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Business process management strategy in SAP?

Hi Everybody!

I try to investigate the real deep strategy of SAP regarding the Business Process Management. I found several documents and presentations which describes SAP BPM concept based on Solution Manager. BUT in the recent communication SAP says the NetWeaver PI in focus. SAP and IDS Sheer has developed together the new business process modeling environment in PI which is based on BPEL and this functionality allows to set up process models handled by PI.

Could anybody describe me the exact strategy of SAP? Now I'm a little bit confused weather Solution Manager or PI is the right center of BPM?

There is another question in my mind. Knows anyone a useful and easy to use functionality to monitor running process model instances in PI?

I appreciate for any help!

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    Posted on Dec 14, 2008 at 12:09 PM

    Hello László,

    in a nutshell BPM Netweaver is focussing on so called edge-processes (usually

    SOA-based and often workflow related). These edge-processes a thought to enhance exisitng core business processes and should provide the fast competitive edge versus competitors. Examples would be also xApps. For this Netweaver provides process modelling tools, where you can get exectuable code through the integration between CE and PI. The monitoring part for these processes is mainly targeting business end-users and business manager.

    Business Process Monitoring with Solution Manager focusses on core business processes which are realized with the "conventional", "old" SAP Architecture, e.g. Order-to-Cash or Procure-to-Pay. You get a combination of technical monitors (average response times of transactions, background job runtimes, monitors for IDOC or qRFC processing) and application related monitors (you get more than 200 pre-configured application monitors out-of-the-box like number of overdue customer orders or outbound deliveries or number of deliveries with goods issue posted but no invoice). The target group here is the support organization of the customer, from Basis-Support over application support on IT side to process owner on business department side.

    Overview presentations can be found under --> Media Library --> Customer Information -->

    "Business Process Monitoring - Part 1 & 2".

    Or look under

    In the end BPM Netweaver and BPMon SolMan are complementary for different purposes and different target groups.

    Best Regards


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    Posted on Dec 10, 2008 at 02:45 PM


    The exact strategy of SAP is " Business driving Technology ".BPM is a component of Netweaver CE 7.0 which also has PI.

    The flow will be something like this :

    You map or model the process in ARIS which will move to PI or BPM (in Netwaever CE) -

    this will convert the mapping to understanble format to SAP R/3 and is moved to Solution manager -

    finally from solution manager the settings will be mapped into SAP R/3 system.



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    Posted on Dec 18, 2008 at 12:46 PM


    In the current scenario BPM is possible in two ways. Like rightly pointed out the BAM (Business Activity Monitoring) of mission critical business processes like O2C, P2P using the ccBPM feature of PI 7.1 alongwith other products of NetWeaver stack, is one option. We can see the KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) of the business process on a dashboard (Visual Composer here).

    The other option is the model to deploy business solution for BPM by SAP using the BPMN.

    The new BPM and BRM of the same are at present available as part of the new CE (Compostion environment).



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      Hello Surya!

      It is very kind of you that you have shared your input with me! It helps, but it would raising new and new questions. That is the reason why I'm still looking for an SAP document / presentation which explicitly tells the strategy of SAP.

      Best regards


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