The Roadmap to Digitalization – Episode 2: Smart Scan for Digitalization

Digital transformation or digitalization is a widely (and wildly) discussed topic these days. Digitalization does not only offer an abundance of opportunities to reshape processes with new technology. It rather promises to change your company completely based on (data-driven) business models.

In our first episode on digitalization we proposed a general process for the creation of the Digital Roadmap. Today we would like to go deeper: How do I quickly analyze my existing IT landscape? How do I identify main strategic directions for my applications? To answer these questions, we propose a “Smart Scan for Digitalization”:

Smart Scan for Digitalization

We often ask our potential customers one question: Do you know you IT landscape, do you have transparency about its components and applications – and have you assessed your applications in terms of business criticality, strategy fit, cloud readiness, etc.? Without a positive answer no digitalization efforts are advised. Only knowledge about the as-is IT landscape allows to derive meaningful strategic options for applications to be incorporated in the Digital Roadmap.

“Smart Scan for Digitalization” is a means to get the above question answered. It comprises four steps:

  1. Capture business capabilities: First, a capability model of your business is created (with the aid of established industry-specific reference models).
  2. Capture application portfolio: The most important and critical of your applications are collected (using standardized Excel sheets or web-based surveys).
  3. Link business capabilities with applications: Linking both information shows which applications support which business capabilities or – put the other way round – which business capabilities depend on which applications to be performed (see an example from the Alfabet Enterprise Architecture Management tool below).digitalization-02-business-support-map
  4. Analyze and evaluate gathered data: Using matrix and graphical report capabilities different strategic options for the applications are identified – it may e.g. be useful to rethink and improve business processes (and their IT support) for core competencies rather than for commodities which in turn could be standardized and/or moved into the cloud.

The results of all steps are collected in an Enterprise Architecture Management tool, e.g. Alfabet or leanIX. This means all information about the IT landscape is stored in one place (single point of truth about the architecture) and is saved in a structured way using a meta model (consistent data).

“Smart Scan for Digitalization” is intended for CIOs to prepare for talks with the business side, especially when it comes to consequences to be drawn from digitalization and recommendations for the business.

Would you like to know more…? If you’re interested in the big picture, refer to the first episode of our digitalization blogs. There will be more episodes in the future. Next time, we’ll present the findings from an investigation we undertook with a school of applied sciences into the ways companies are addressing digitalization these days.

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SUCCESS STORY – Service Portfolio Management with alfabet: First Implementation successfully completed!

First implementation of alfabet’s service portfolio management module at one of our customers is now completed.

The customer manages e.g. the following information in alfabet:
– services and interdependencies between services
– service descriptions
– roles and responsibilities
– service lifecycle
– service costs and cost centers
– service prices for different countries

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The Roadmap to Digitalization

Digital transformation or digitalization is a widely (and wildly) discussed topic these days. Digitalization does not only offer an abundance of opportunities to reshape processes with new technology. It rather promises to change your company completely based on (data-driven) business models.

But: How are you going to tackle that abundance of opportunities? How do you define your new business models in an orderly fashion? Do you know how your current enterprise architecture supports your business model? And what needs to be done with your enterprise architecture in order to facilitate new digital business models?

These are the questions we would like to discuss in this and some upcoming articles. Today, we start with “the Digital Roadmap”.

The Digital Roadmap

Digitalization involves the danger to start with some quick initiatives (e.g. develop some “fancy” business apps) without taking a look at the big picture: Digitalization is always about business models and company strategy!

In ordert to address that, we use a four-step approach and a joint text document called “the Digital Roadmap”:

  1. Kick-off: Scope the project with the CIO and define first strategic directions
  2. Analysis phase: Evaluate the company’s situation (enterprise architecture, market situation, business processes etc.)
  3. Innovation phase: Collect ideas and develop business models in idea workshops and prepare project proposals for process improvements
  4. Governance: Establish the digital roadmapping process in the company

All activities from the four steps are recorded in “the Digital Roadmap”. All meetings, workshops etc. are collected in a timeline diagram with their (expected) outcome and associated realization projects (see the example below):digitalization-01-roadmap-template

“The Digital Roadmap” allows you to keep track of your “digital” activities, unite ideas from all corners of your company in business models and plan and control projects emanating from these business models.

Would you like to know more…? In the following article we would like to present a methodology for a quick evaluation of your company’s enterprise architecture. Hope, you stay interested and follow the discussion: What are the topics you discuss concerning digital transformation and digitization? Which question do you have when it comes to Enterprise Architecture Management and digitalization? Looking forward to reading your comments!

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CTI is leanIX certified Partner!


CTI has successfully completed the official certification program for leanIX certified Partners.

The bigger part of the IT Management Consulting Team is now certified.

CTI continues it’s strategy to integrate Enterprise Architecture Management knowledge with in-deepth tool know how.

Information about the standard interface between CTI’s Landscape Analyzer for SAP and leanIX is to be found here.

The photo shows several CTI Consultants with the leanIX Partner Manager Dominik Rose at CTI’s office in Kassel, Germany.



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CTI wins important alfabet redesign project for large car manufacturer

Customer relies on CTI Consulting’s long-years experience in Enterprise Architecture Management approach, tooling and modeling best practices.

Project activities cover the following aspects of the alfabet instance:

  • Evaluation and quality assurance of current modeling conventions for applications (SAP, non-SAP)
  • Capability based planning
  • Improving organizational structures for better joint planning
  • Defining modeling conventions for Microservices
  • Improving reporting
  • Improving usability

All evaluations are done based on CTI Consulting’s best practices EAM Tool improvement approach:



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CTI’s Landscape Analyzer for SAP with new Standard Interface for leanIX

CTI’s Landscape Analyzer for SAP provides a new out-of-the-box interface for leanIX.
It allows you to import your SAP system landscape into leanIX based on our best practice approach for modelling SAP.
The interface can also be customized according to your company’s individual requirements – e.g. if you are working with another mapping of SAP to the leanIX metamodel.

Interested? Please contact us: sales(at)

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