LeanIX Extends Application Management Reach

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LeanIX today unveiled a catalog that enables DevOps teams to more easily track the relationships between microservices as they are built and deployed.

At the same time, the company also revealed it has acquired Cleanshelf, a provider of a platform for managing software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications.

LeanIX CEO André Christ said the Microservice Intelligence catalog will make it simpler for IT organizations to keep track of their ongoing software development efforts, while Cleanshelf provides the mechanism for centralizing management of SaaS applications that are now widely employed across the enterprise.

The Microservice Intelligence catalog is the latest addition to the LeanIX Continuous Transformation Platform used to manage enterprise applications. It automatically captures and correlates metadata being generated across disconnected toolchains, pipelines and Kubernetes clusters to create a 360-degree view of microservices and their dependencies, said Christ.

In addition to being integrated with the LeanIX Enterprise Application Suite, Microservice Intelligence comes with out-of-the-box connectors for Kubernetes, Jenkins, GitHub Actions and Red Hat OpenShift platforms.

By monitoring deployment frequencies, mean-time-to-recovery (MTTR) and failure rates, Christ noted it will become easier to make software engineering decisions based on data and insights surfaced via the Microservice Intelligence catalog. DevOps teams can also annotate the microservices recorded by the catalog to provide additional information, Christ added.

The Microservice Intelligence catalog provides the added benefit of making it easier to onboard new developers, said Christ. Each new member of a development team can, on their own, explore the overall application environment without requiring an IT team to dedicate someone to describe it each time a new member of a DevOps team is hired, Christ noted.

At the same time, other stakeholders, such as cybersecurity teams, can explore the application environment to better understand dependencies as well as the potential impact of a newly discovered vulnerability, Christ added.

In general, Christ said, as application life cycle management across the extended enterprise becomes more complex it’s clear new platforms will be required to manage legacy monolithic applications, emerging microservices-based applications and SaaS applications that, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, are being used to enable employees to work from home. The Cleanshelf platform, in particular, will be rebranded as LeanIX SaaS Intelligence to address that latter issue. A SaaS discovery and cataloging capability will also be made available as a free component of the LeanIX Application Portfolio Management module in the second quarter.

IT environments have never been more distributed, and it’s clear most organizations are under pressure to reduce the total cost of IT by centralizing management functions. It’s too costly to dedicate a management platform for each type of application deployed across an extended enterprise. LeanIX is making a case for a platform that enables IT organizations to finally centralize the management of application environments.

It’s unclear at what rate that centralization may occur, given the level of inertia that exists within most IT organizations today. However, as application lifecycle management continues to evolve, the centralization of the management of application portfolios that continue to grow is all but inevitable.

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