Navigation Maps and Value Chains


After completing this lesson, you will be able to:

  • Create Navigation Maps and Value Chains

Navigation Maps and Value Chains

Navigation Maps as Entry Point

BPMN typically does not provide the level of abstraction required to create an overview of your process landscape.

By offering visually appealing entrance into the SAP Signavio Process Collaboration Hub experience, it allows users to break away from the well-known structured approach of business process modeling.

With navigation maps you can offer a brand-compliant and visually appealing alternative of a traditional value chain diagram, helping business users quickly and easily find process content relevant to them.

Navigation Map - Main Capabilities

Different Ways as an Entrance to the Process World

The following examples show how different the high-level entry point can look like. By linking to further navigation maps or value chains you can build a hierarchy that's easier to consume before entering the respective process content.

Let's Learn how to Create a Navigation Map

In the following section, we'll take a look at the different elements and functionalities within the graphical editor of the SAP Signavio Process Manager.

Find more details in the user guide. Manage navigation maps | SAP Help Portal


The creation of Navigation Maps is not included within the 30-days trial version. Only if you purchased a full SAP Signavio license.

Use and Customize Shapes

Different shapes and text boxes can be used in Navigation Maps. Custom attributes may be added (by the administrator) and standard attributes may be adjusted including resizing, description, color, gradient, stroke color and flat design.

Shapes as well as text boxes may be linked to another diagram or to an external resource.

Edges like stroke or arrow can be used to connect shapes with each other.​

Create a new navigation map and define shapes with the attribute panel.

  • Give your navigation map a title and save.
  • Drag & Drop the shapes you want to use.
  • Change the look to your requirements.

The administrator can customize the colors of the color palette accessible in the editor. This allows the creation of navigation maps that are consistent with the corporate identity.

Upload and Use Images

Any modeler has the rights to upload images for the navigation map via the Image Management. The upload of images is only possible if the size limit of 50 KB is not exceeded and if the file is in SVG format.

Each image file is checked by the system on possible security vulnerabilities and potentially needs to be approved for a successful upload.

Follow these steps:

  • Click Add image.
  • Select one or more images to upload.
  • Review your upload in the dialog.
  • Click Confirm.
  • If necessary, search for the image.
  • Drag the image onto the canvas.
  • To change the size of the image, click the bottom right corner or top left corner and drag the corner.
  • Provide and customize each title.
  • Only images available in the Image Management can be added to navigation maps.

  • Images that have been uploaded can only be deleted by your workspace administrator in the set-up.

  • Images uploaded in the common way (via Set-up) are also available in the Image Management, but there you still have the limitations of 20 KB maximum file size, no bulk upload and only administrators can upload.

Add Links to Elements

By default you can add links to all elements and uploaded images to the navigation map except Live Insights. You can link to another diagram, a folder in your workspace, or you can link to a URL. For Live Insights you can add Widget ID's from SAP Signavio Process Intelligence (more in corresponding videos below).

Follow these steps:

  • Select the element or image.
  • Open the Attributes panel.
  • Select the three dots in the link section.
  • Choose between Create new diagram, Use existing diagram or folder, Use web link.

Link Dictionary Entries

For navigation maps, you can link dictionary entries from all categories to the following modeling elements:

  • text
  • images
  • shapes

You can link to entries from all enabled standard categories from modeling elements that are not restricted to specific categories. For example, most elements in navigation maps can be linked to all dictionary entries. Most modeling elements can only link to matching categories. For value chains, dictionary entries from the category Processes can be linked to the following modeling elements:

  • process
  • collapsed process

Add Live Insights

With the Live Insights shapes, you can add insights and key performance indicators you want to monitor.

For that, you add a Live Insights shape to your shape or image and link it with a widget from SAP Signavio Process Intelligence. Users can then view the Live Insights in SAP Signavio Process Collaboration Hub.

Follow these steps:

  • Go to your navigation map and add or select a Live Insights shape.
  • Get the ID of the widget you want to add to your navigation map from SAP Signavio Process Intelligence.
  • Open the attributes panel and paste the widget ID to Driving widget.

The color of a shape is only visible in SAP Signavio Process Collaboration Hub. In the SAP Signavio Process Manager, the shapes stay grey.

Let's have a Preview!

Now that the navigation map is created, we should review the result via the SAP Signavio Process Collaboration Hub Preview.

Make sure your Navigation Map is saved before previewing it.

How to Create Value Chains

Another possible way to create a high-level perspective to your processes, is via value chains.

Each modeling element in a value chain represents a process or process group of a specific business unit. You can link the elements in chronological order and show the hierarchical relationships between processes and process groups. More customization is possible by adding custom attributes.

It's also possible to use images added by the administrator. Also, Live Insights can be added the same way as shown during the navigation map creation. For more details check out the user guide. Value chains | SAP Help Portal

Customize Elements and Add Links

The customization of shapes and linking to processes or a URL works the same way as already demonstrated.

Watch the video to learn how it works in detail for value chains. In this example we create a level 2 value chain for the process area sales and marketing.

Convert Elements into Images and Link the Value Chain with the Process Map

The modeling elements process and sub process can be converted into uploaded images via the attribute panel.

In order to show the newly created value chain within the process hierarchy, it needs to be linked with the high-level process landscape.

Watch the video to see how this works.

Let's have a look at the Hierarchy

Now that the value chain for a process area is created and linked to the process map, we want to take a look how it looks like in SAP Signavio Process Collaboration Hub.

Well done! You should now be able to create a high-level entry point. Continue with the next lesson.

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