The Landscape Report in LeanIX is a powerful tool that provides a high-level overview of an organization's IT landscape at a certain point in time or in a time frame, grouped by Business Capabilities, Tech Category, or others. The report features a heat map visualization that highlights areas of the landscape that require attention based on factors such as business criticality, technology age, and technical debt thereby providing a range of insight. By leveraging the Landscape Report in LeanIX, organizations can optimize their IT strategy, identify areas for improvement, and make informed decisions about their IT investments.
HOW is it useful?
The Landscape Report is useful for several reasons:
- Comprehensive view: The report provides a comprehensive view of an organization's IT landscape, which helps to understand the dependencies, interconnectivity, and overall structure of the technology environment.
- Rationalization and optimization: The report helps in identifying redundant applications, retire outdated systems, and reduce complexity and cost.
- Alignment: The report helps align IT with business goals by highlighting the technology components that support specific business capabilities.
- Prioritization: The report helps IT leaders decide which projects and investments are most important for the organization's success by identifying critical business capabilities and applications.
- Risk management: The report can also help organizations manage risk by identifying potential points of failure or security vulnerabilities in the IT landscape
LeanIX EAM BTM Module enriches your Landscape Reports by visualizing the impacts that are planned using transformations over time. Read more here.
Editing in Landscape Report
Within the report users are able to quickly modify tags, attributes, and relations to Fact Sheets using the Edit pane. In order to access the Edit pane in a Landscape report, select any of the Applications, that is click on the Application Fact Sheet that requires modification. A pane will appear on the right-hand side, displaying information about the Fact Sheet and offering the ability to edit its properties. Any adjustments made are immediately implemented within both the report and the Fact Sheet itself.
Only the Fact Sheet data that is actually displayed on the report is editable in the pane. A different view or setting (e.g., left and right property) can be applied to modify other Fact Sheet's data. Since the data represents the current state, editing is only available at the 'Today' date on the timeline, not for the report's past or future states.
Existing tags can be removed or news tags added to a Fact Sheet based on Fact Sheet type and if multiple or single tags from the tag group can be added. By clicking the Tags** area, you can directly add or remove tags in the Editing pane.
When no relation exists between the selected Fact Sheet and the Fact Sheet type by which they are clustered (here for e.g., Business Capability), the relation can be added by clicking on '+ Add relation' icon and selecting one of the Fact Sheets.
You are able to search by Fact Sheet name while selecting which one to add. You can also use the scrollbar to scroll through the available options.
Only direct relations to the currently displayed hierarchy levels of the clusters can be displayed. So if the hierarchy of the clusters in the report's view is expanded to the lowest level (e.g., level 3), all relations are visible and editable. However, if the view is aggregated to higher levels (e.g., level 1), no relations to clusters of the lower levels (e.g., level 2 and 3) are visible.
The Edit pane displays Fact Sheet data and its attributes based on the View and Settings of the report. For instance, if you select Functional Fit View, then in the Application Landscape Report the one selected will be editable in the Edit pane.
If you'd like to edit more than one field when using the Edit pane, you can quickly do so by adding them to the report properties from the Settings page.
Once both fields are enabled, you'll be able to view and edit them in the Edit pane window.
In Landscape reports, layout can be changed for different visualizations as well as for better condensation of information. To get to the different layout modes, simply use the Layout Mode drop-down menu and pick a mode.
Take for e.g., the Rolled-up Layout, in this layout the clusters get aggregated by the chosen view, by rolling up the contents of every cluster or cell.
The Rolled-up Layout allows for an easier consumption of more information and also to quickly spot and identify the issues in your Landscape Report.
New Detaitled Layout
We have improved the Detailed (Legacy) layout by introducing Detailed (New) layout. In the improved view there is more space for additional attributes, and provides a clearer view on the hierarchies while clustering the Fact Sheet type. This is the new default layout from the beginning of 2023, and the Detailed (Legacy) layout will be phased out.
In Landscape Reports, users can select two points in time on the time slider available at the top of the report (differential view). This way, users can quickly differentiate and gain insights into the changes in a given time frame.
In the differential view combined with the Rolled-up Layout, users can see the number of changes for each view bucket, in the example below in employee productivity, three tools are going to a phase out in the selected time frame:
In the Rolled-up Layout, upon clicking on any view bucket, a side pane opens, highlighting the changes:
On hovering over, it will also explain what change has been happening:
Users can also navigate from the side pane to a more specific "zoomed in" report by selecting New Landscape report from Show in drop-down menu.
The zoomed-in report opens in a new browser window with the following features:
- The name is changed to highlight the “zoom in”.
- Filters are changed so only the selected cell or cluster is shown
- Any other settings are copied over (e.g., differential view)
- Items in the cell or cluster are sorted by view legend
Multi-select fields visualization
The Landscape Report also supports multi-select fields. For example, you want to show in the Landscape Report your Data Objects clustered by Applications and select the Applications: Usage field as the View to show Create, Read, Update, or Delete fields. As you might be aware, an object can have multiple of that usage at the same time. It can create, read, update, and delete data simultaneously.
To visualize multi-select fields, Reports use an aggregation function (viewAggregation in the Meta-Model) to reduce multiple values into one color. For multi-select views, there can be MIN or MAX - the default being MAX. They are based on the order of the values in the Meta-Model configuration. The order is also reflected in the legend of the reports. So MIN will take the value most to the left & MAX most to the right. In the example above, the configuration is as follows: the default value is set to MAX then resulting “Delete” will always win then “Update” then “Read” and then “Create”.
A mechanism or visualization to highlight all CRUD operations (or rather all values of a multi-select) is not available.
Updated 2 months ago