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Building an Enterprise Architecture ROI Case: Learnings from STIHL's IT Team

  • Winning senior stakeholder support with ROI case
  • Gaining centralized overview of entire application portfolio
  • Proving value of Enterprise Architecture
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“[With Ardoq] we save time and therefore, in the end, money. Ardoq is the single point of truth. There is no discussion on where to look when you need information.”

– Heiko Bromberger
Cloud and Data Governance at STIHL

Showing the ROI on a Data-Driven Overview

  • Lacked a transparent, complete overview  - Insufficient documentation of the portfolio, lack of clarity over ownership and compliance
  • Required proof of value - EA team needed a solid ROI case to get leadership buy-in for an EA platform
  • Needed to prove worthwhile investment  - team needed to communicate their progress and deliver as projected

How Ardoq Helped

“Our goal was to reduce the amount of effort needed to get information on our applications. It requires about a month's worth of time for one person—about €20,000—so Ardoq already pays off because we get the information in just one click.” – Robert Pröber, Cloud and Data Governance, STIHL



Key Outcomes With Ardoq

For the Enterprise Architecture team:

  • Bridged the gap between business and IT, by presenting EA data in a way that appealed to leadership’s unique business priorities
  • Flexibility to configure the platform to suit their unique business needs
  • A holistic viewpoint of the enterprise from both a technology and business perspective, reducing the risk and costs of shadow IT

For the whole organization:

  • Access to 360-degree insights on the organization
  • Maximize use of existing applications and capabilities to support business demands instead of wasting resources on duplicates
  • Improved communication and alignment on expectations between the business and IT


STIHL invested in driving digital transformation because they understand that digital products and services enhance the customer experience and helps them add valuable features to products. The goal was to enable capabilities for digital products on a global scale. However, each department used cloud technology in their own silos, creating a complex landscape with many disconnected initiatives and projects. They needed transparency into the complexity of the business-, data-, application- and technology architectures to enable strategic management. 

To achieve this, STIHL needed to gain complete governance of their application portfolio.  This required making a full transparent overview of their landscape so the IT team would be equipped to provide clarity on project timelines, increase visibility on technology and improve the brand’s time-to-market value.

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