visible in the Facet Filter menu, please navigate to the Meta Model Configuration and define it as a default Facet. For more detailed instructions on how to do so see Default facet configuration

The special behaviour for this field is not available as a relation field.

To delete a field, the admin can select the field and will see the option on the right panel as shown below:

Like deleting a field, admins can also delete a field value. In the same panel, the admin can choose and proceed to delete the field value:



Fields starting with the prefix "lx" are internal fields used for integrations and other features. Deleting or changing fields, altering, adding or deleting field values of those fields might result in unwanted behaviour. We recommend to not delete or alter them, if necessary you can hide them from the Fact Sheet by moving the fields in the Unused section.

Please acknowledge that deleting fields or field values from your workspace will temporarily put your workspace in a read-only mode. No Fact Sheets can be modified while these changes are processed. Usually, the workspace should be in read-only mode not longer than 15 minutes.

During the read-only mode, the users will see this notification in their LeanIX workspace.

You will receive a confirmation email when you perform changes such as: deleting fields or field values. Other changes will be active immediately without an email confirmation.



You will receive this email when you do any changes in the configuration. This behavior is not specific to the deletion of fields inside the Self-Configuration, but works this way for all (mass) updates (Excel, GraphQL, Integrations). This is also necessary for auditing.

From the same panel, you can now reorder the field values by doing drag and drop to the desired positions.

You can find the Unused Fields and Relations sections at the end of the Fact Sheet configuration page. The fields in this section will not be visible anywhere in the LeanIX application. This way, you can hide fields in the main application without having all their data deleted and move them back to a "used" section on demand.

Apply Changes

After configuring the Fact Sheets, you can see all the changes you just made by clicking the Show changes button. Here, you can also safely review your changes before applying them.


Fact Sheet Completeness - best practice

The advanced settings are a great feature to get grip on tracking data completeness and stay focused in regard to adding new data. In regard to the completeness, make sure what use case you want to deliver and what data you need to do so. Afterward set the weight of those attributes to "0" which is not needed to deliver the use-case.

To reach 100% Fact Sheet completeness be sure that you have filled out every single field in a subsection. If there is a field without data you are not able to reach 100%.

Audit Log

You can see an overview of all historical configuration changes made on the “Audit Log” tab of the Meta Model Configuration. This overview summarises the changes, when they’ve been executed, and by who. Hoovering over the user and date entries provides additional information, such as the email and exact timing of the change.


Important Note

Currently the changes are reflected in the “Changes” column instead of the “Old Value” and “New Value” format you might be used to from the Audit Log on the Fact Sheet Details page. This is due to technical complexity on our side which we are currently not able to resolve, but will explore in the future.

Additionally we will enhance the Audit Log by providing filtering functionality on different aspects such as type, user and date.

Managing Fact Sheet Types

Creating a custom Fact Sheet type

In the Meta Model Configuration space, click on the Create Fact Sheet type button at the top left, and you will see the below view.

Enter the desired Internal name for your Custom Fact Sheet type. The Internal name of the Fact Sheet Type is not the name that will be displayed in your user interface but is used for API queries, GraphQL queries, and for Import and Export.



The internal name cannot be modified later.

In addition to the internal name, you must provide the translated labels for the new Fact Sheet type. Translating the currently logged-in user's language is mandatory, while other languages are optional. We recommend adding all translations for the languages relevant to your users immediately.

Once you submit the form, you will be taken to the Meta Model Configuration page of your new Fact Sheet type, where you can configure it further.



For some users it may be neccessary to submit a ticket to the support team when creating a new Fact Sheet type depending on the customer’s authorization model configuration. Permissions for Members and Viewers might have to be adjusted to allow any reading and editing for that new Fact Sheet type. This is because LeanIX uses whitelisting instead of blacklisting for the authorization model and when the default configuration has been changed so that the edit and read rights are to be set individually, then the new Fact Sheet type doesn’t get added by default.


The new custom Fact Sheet type will be visible in the Inventory when you create it. There is no functionality for hiding Fact Sheet types while they are not fully configured.

Reordering Fact Sheet types

Click the Change order button in the top right of the list of Fact Sheets types in your workspace. You can now change the position of each type using drag and drop. Click on the Save order to apply the changes. You may also click Cancel to discard the pending changes.



Admins have the right to create, delete and reorder Fact Sheet types.

Deleting a custom Fact Sheet type

You can delete any Fact Sheet type that is not part of the LeanIX default Fact Sheet types in the administration area of Meta Model Configuration.

To delete a custom Fact Sheet type, click the Delete button on the right end of the list item. A dialog will appear that presents you with the following data:

  • The number of Fact Sheets will be deleted. To have an accessible overview of which Fact Sheets will be deleted, we provide a direct link to the inventory of the affected Fact Sheets.
  • Relations that will be removed by deleting this Fact Sheet type.
  • The naming rules will be affected since they are referencing deleted relations. The deletion will fail if this results in duplicate Display Names of the affected Fact Sheet type.

Tick the checkbox to the left of the Delete button to confirm your decision, which makes the delete button accessible.

Deleting a Fact Sheet type may take a while if several Fact Sheets of that type exist in your workspace. We recommend performing such deletions outside of business hours to not create a negative experience for your end-users.

Deleted Fact Sheet types and the connected data can not be recovered.