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Having variations of same business process, How to model?

Customer has several variations of the same business process. How to model them in Solution manager's project implementation tools? I actually created this same question in 'Business process expert' forum, so please read the whole story there and earn your points there.

Having variations of same business process, How to model?

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  • Posted on Nov 23, 2006 at 01:40 PM

    Hi Kimmo,

    I wouldn't use process steps to refine processes. This is incompatible to SAP implementation content coming from BPR (Business Process Repository). But a good idea would be to copy the main business process e.g. "Sales order processing" into two new processes on the same level, e.g. "Sales order processing by manual input" (variation1) or "Sales order processing by incoming interface" (variation2). Then you can use the Compare Button on the variations to see if any changes have been on the main business process and copy them to the variations. This minimizes the effort to keep track of changes after creating the variations. When you run transaction SA_PROJECT_UPGRADE on that project these changes even get flagged. Mostly this function is used to upgrade against BPR or a template project but it works also for copies inside a project e.g. to model variations.



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    • Hi Andreas,

      thanks your the very quick response. I am impressed !

      Yes, an option to navigate from the copied node to the originial node would solve my problem.

      My spontaneous idea for that: An icon which indicates 'yes I am a copy' and 'klick me to go to the original node'.

      The opposite direction 'show me all copies' will be useful, too 😉



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    Posted on Jul 11, 2007 at 09:57 AM

    Does the new functionality in SP12 apply here, where you can see what project something came from instead of just that it came for a project? This is also a problem at 2 of my clients, where they have many variations of standard processes. You can also adopt a naming convention so all variations have a suffix and are always copied from the first one in the list, identified as STD.

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