The Inventory is LeanIX's central repository where all data about your microservices and their dependencies is stored and managed. Most of the data in the Value Stream Management (VSM) inventory is created and maintained automatically. In this section, you will learn how to find and filter information in the inventory.

All objects (Software Artifact, Deployment, Team, etc.) in the inventory are stored in individual Fact Sheets that represent available information. Each object type possesses its own Fact Sheet template.

The inventory comes with 2 types of views from which you can filter as well as navigate to individual factsheets:

In the standard view for every Fact Sheet, the most important information is displayed, incl.

  1. Qualitative Information: Brief description, your role in regards to this Fact Sheet, completeness, and last update
  2. Classifying Information: Fact Sheet Type and Tags

An more detailed view on the inventory is the Table View. It illustrates the inventory in a classic table style. Just click "As Table" in the upper right corner of the inventory.
As a default, it will only show the name and the type of the factsheet. To see additional information you need to visualise the desired information explicitly.

  1. Fact Sheet Type: Choose Software Artifacts to reduce the Fact Sheet Types you will see in the table.
  2. Select Table view: Click the icon "As Table" to show the Fact Sheet as list in the table.
  3. Select Columns: Click the icon "Select columns" to enter the dropdown menu that shows you all information, which is available on the respective Fact Sheet Type.
  4. Make columns visible: As you click on the eye icon next to every category of the dropdown, the category will appear in the table. You can drag the categories within the menu to define the sequence of its appearance in the table. 

Search, Filter, and Find

Since there can be thousands of objects within ones’ repository, it is important to find the right piece of information within a short time. LeanIX has several options on how to get the right information in a very easy way.

The most comprehensive way to find factsheets is by using the smart search feature. You activate it by pressing the magnifier right next to the filters in the inventory.
The smart search not only shows you the Fact Sheet but searches for tags, categories, or relations.

If the name of the object is known to the user, you can search for the object via the Jump to a Fact Sheet menu on the top of the page. Matching strings within an object’s name are underlined, all other objects, which are listed, contain the search term within a text field (e.g. description) of the Fact Sheet.

If the name of the object is not known, you can narrow the total amount of Fact Sheets down by using the Filter options (cp. Dual Axis Filtering) right above the Fact Sheet List.

Here you can select any available filter to search for a specific object. Once selected, the filter settings can be saved or, if already saved and changed, later cleared. Please note that the available filter options depend on the object to search for. We recommend selecting the type of object which is searched before the filter options are adjusted. This is, for example, helpful when a list of all objects of a certain type is requested (e.g. a list of all software artifacts).

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