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What Does the recent SAP / IDS Scheer Announcement Really Mean?

SAP and IDS Scheer recently announced that they would be expanding their reseller agreement for ARIS platform globally.  As you probably know, SAP has been reselling the ARIS for SAP NetWeaver business process modeling product for some time now and you may be wondering how the products mentioned in the press release relate to the ARIS for SAP NetWeaver product.  As of 2003 IDS Scheer and SAP offered the ARIS modeling tool as a joint brand “ARIS for SAP NetWeaver”. ARIS for SAP NetWeaver provides a seamless integration with SAP Solution Manager and interfaces with the SAP NetWeaver Enterprise Services Repository based on open standards (BPEL, WSDL).  With the new agreement SAP and IDS Scheer extend their partnership to cover the complete corporate architecture of a company, from business process architecture to IT and information architecture and advanced simulation and optimization of business processes on a conceptual level.  The former ARIS for SAP NetWeaver product is being incorporated into the new product offerings.  These new offerings combine web-based components supporting the process lifecycle for business process design, analysis, optimization and implementation. Also it includes capabilities to document BI metadata and to measure the performance and visualize the structure of as-is business processes. The new offering extends the goals of enterprise modeling, like business process analysis, process governance and standardization, as well as process simulation and optimization to a corporate architecture. The capabilities for process performance management allow you to close the loop and establish continuous process optimization.

New Product Offerings
  • SAP Business Designer by IDS Scheer
    • ARIS Business Designer
    • SAP Connectivity (IDS Branding: ARIS for SAP NetWeaver)
  • SAP Enterprise Modeling by IDS Scheer
    • ARIS Business Architect
    • ARIS IT Architect
    • ARIS BI Modeler
    • SAP Connectivity (IDS Branding: ARIS for SAP NetWeaver)
  • SAP Business Server and Publisher by IDS Scheer
    • ARIS Business Publisher
    • ARIS Business Server
  • SAP Business Process Optimization by IDS Scheer
    • ARIS Business Simulator
    • ARIS Business Optimizer
  • SAP Process Performance Management by IDS Scheer
    • ARIS Process Performance Manager (incl. modules Process Mining, Org Analysis)
Key Capabilities

SAP Business Designer by IDS Scheer: enables you to design business processes and to connect to SAP Solution Manager. SAP Enterprise Modeling by IDS Scheer: enables you to model the business architecture, enterprise architecture and information architecture. The components support the following capabilities:

  • ARIS Business Architect (including SAP connectivity):
    • Web-based enterprise modeling tool
    • Contains methods like EPC and supports e.g. BPMN and UML
    • Possibility to connect to SAP Solution Manager to use SAP reference content from the BPR (Business Process Repository) to customize the system landscape and usage of SAP systems. Navigate to SAP transactions and access documentation of SAP business scenarios and processes.
    • Allows modeling of BPEL processes in an early stage to import them via standard interface into SAP NetWeaver Process Integration for enhancing, configuring and execution.
  • ARIS IT Architect:
    • Web-based, decentralized IT architecture management
    • Manage enterprise-wide IT environments and synchronize with business processes
    • Supports planning processes, from documenting and analyzing the existing architecture to establishing a new architecture
  • ARIS BI Modeler:
    • Automatically re-documents existing SAP BI landscapes via an integrated interface
    • Visualizes data structures and data flows
    • Fully integrated into the central ARIS repository

SAP Business Server and Publisher by IDS Scheer: enables permanent, low-cost availability of process information via Web-based portals as well as central set up and management of all Web-based products:

  • ARIS Business Server:
    • Multi-user access to ARIS repository
    • Central access to database server
  • ARIS Business Publisher:
    • Provides process information via Web-based portals
    • Rights-based and role-based access to process models
    • Dynamically generated portal content

SAP Business Process Optimization by IDS Scheer: enables process controlling, planning and simulation. The components support the following capabilities:

  • ARIS Business Simulator:
    • Dynamic analysis of business process based on EPCs
    • Provides information on resource bottlenecks
    • Range of alternatives can be evaluated before costly process changes are made
  • ARIS Business Optimizer:
    • Provides support in determining optimal procedures
    • Gain process transparency by modeling the organizational structure and procedural organization
    • Process KPIs can imported from ARIS structures and evaluated (what-if analyses, timeline studies, scenario comparisons)

SAP Process Performance Management by IDS Scheer: enables process measurement, monitoring and analysis of as-is processes. The components support the following capabilities:

  • ARIS Process Performance Manager:
    • Automated Measurement and monitoring of as-is business processes and related metrics based on runtime data of connected SAP systems
    • Automatic graphical reconstruction of as-is business processes
    • Aggregation and graphical model comparison
  • ARIS PPM Process Mining:
    • Automated analytical methods for identifying activities and processes with high potential for optimization
    • Root-cause analysis of deficits
  • ARIS PPM OrgAnalyzer:
    • Analysis of the communication and relationship between organizational units, groups and teams
    • Analysis of the Organizational Performance
Where Do I Start?

Most customers will start with the components SAP Business Designer by IDS Scheer, SAP Business Server and Publisher by IDS Scheer, SAP Enterprise Modeling by IDS Scheer   The SAP Enterprise Modeling by IDS Scheer can be extended with the SAP Business Process Optimization by IDS Scheer including functionality for Business Optimization and Business Simulation.  For further real-time monitoring and analysis the user can extend his portfolio with SAP Process Performance Management by IDS Scheer.  I hope this gives you a better idea of the products covered under this recent announcement, and provides some guidance on which products are right for your process design, analysis, optimization and implementation needs.

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