Manage SAP projects from a process perspective
iGrafx Modeling for SAP® permits cross-functional stakeholders collaborating in SAP implementations, upgrades, or change management activities to communicate effectively with one another. In organizations that run SAP, enterprise modeling would be incomplete without including the SAP landscape and understanding how it affects end-to-end business operations. By integrating SAP process architecture and incorporating implementation and change management activities into the overall business process management environment, teams are more effective and SAP projects are less costly.
Modeling for SAP Products
- iGrafx® Process™ for SAP®
Model the enterprise landscape, IT architecture and resources, align strategies and goals, and enable risk and compliance management in the context of SAP
- iGrafx® Enterprise Modeler® for SAP®
Advanced enterprise modeling, reporting and analysis in the context of SAP
- iGrafx Enterprise Modeling
iGrafx Modeling for SAP integrates SAP-specific modeling and project management capabilities with iGrafx Enterprise Modeling.
Model projects in the context of the end-to-end business
Using a tool truly developed for the business user, designing and editing SAP process structures in a business blueprint project is a snap. Project Managers and Process Experts can easily identify which parts of the SAP scenarios are appropriate to implement, and then model the actual business process, identifying which activities are automated by SAP Transactions, and which Process Steps remain manual.
Identify where business processes are supported by SAP automation
By starting with your operational model of processes and adding the SAP supporting layer, you are able to create an abstraction between the way your business operates, and the technology that implements the processes. This abstraction allows for maximum flexibility when designing changes to existing SAP implementations, yet allows powerful reporting capabilities to see just how SAP is part of the overall business.
Communicate better with both IT and end users
Visually creating context for where and how SAP processes and transactions are used within the business means that more people in the business will understand the process. An effective communication method to ensure that business analysts are sharing their needs with the SAP implementation teams, SAP process maps also streamline testing and training. Process maps in the iGrafx portal can be viewed directly within SAP Solution Manager, so everyone is looking at one source of the truth.
Leverage standardized process documentation as business requirements
Process documentation that is being created for planning and continuous improvement can easily be leveraged to provide those responsible for SAP implementation with visibility to business requirements in SAP Solution Manager. By using business terminology that is layered with system information important for designing SAP processes and change management, sharing documentation bridges the gap between business and IT. Additional requirements can be documented – technical, functional and financial – to fill out the full picture for implementation teams. Rules management will also help make sure compliance initiatives are being met.
Capture relationships to understand impact and plan for improvements
By modeling organizational structures and roles, you will understand who is responsible, accountable, informed, and consulted (RACI) for different activities that are involved in SAP processes that impact operations. Report on how Organization Units and End User Roles should be contacted for input on process design, notified and trained on changes and even recruited to assist in end user testing. Including IT architecture resources such as applications, systems and equipment allows for identifying impactful relationships and planning how IT can best support the business.
Report on relationships to identify impacts of SAP and identify opportunities for automation
Report on the effect of transactions, processes and SAP systems on operational processes and organizational groups or individuals. Understand how people and processes impact operations and relationships with external groups such as suppliers and customers. Including IT architecture resources such as applications, systems and equipment allows for identifying impactful relationships and planning how SAP expansion can best support the business.
Build your business case for change with “what-if analysis”
By performing discrete event simulation using either Process or BPMN models, you get the opportunity to foresee the results of changes to your process that are impractical to test any other way. iGrafx simulation provides realistic, accurate results based on in-depth scenarios that can include real-life empirical data and custom distributions. Dynamic animation of simulation steps helps validate your models as they are being built, and enhances understanding of where bottlenecks are developing, as well as highlights simulation paths and results. Easily simulate full factorial experiments, risk-free with Design of Experiments and statistical fitting of real world data.
Maximize mapping productivity and minimize errors
Nobody does diagramming like iGrafx. Creating and editing process maps, whether they use cross-functional Swimlanes® or BPMN 2.0, is made easy with out-of-the-box templates and lots of features to help create diagrams that communicate exactly what you want with minimal clicks. Automatic correct-by-construction and rules checking capabilities will ensure BPMN diagrams meet notation standards and help enforce process compliance. With simple drag and drop, create diagrams from reusable processes and activities and automatically create relationships to resources, describe support from automated systems and more.
Work together for improved efficiency
Collaborate on models and reuse the knowledge that has been built up by yourself and other Process and Business Experts over time. Process optimization and improvement projects can leverage all available process information including process maps, analysis reports, spreadsheets and related documents. With Web and mobile access, process consumers can annotate or comment on processes.
Manage data exchange with SAP® Solution Manager blueprint projects.
Bi-directional synchronization with SAP Solution Manager ensures that business users are up to date with most recent SAP project planning, and process users can access one central point for SAP project documentation.