Describing SAP Signavio


After completing this lesson, you will be able to:

  • Describe SAP Signavio

SAP Signavio Overview

A successful transformation does not have the goal of transitioning existing SAP ERP processes to SAP S/4HANA by changing one system (aka solution) with another. To transform successfully to SAP S/4HANA requires to take four dimensions into account:

  • Business Strategy: Take the business strategy as the key element of their transition executing on the company's business strategy to enable business outcomes such as agility, resilience, transparency, collaboration as well as governance.
  • Processes: Ensure customer value adding, efficient, reliable and scalable business operations based on the business strategy thereby driving optimization and harmonization in line also with compliance and regulatory requirements.
  • Systems: As part of the transition, they leverage technology innovations and automation capabilities across core applications and the extensibility platform.
  • People: Collaboration breaks down barriers and is the prerequisite for change.

Remark: These dimensions are relevant for a successful transformation and not only for the transition to SAP S/4HANA.

Transforming successfully means that you connect all four dimensions:

  • Translating your business strategy into a set of well-defined processes that need to be analyzed and redesigned
  • Leveraging Technology and Automation capabilities during the implementation
  • Ensuring process success by putting people at the center of the transformation

Once the new processes are live, and your business users are enabled, and the processes are executed, the next step is to start to analyzing process performance. This is done to determine whether processes can be enhanced, in which case an incremental (re-) design is required. As your business strategy evolves to meet your customer, supplier, employees and other demands, processes need to be adapted.

Process Analysis and Process Design, as shown on the slide, are supported by SAP Signavio. Solution Design including the Design, Build, Test and Deploy of the Process Design is supported by our Application Lifecycle Management Solution (SAP Solution Manager and SAP Cloud ALM). SAP S/4HANA transformation is often part of a bigger transformation, sometimes labeled as Cloud Transformation. This is also the case as processes are not just executed in an ERP solution but are realized based on multiple solutions. To translate the business strategy into a holistic enterprise architecture, developing transition roadmaps is an essential prerequisite which is executed as a capability planning. The end-to-end toolchain starts therefore with the discipline of Enterprise Architecture Management (supported by LeanIX), SAP Signavio for Process Analysis and Process Design related tasks, and SAP Application Lifecycle Management Solution (SAP Solution Manager and SAP Cloud ALM) for the Solution Design. To have this end-to-end toolchain in place prior to the start of the transformation supporting, accelerating and digitalizing the various artifacts that are created is a MUST.

The above figure shows the two key outcomes:

  • Fast-time-to-action (not only actually to insights, but action to be taken, e.g. a process-redesign during the SAP S/4HANA transformation)
  • Fast-time-to-adapt

Business Process Transformation as highlighted on the previous slides requires the interlock of various dimensions: Seamless integration with Enterprise Applications (EAM/ALM), the design not only of processes (supported by Design Accelerators such as standard process content) but also entire journeys, as well as the understanding of current processes with predefined out-of-the-box analytics, as well as process mining capabilities and the integration with our automation platform.

What is the SAP Signavio Process Transformation Suite in nutshell?

It is a cloud-based process management platform that gives companies the ability to understand, improve, and transform all their business processes, fast and at scale.

It consists of the following:

  • SAP Signavio Process Insights and SAP Signavio Process Intelligence to monitor and analyze processes
  • SAP Signavio Process Manager and SAP Signavio Journey Modeler to design processes and journeys
  • SAP Signavio Process Governance to govern the process lifecycle
  • SAP Signavio Process Collaboration Hub to grant all employees access to process models
  • SAP Signavio Process Explorer to provide value accelerators, benchmarks and metrics as well as thought leadership content

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