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SAP Business Transformation Portfolio Expands With Addition of LeanIX

SAP Business Transformation Portfolio Expands With Addition of LeanIX

The News: SAP is acquiring LeanIX, an enterprise architecture management (EAM) software vendor, to broaden SAP’s business transformation product line and give customers new tools to incorporate AI-enabled process optimization. LeanIX has been a strategic partner of SAP and its SAP Signavio division for 10 years. Read the full Press Release about the acquisition on the SAP newsroom website.

SAP Business Transformation Portfolio Expands With Addition of LeanIX

Analyst Take: SAP’s business transformation product offerings for its global customers will get a solid boost with the company’s acquisition of LeanIX, which has been a strategic partner of SAP and its SAP Signavio division for a decade. LeanIX plays an important role for some 1,000 customers today with its software as a service (SaaS) application. The application gives enterprises an overview of their installed applications so that companies can monitor applications to check whether they are up to date or approaching the end of their operational lifecycles, to plan and implement target states, and to allow businesses to better plan their architectural roadmaps. In my view, this tool is important and valuable in helping enterprise IT leaders to better watch over the applications that are contributing to the success of their operations.

Another major capability of LeanIX is that it provides a foundation for AI-enabled process optimization within enterprises, which is a growing concern for enterprises. A new AI assistant recently unveiled by LeanIX helps businesses introduce the power of generative AI into their enterprise architecture management strategies, which is a timely addition. The new AI assistant increases automation today while providing a solid foundation for LeanIX customers to bring in IT intelligent recommendation engines and more capabilities in future business transformation plans, the company said.

The terms of the SAP and LeanIX deal, which was announced September 7, were not disclosed. The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2023, subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals.

How LeanIX Fits SAP’s Business Transformation Portfolio

By acquiring LeanIX, SAP is moving to add generative AI and other critical new features to help customers make their business transformation strategies more effective. I like this acquisition because I believe that it will help SAP achieve its goal of helping customers to navigate the constant business changes that can affect them and dramatically improve their business processes.

Another major benefit of this approach is that LeanIX complements SAP’s Signavio business process management suite of applications, which will expand business transformation capabilities to existing and new customers. This expansion will be particularly important as powerful new AI capabilities continue to be added to the products. I applaud when vendors empower their customers to improve and futureproof their business processes. This approach makes a lot of sense and delivers important flexibility.

Other benefits of LeanIX include enabling customers to overlay their operational process dependencies and to map the impacts of potential transformations on their IT landscapes, which are also valuable and forward-looking. These LeanIX transformational capabilities can be used together with SAP Signavio Process Transformation Suite, RISE with SAP, and SAP Business Technology Platform, giving SAP customers more ways to accomplish their business transformation goals. The LeanIX offerings can also be used to complement non-SAP infrastructures.

What It Means: Bringing LeanIX Into SAP’s Business Transformation Portfolio

This deal is a smart move by SAP to incorporate LeanIX and its EAM capabilities into the expanding SAP business transformation product line. At the same time, this acquisition helps further the value and importance of SAP products for customers around the world.

Giving enterprises a comprehensive, real-time view of their critical business applications and operational processes is important as companies dive further into business transformation strategies to stay ahead of the competition.

I believe it is exciting when leading technology companies such as SAP take initiatives like this one to show that they want to lead and change when new technologies such as AI and generative AI appear in the marketplace. By better serving its customers through this acquisition, SAP is again leading by example.

Disclosure: The Futurum Group is a research and advisory firm that engages or has engaged in research, analysis, and advisory services with many technology companies, including those mentioned in this article. The author does not hold any equity positions with any company mentioned in this article.

Analysis and opinions expressed herein are specific to the analyst individually and data and other information that might have been provided for validation, not those of The Futurum Group as a whole.

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Author Information

Todd joined The Futurum Group as an Analyst after over 20 years as a technology journalist covering such topic areas as artificial intelligence (AI), deep learning (DL), machine learning (ML), open source and Linux, high-performance computing, supercomputers, cloud computing, virtualization, containers and microservices, IT security and more.

Prior to his work with The Futurum Group, Todd previously served as managing editor of from 2020 through 2022 where he worked to drive coverage of AI use and innovation in the enterprise. He also served in the past as a staff writer for Computerworld and eWEEK and freelanced for a wide range of tech websites, including TechRepublic, Channel Futures and Channel Partners, Computerworld, PC World, Data Center Knowledge, IT Pro Today, and The Linux Foundation.

Todd holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. A Philadelphia native, he lives in Lancaster County, Pa., and spends his spare time tinkering with his vintage Mazda Miata convertible and collecting toy taxis from around the world.


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