It is the new functionality of SAP Enterprise Modeling helping me to speed up my SAP projects and enable alignment of business process requirements and SOA! Read this blog from Josèphe Blondaut from IDS Scheer AG and Stephan Schluchter from SAP AG, introducing the new integration.
Using SAP Enterprise Modeling Applications by IDS Scheer you are able to plan, document, simulate and optimize your Enterprise Modeling. Not taking care, whether these processes are based on manual or automated activities. When you start detailing your process landscape and shaping the processes to be realized and executed with software, you would not only need the planning information but also a linkage to the underlying systems to achieve the needed level of transparency. In other words, you would need a view on the application core processes that are executed by the SAP Business Suite.
These application core processes are pre-defined, packaged and customizable, represent the core business functionality and are also exposed as reference content. SAP Solution Manager provides a transactional view on business scenarios, business processes and processes steps to support the implementation and administration of the application core processes. As you might already know, this reference content can be synchronized with SAP Enterprise Modeling and enables the alignment with the business architecture you have defined as mentioned above.
Thinking about SOA – the Enterprise Services Repository&Registry (ES Repository) from SAP stores all enterprise service metadata, standard-based service definitions including Process Component Architecture Modeling models. These models serve as the reference content for your SOA-based implementation of the application core processes.
With the new integration of SAP Enterprise Modeling and ES Repository the existing integration of SAP solutions on a transactional level (SAP Solution Manager) is extended to a service-oriented environment. This will be achieved via an online read-only connection from SAP Enterprise Modeling to ES Repository, to allow you inspecting the models starting from a business point of view. Furthermore specific modeling entities of process component architecture models stored in ES Repository can be merged and annotated to business process models in SAP Enterprise Modeling. This increases the level of transparency for realized business processes tremendously, as it leads to a comprehensive overview of the business process landscape, starting from the top-level approach of conceptual business process modeling down to atomic functions – realized with transactions or services.
The cool new things are: You can identify the processes that provide and consume services and you have correct matching of services to business processes. If necessary you could use requirements and blueprint of new services (so called service requests), that is made possible through a new method extension within SAP Enterprise Modeling.
The integration of SAP Enterprise Modeling and Enterprise Services Repository is now available to customers having a valid license of the ES Repository (delivered with SAP enhancement package 1 for SAP NetWeaver Composition Environment 7.1 or SAP Enhancement Package 1 for<br>SAP NetWeaver Process Integration 7.1).
The functionality is available upon request and includes:
- Browse ES Repository from SAP Enterprise Modeling front-end
- Merge ES Repository modeling entities into SAP Enterprise Modeling database
- Annotate enterprise services into business processes
- Search for enterprise services in the SAP service viewer
- Call additional information from ES Workplace in SAP Developer Network (SDN) and WSDL files
- Gap analysis and additional reporting, e.g. ES Repository business blueprint
Please find some more information here.