Working with Transformations

Learn how to define and manage Transformations in the Initiative Fact Sheet.

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LeanIX Architecture and Road Map Planning was previously known as Business Transformation Module (BTM).

Transformations are a feature in the Initiative Fact Sheets that help you detail the actionable changes in realizing a project. LeanIX Architecture and Road Map Planning provides predefined Transformations, such as ‘Rollout Application,’ ‘Upgrade Technology,’ ‘Decommission Interface,’ etc. When a Transformation is applied, LeanIX Architecture and Road Map automatically creates or updates relations and fields in the Fact Sheets affected by those Transformations. Additionally, those actions are automatically classified and can be seen as Impacts.

Modeling Transformations allows users to preview and contextualize the outcomes of IT Initiatives without implementing changes in the active (as-is) version of the architecture. In essence, Transformations provide a comprehensive way to assess and understand the potential effects of Initiatives before committing to implementation.

Transformation Templates

Architecture and Road Map Planning provides predefined templates to cover the most common changes for applications and interfaces. The templates provide sufficient context to help you easily complete them. As you fill out a template, the system automatically aggregates the impacts associated with each Transformation. Additionally, each template can be customized by defining additional impacts, but such customization is not obligatory.

The following table lists the available predefined templates:

Transformation TemplatePurpose
Introduce New ApplicationIntroduce a new Application to several Organizations and/or Business Capabilities.
Change Application TechnologyUpgrade or replace a technology of an Application.
Rollout ApplicationRoll out an existing Application to several Organization and/or Business Capabilities.
Discontinue ApplicationMove an Application into phase out.
Withdraw ApplicationRemove an Application from a selection of Organization and/or Business Capabilities.
Decommission ApplicationMove an Application to end of life.
Introduce New InterfaceIntroduce a new Interface.
Decommission InterfaceMove an Interface to end of life.
Change Interface TechnologyUpgrade or replace a technology of an Interface
Change Data TransferChange the data that is transferred via an Interface.

In addition to predefined Transformations, you can also define Custom Transformations tailored to document specific architectural changes according to your requirements.

Create and Manage Transformations

Transformations are outlined within Initiative Fact Sheets. You can manage them through a dedicated tab labeled Transformation, where you can create, edit, and execute various Transformations associated with your initiatives.

Create Transformations

To create a new Transformation, follow the below instructions:

  1. Navigate to the Transformation tab within the Initiative Fact Sheet. Click on New Transformation, which will open the Transformation template panel.

  2. Choose the needed template from the Transformation template panel. In the example shown below, we are introducing a new application.

  3. Fill in all the necessary fields in the template. In this instance, as we are introducing a new application, include details such as the application's name, the relevant Organization or region it is being introduced, the supported Business Capability, etc. Only the name of the Transformation is mandatory, and you can provide all other details later as well.

  4. Click Save.

    Creating Transformations

    Creating Transformations

With this, you have successfully created a Transformation item to introduce a new application. As an impact, a new Application Fact Sheet is created in your workspace.

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The status of the newly created Application Fact Sheet as part of Transformation item will remain as 'Planned,' and it won't be factored into the pricing of your edition until you choose to execute the transformation.

You can review the implied impacts and include additional impacts to the Fact Sheets in the scope. By default, all implied impacts create a direct relation to model changes. However, it's also possible to change this and use the “active from/until” field on the relation for added flexibility.

View and Manage Transformations

To view all Transformations affecting an Application or any specific Fact Sheet, navigate directly to the Fact Sheet's Transformation tab. In the Transformation tab of the Fact Sheets, you can view the initiatives in progress and edit or execute any Transformations.

Transformations

Transformations

Transformation Explorer provides an additional way to gain an overview of all existing Transformation items. Learn more about it in the later section - Transformation Explorer.

Edit Transformations

To edit a Transformation item, follow the below instructions:

  1. Navigate to the Transformation tab in the Fact Sheet.

  2. Hover over the Transformation you want to edit, and you will see the Edit button appear at the top right corner.

  3. Click Edit.

  4. Make the necessary edits to the required fields, and then click Save to finalize the changes.

    Editing Transformations

    Editing Transformations

Delete Transformations

To delete a Transformation item, follow the below instructions:

  1. Navigate to the Transformation tab in the Fact Sheet.

  2. Hover over the name of the Transformation you want to delete, and you will see the three-dot menu icon appear in the right corner.

  3. Click on the three-dot menu icon and select Delete

    Deleting Transformations

    Deleting Transformations

Execute Transformations

Executing the Transformation makes all implied impacts a reality. This implies that the impacts are now realized in your active as-is architecture.

To execute a Transformation item, follow the below instructions:

  1. Navigate to the Transformation tab in the Fact Sheet.
  2. Hover over the name of the Transformation you want to execute, and you will see the Execute button appear in the right corner.
  3. Click Execute to execute the Transformation.

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You can edit, delete or execute a Transformation from the Transformation Explorer as well. Learn more about it in the next section.

Transformation Explorer

The Transformations Explorer gives a comprehensive overview of all Transformations of the workspace. It allows you to search by name, apply sorting and filtering, make edits, delete, and execute Transformations - all in one centralized location.

To access the Transformations Explorer, follow these steps:

  1. In the Inventory, click on the Project Fact Sheet type. This action filters the inventory to display all Project Fact Sheets.

  2. Locate the Transformations Explorer button under the Additional Data section on the right panel.

  3. Click on the Transformations Explorer button to open it.

    Accessing Transformation Explorer

    Accessing Transformation Explorer

Filter Transformations

Filtering for Transformations relies on the filters set in the Inventory. By applying filters in the Inventory, you can narrow down and display specific Fact Sheets. After that, when you open the Transformations Explorer, only Transformations related to those filtered Fact Sheets will be displayed. This allows for a targeted view of Transformation associated with the filtered Fact Sheets.

  • Status: This refers to the current state or progress of a Transformation, with the following options - 'Open,' 'Not Executable,' 'Successful Execution,' and 'Failed Execution.'
  • Transformation Type: You can filter Transformations based on the type of Transformation template used.
  • Completion Date: This filter allows you to focus on Transformations completed at a specific point in time or within a defined time period.
  • Created (by): You can filter Transformations based on the user who initiated the creation.
  • Updated (by): This filter allows you to focus on Transformations that were recently modified by a specific user.

Sort Transformations

In the Transformations Explorer, you can sort the Transformations by: Fact Sheet Name, Status, Completion Date, Created by, and Updated by. This allows you to customize the display order of Transformations based on specific attributes.

Managing Fact Sheets Created by Transformations

The Fact Sheets created as part of the Transformation will maintain the status - 'Planned' until you decide to execute the Transformation. In Reports, you can use it as a filter criterion to narrow down to Fact Sheets created by Transformations. This filter criteria can be accessed under Transformation Status.

Transformation Status filter

Transformation Status filter

For proper deletion of a Fact Sheet created by a Transformation, instead of archiving it through the Fact Sheet menu, delete the Transformation from which it was created. This action will promptly remove the Fact Sheet from the inventory along with all associated relations.

Deleting Fact Sheet created by a Transformation

Deleting Fact Sheet created by a Transformation