Revolutionizing enterprise architecture with landscape digital twins

In the fast-paced world of enterprise architecture, where SAP landscapes continually evolve, complexity often breeds inefficiency and siloed operations. Maintaining visibility and consistency across systems becomes a challenge, hindering agility and innovation. However, the concept of a digital twin offers a promising solution. A digital twin can provide a detailed map of the SAP application landscape to streamline operations and enable informed decisions. Let’s explore how leveraging digital twins within enterprise architecture (EA) can harmonize the SAP landscape through automation, innovation and cloud integration.


Landscape digital twins: The blueprint of the future

A digital twin serves as a comprehensive digital replica of the entire SAP environment, encompassing applications, data and their interconnectedness, including complex integrations. This IT solution aids CIOs, CTOs and EAs in decision-making by aligning IT strategy with business needs. By embracing a digital twin approach, organizations can realize several benefits:

Hurdles on the path to optimization

Optimizing the SAP landscape presents several challenges, particularly concerning data and integration:

  • Cloud vs. convergence: Weighing the benefits of migrating to the SAP cloud against the need for unified functions across regions. A digital twin helps in assessing extensions aligned with core strategies and data residency requirements.
  • Legacy vs. modern: Evaluating the trade-offs between maintaining legacy systems with custom workarounds and embracing the innovation offered by the SAP cloud.
  • Cutting costs: Streamlining systems to reduce dependencies and costs, facilitated by EA models that guide decisions on system selection and data flow optimization.
  • Smart spending: Strategizing system unification while avoiding unnecessary expenditure, with the digital twin providing insights for comparing deployment options and validating process variants.
  • Ecosystem choices: Assessing integration challenges and benefits against non-SAP solutions, aided by the digital twin’s comparative analysis and roadmap visualization.


LeanIX & Signavio: your optimization allies

SAP LeanIX is a powerful tool that acts as a central repository for SAP information, providing a clear overview of the IT landscape, including applications and their interconnections. SAP Signavio facilitates comprehensive business process mapping, enabling organizations to visualize, analyze and optimize their workflows efficiently. Together, they play pivotal roles in building and leveraging the digital twin.


LeanIX roadmaps: your guide to success

LeanIX’s Architecture and Road Map Planning feature extends the landscape digital twin journey, guiding organizations through the four key steps:


Crafting a seamless SAP landscape

By integrating digital twins with automation, cloud-first strategies and structured roadmap tools like LeanIX, organizations can unlock efficiency and innovation within the SAP landscape. This empowers businesses to adapt swiftly, reduce costs and drive innovation, paving the way for a more agile and competitive future.

This blog serves as a launchpad for your SAP landscape optimization journey. For further insights and guidance, connect with our experts and executives to navigate your path effectively and unleash the full potential of your SAP ecosystem.


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