Lifecycle Catalog

Previously known as LTLS

Overview

Lifecycle Catalog or previously known as LeanIX Technology Lifecycle Service (LTLS) provides provider lifecycle information for IT Components enabling users to understand technology obsolescence risks for their hardware and software and make better upgrade decisions.

Lifecycle Catalog enables LeanIX customers to use standardized IT Component names (Provider Name + Product Name + Version + Edition) and attach the correct provider lifecycles. In Q2-2021, LeanIX introduced a new, in-house service for technology lifecycle maintenance called Lifecycle Catalog. Lifecycle Catalog has a dedicated team and an established process to ensure continuous updates.

Key Features

Lifecycle Catalog offers a comprehensive list of attributes for your IT components, its lifecycles, provider, and tech category information.

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Name: name normalization (standard format: Provider Name + Product Name + Version + Edition)

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Version: specific version of the component

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Version Group: to group consecutive versions

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Provider: Manufacturer, seller of the component

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Lifecycles1: Plan, Phase-in, Active, Phase-out, End-of-life, & End-of-sale

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Tech Category

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URLs: to prove authenticity of lifecycles

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Successor Versions2: and latest available version

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Support Type: community/enterprise, free/paid

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Active Support: flag denoting whether the product has active support from the provider

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Support Policies: support schedule by Provider

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As of Date when data was updated by LeanIX

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Description of product from its website

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Websites of product & provider

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LeanIX Best Practice Tech Category 3

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Information

  1. Dates are provided whenever available on the provider's website
  2. Successor versions & LeanIX Best Practice Tech Category are not in the initial launch scope, but they will become available in future releases

Link into Lifecycle Catalog

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Search: easily search and browse Lifecycle Catalog catalog

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Side bar: to provide transparency on already linked Lifecycle Catalog entries

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Preview: detailed preview of attributes for specific IT component

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Information: detailed information on support availability & policies

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Lifecycle: intuitive display of lifecycle states and their respective dates


Lifecycle Catalog Configuration

You can now populate your IT Components Fact Sheets faster and more efficiently using Lifecycle Catalog. When you create a new Fact Sheet, you can immediately link that Fact Sheet into Lifecycle Catalog and get the Provider and Tech Category information linked to your Fact Sheet.

1. Enable Lifecycle Catalog Mapping in your workspace

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Click on Profile button.

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Go to Administration.

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Click on Reference Data on the left pane.

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You can select the fields you would like to Sync (Description, Version, IT Component Type, Life Cycle) from Lifecycle Catalog into your Fact Sheet.

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Check the Provider and Tech Category boxes to automatically add them from Lifecycle Catalog.

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Click Save.


2. Link Lifecycle Catalog

To start getting information from the Lifecycle Catalog into your IT Component Fact Sheet, you may start by creating a new Fact Sheet and then link the newly created Fact Sheet into the Lifecycle Catalog.

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Create a new Fact Sheet by clicking the New Fact Sheet.

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Set the Name of your Fact Sheet, then click Create.

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Once done, you will see an empty Fact Sheet. Now, you can populate the Fact Sheet by linking it to Lifecycle Catalog. To do so, Click on the Technology Lifecycle Service at the top of the right sidebar.

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You are directed to the Lifecycle Catalog page with pre-filled information from your Fact Sheet. Choose the correct search result from Lifecycle Catalog preview.

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Once you find the correct Lifecycle Catalog Fact Sheet, click Link to Fact Sheet. Now, your IT Component Fact Sheet is updated with Lifecycle Catalog information.


Report Missing Data

If you cannot find the correct component that you want to link in Lifecycle Catalog, you may proceed to request the missing component right from Lifecycle Catalog. Below showcases of how to do reporting for missing components.

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Create a new Fact Sheet.

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Link the newly created Fact Sheet to Lifecycle Catalog, by clicking on the Technology Lifecycle Service at the top of the right sidebar.

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Search for the correct component. If the result is empty, you can report on the missing component.

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Click on Report missing data in Lifecycle Catalog button on the left bottom corner.

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Fill the Provider Name, Product Full Name, Version, Edition, Request comment.

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Click Submit.

After reporting the missing component, when you go back to your Fact Sheet, you can see the updated information stating: Fact Sheet reported as missing.