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Part 3: Enterprise BPM Framework : BPM projects & BPM platform

Companies start many independent projects (e.g. Balanced Score Cards, Corporate Process Model, Six Sigma) with limited BPM alignment.

The BPM framework, introduced at the previous blog, can help you in creating an aligned BPM project portfolio. The BPM framework can also help you to define a BPM platform in which BPM deliverables of the different projects can be reused within other projects. 

Experiences show that the BPM journey has 2 phases;

In the first phase the corporate BPM process model is created within BPM projects, publicized via the intranet and used within process oriented training programs.

The results of the BPM projects are ad-hoc utilized for the optimalization of the business processes depending on the used BPM governance methodology.

In the second phase the corporate BPM process model is being reused by BPM projects like Balanced Score Cards (process monitoring), Six Sigma (process optimalization), workflow (process automation) and business transformation programs, this is the moment when the ROI of BPM is capitalized.

After the first phase the discussion starts whether BPM delivers the promised ROI.

At that time the BPM roadmap and the BPM strategy must be clear, so the organization understands that the benefits of BPM will be generated during the roll-out of the complete BPM roadmap over the next 3-5 years.The enterprise BPM framework can help to create a succesful BPM roadmap. The following figure gives an overview of the different BPM projects and the required BPM methodology.

 Figure 1: The BPM project portfolio


Every BPM project should use a company standard BPM methodology and a company standard BPM platform to support the execution of the BPM projects and to make sure that the results of the BPM projects are documented and can be alligned with other BPM projects.  

The company BPM platform should be able to support all the BPM modeling techniques. The BPM platform should also be able to relate all the used BPM models to the business processes which makes cross BPM process analysis possible, using the BPM reporting tools.

 Figure 2: The BPM platform


The BPM platform of SAP is a combination of the SAP enterprise modeling applications by IDS Scheer and the SAP execution platform (SAP solution manager, SAP Netweaver BPM).

The SAP / BPM platform of IDS Scheer (ARIS) makes the alignment between the different BPM projects and the SAP execution platform possible. 

A successful BPM platform should be able to support all the different BPM projects with a BPM methodology, BPM reporting capabilities and the link towards the execution platform. The selection of the correct BPM platform and the timing of the BPM roadmap will enable a successful execution of the BPM roadmap.


Previous Blogs:

BPM framework          :Enterprise BPM Framework

Maturity level & ROI   :Part 2: Enterprise BPM framework : Maturity level & ROI

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      Author's profile photo Dries Guth
      Dries Guth
      Hi Frank,

      the BPM integration of the ARIS Business Architect and the SAP Solution Manager is great and is really working fine !! 

      A couple of your namend "activities" in the BPM plattform can either be managed tool based by IDS or by SAP tools but even some are still managed "offline or manually". It came to my mind it would be nice to add the most applicable tool onto its activity in the BPM plattform....

      Any News when we can expect a tighter integration with the SAP BPM Tools (An ARIS integration into to the ESR is plannend for Q1 2009) ?

      Kind regards,

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      Thank you for your compliment regarding the integration between ARIS and the SAP Solution manager.I think that one of the main advantages of this integration is that the Blueprint/customzing structure of the SAP solution Manager completely aligned is with the corporate business processes.

      All of the 16 process area's can be supported by IDS tools and SAP tools.
      All these tools utilize the corporate processes model for addtional analysis (see figure 2)
      I will elaborate on this within the next Blogs. You can ask your IDS Scheer representative for an overview of the relevant ARIS tools.

      The ARIS integration into the ESR is indeed planned for Q1 2009.