Business Process Analysis (BPA)

Software AG’s ARIS Business Process Analysis Platform is ideal
for analyzing and optimizing business processes for better productivity.
Achieve continuous process improvement along your entire journey
to becoming a Digital Enterprise.


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Analyze and optimize your business processes

With better processes across business, IT and SAP systems, your Digital Enterprise can respond faster to changing business, customer and market needs. Use the ARIS Business Process Analysis (BPA) Platform to document and design your strategy, processes and architectures. It’s ideal for analyzing, simulating and optimizing your business processes. With ARIS Business Process Analysis, you can leverage the wisdom-of-the-crowd to support continuous process improvements and benefit from governance to keep processes under control. You also can build an effective enterprise management system while keeping customer experience management a priority. All these capabilities are key to your survival in the digital world.

What you can do with this platform

Document and design
  • Document business processes and dependencies between organization, processes, data and IT-applications
  • Design internal business processes while taking customer emotions and expectations into account
  • Align corporate strategy with operational business processes and IT architecture by combining ARIS Business Process Analysis and Alfabet capabilities
Analyze and optimize
  • Analyze business processes and their dependencies to reduce cost and complexity
  • Report process information and evaluate process KPIs to drive process optimization
  • Simulate processes to identify bottlenecks, gaps and process improvement areas
Collaborate and govern
  • Share all process information and related documents through a company-wide portal as the central hub
  • Collaborate on process assets and collect improvements from all stakeholders via a role-based process portal
  • Govern and manage processes to support continuous process improvement

Key benefits

Increase process agility Flexible business processes and IT assure agile reactions to changing market conditions, business models and customer requirements.
Reduce implementation times Reduce the time to design new processes and implement into IT systems, such as SAP, by re-using existing best-practice processes.
Increase process efficiency Improve the performance of your processes by analyzing and simulating them to remove bottlenecks, identify and remove waste and duplication. Make best use of resources and look for opportunities for automation.
Enhance quality Improve process and IT quality through better definition of processes, avoidance of system breaks and better process communication.


Design ARIS offers an easy-to-use tool for enterprise-wide business process design. You can create models quickly and present them so they are easy to understand:
  • Create, analyze, manage and administer your process architecture
  • Document and align your corporate strategy with business processes and IT
  • Describe the resources needed for the processes and environment in which they operate

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Analysis Analyze process information, such as time and costs, using standard or customized analysis and queries:
  • Quickly identify improvement potential
  • Understand and increase the business value of processes
  • Improve and benchmark your business
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Repository Manage process assets in the extensible method-based and multi-language ARIS repository:
  • Keep track of version control and change history
  • Create a “single truth” for process information
  • Collaborate and report without misunderstandings
  • Make process information a re-usable corporate asset
Document management Upload, manage and share process-relevant documents, control access permissions, and integrate to other document management systems, such as Microsoft® SharePoint®.
  • Access documents anywhere, anytime
  • Enable users to trigger improvements
  • Link people, processes and documents
Publishing Share process information with a flexible and customizable role-based process portal:
  • Publish process information quickly, flexibly, reliably
  • Create easy and intuitive views of process models
  • Improve acceptability through business-oriented presentation
Collaboration Unlock the power of collaborative process improvement:
  • Engage anyone, anywhere, anytime
  • Design, publish and create dashboards all in one tool
  • Link people, processes and IT
Reporting Evaluate processes in terms of quality and usage using KPIs:
  • Understand and increase the business value of processes
  • Identify optimization potential using proven analysis
  • Implement best-practice processes and procedures
Simulation Analyze business processes to improve process efficiency and cost effectiveness:
  • Identify your best processes
  • Understand and increase the business value of processes
  • Determine best use of resources
Model-to-Execute Align ARIS process blueprints with execution in webMethods BPMS:
  • Easily collaborate and align processes
  • Implement changes quickly
  • Automate processes successfully
Connectivity for SAP solutions Synchronize ARIS processes with SAP Solution Manager 7.1 and 7.2 for customizing, testing, training and roll outs:
  • Save time and ensure quality of an SAP solution
  • Lower TCO with ARIS and SAP Solution Manager
  • Ensure transparency of SAP systems and processes
Test design Re-use defined business processes and design test cases graphically or automatically to:
  • Improve process quality in later project phases
  • Save time by re-using existing data and processes
  • Reduce risks of incomplete testing
Governance Manage the process of process management:
  • Implement processes in a lightweight, model-driven way
  • Make changes without IT’s involvement
  • Reduce implementation efforts by 50 percent

Business needs

Enterprise management system

Take the opportunity digital transformation offers to increase quality, manage risks and become more agile and efficient! This is precisely what you can do with a responsive enterprise management system. Embrace an enterprise management system to align your organization, integrate all relevant information and documents, act on employee feedback, and deliver the right information to the right people at the right time.

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Digital transformation

To really become a digital business, you need to establish a practice for digital business design and planning. It will help you innovate faster, deliver more expediently and ensure all costs and risks are understood along the way.

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Customer experience management A good process is no longer enough. It’s the customer experience which the process delivers that really counts. Customer experience management helps to understand what customers want and how they want to interact with business.

Define customer satisfaction as a key differentiator and take customer emotions and expectations into account. Design and analyze business processes from the outside-in to assure they reflect new opportunities and innovations. Get more details.
Process-driven management for SAP solutions Process-driven management for SAP provides the necessary support throughout the entire SAP life cycle, from strategy and requirements analysis through blueprinting to configuration, testing, training and rolling out SAP solutions. If you want to become a digital business as an SAP shop, make sure your journey is on the right track. Get more details.
Strategy to execution Define your corporate strategy and then analyze, build, operate and monitor your business solutions to assure you reach your objectives. An end-to-end approach keeps you in control of your strategy and any initiatives that support it. Get more details.


ARIS Architect/ARIS Designer Flagship ARIS products used to create, analyze, manage and administer the whole enterprise model, from strategy over business processes to information architectures, application landscapes and services. More
ARIS Aware Improve the transparency of your enterprise and drive better decisions based on powerful visualizations of reliable data analytics. More
ARIS Connect Provides individual user perspectives combined with social networking capabilities that allow people to contribute to process improvement based on their unique skills and experiences. More
ARIS Mobile/API Access Leverage ARIS capabilities and content for mobile use and create your own ARIS applications (mobile and non-mobile) for innovative enterprise use cases. More
ARIS Publisher Used to create role based portals for easy access to information on processes and IT architectures. An extension pack for ARIS Architect & Designer.
ARIS Business Strategy Bridge the gap between your strategy and operations with easy-to-use modeling capabilities as well as collaboration support and strategy communication. Put your strategy to work! More
ARIS Simulation Enables simulation and analysis of business processes. An extension pack for ARIS Architect. More
ARIS Process Governance Lets you establish enterprise-wide policies for BPM and automate governance processes using a model-driven approach. An extension pack for ARIS Architect. More
ARIS for SAP Solutions Complete SAP projects quickly and successfully while bridging the gap between business and IT. More
ARIS Process Performance Manager What can’t be measured can’t be optimized. So measure, then optimize with ARIS Process Performance Manager (PPM).
Model-to-Execute Aligns architecture, design and implementation of business solutions with ARIS and webMethods BPMS. More
Strategy-to-Execution Define your corporate strategy and then analyze, build, operate and monitor your business solutions to assure you reach your objectives. An end-to-end approach keeps you in control of your strategy and any initiatives that support it. More

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I’m Josèphe Blondaut of ARIS product marketing. I’m here to help you understand the value of ARIS for BPA. Have a question or an idea for a new feature? Let’s talk!

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