Getting Started with Business Process Modeling
Organizations can take advantage of SAP’s Business Process Management solution components that fit together:
- BPM Methodology and Governance – with Solution Composer & the ASAP methodology
- BPM Enterprise Process Models – with Business Process Blueprinting add-on to Solution Manager, and/or synchronizing with ARIS modeling
- Social BPM – Share and discuss process models with the Collaborative process modeling tool in SAP StreamWork
- Model to execution – using Process Orchestration | SAP NetWeaver BPM
The future direction and recommendations from SAP are outlined in this article:
SAP NetWeaver provides capabilities for modeling business processes at different levels of abstraction. Conceptual process modeling sustains large-scale business process analysis projects, which drive process harmonization and standardization and aim for a high degree of process excellence. Although this works very well for the stable core of the organization, the need to integrate with individuals, business partners and third-party systems, and above all to remain innovative, requires agile methods for supporting the translation of functional business requirements into the technical specifications of process execution.
SAP NetWeaver supports unstructured collaborative workflows, as well as highly-structured integration processes for service orchestration. At the heart of Enterprise SOA, the ESR (Enterprise Services Repository) exposes application core processes using modeled process components and enterprise services that act as key artifacts to compose new process innovation at the edge.
Enterprise Modeling moves beyond conceptual business process analysis towards the planning and governance of the corporate business architecture. It extends the analysis with process governance and standardization, as well as simulation and optimization and finally performance measurement. The corporate business architecture contains the three elements business architecture, enterprise (IT) architecture, and information architecture.
Process Component Architecture Modeling
Process Component Architecture Modeling enables SOA governance and the model-based design of service-enabled business applications. These models represent a formalized modeling approach as the modeling entities (process components, enterprise services, service operations, and global data types) are deployed based on the models in the application platform.
Composite Process provide competitive differentiation by composing new processes or applications and integrating them with business partners and legacy systems (integration). Composite business processes are either human-centric (collaborative) or system-centric (integration processes). Human-centric processes are defined by functional business requirements and collaborate across business systems and organizations. System-centric processes integrate business systems and services, interact with human-centric processes and are defined by technical specifications based on functional business requirements.
SAP Business Workflow
SAP Business Workflow is at the heart of the SAP system. SAP applications (SAP Business Suite) are built on it to incorporate workflow features directly in their application. Integration with Organizational Management and with standard SAP reporting tools allow customers to reuse the investment they have made in SAP solutions.