Modeling Best Practices

Below you will find real-world examples of how to map your company's infrastructure in the LeanIX data model. These examples are categorized by vendor and can be found in the left tab. Please get in touch if you would like us to include further use cases. We are constantly improving and expanding our modeling best practices.


Microsoft Dynamics

No Need to Reinvent the Wheel

Modeling complex IT systems can be challenging. The examples provided here can serve as a starting point and help accelerate the process of adding new systems in LeanIX. Additionally, you will get an overview of how to model Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), and Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) models in LeanIX.

Major IT Systems Modeled

Provided standard templates e.g., include:

  • SAP
  • Salesforce
  • Microsoft Office 365
  • Amazon Web Services
  • Microsoft Azure
  • Google Cloud Platform

Please note that your own models may differ from our best practice examples. This could be due to industry-specific Business Capabilities, the required degree of granularity in Technology Stacks, or a need for TRM- or cost-focused reporting which places a stronger emphasis on IT Components.

Import Templates

For most of our provided best practice models we offer import templates. You will always find them underneath the models in a blue information box, such as this one:


Import Templates

Information boxes like this one will provide a link to the import template underneath each model.

In order to successfully use the templates, below are some helpful tips:

  • Download the .zip archive to your computer and save it somewhere where you will easily find it again
  • Make sure to import the Excel files in the correct order, as indicated by the numbers in the first part of the file names
  • After you have finished importing the files, you can start to recreate the best practice model in the Diagrams section of LeanIX