Importing the APQC Process Classification Framework

The APQC Process Classification Framework provides you with standardized business process landscape. Hereby, the focus on the framework lies on structure and categorization - the what? - and not on details of process flow or activity - level the how?.

Using the APQC framework to structure your process landscapes allows you to compare your processes and process performance metrics with other organizations and to follow well-established BPM best practices, for example.

The representation of the APQC framework in Signavio Process Manager

The hierarchy structure of the APQC framework is represented by a folder tree in Signavio Process Manager.

In each parent folder (a folder that is not on the lowest level in the hierarchy tree), there is a Value Chain diagram that provides an overview over the folder content. The diagram’s Description attribute contains the corresponding APQC glossary term.

APQC Metrics are imported as dictionary entries with the custom attributes Metric Category, Metric Id and Unit. The corresponding entries belong to the APQC-specific category Metrics.

Important

A set of example metrics is imported when registering an APQC trial workspace. To import further metrics, you need to make use of the standard dictionary entry import.

Registering a APQC trial workspace

In case you don’t have a Signavio workspace yet, you can register a new one at https://editor.signavio.com/p/register?p=apqc (European Server), https://app-us.signavio.com/p/register?p=apqc (US server) https://app-au.signavio.com/p/register?p=apqc (Australian server) and have the APQC framework available right after logging in.

In case you already have a Signavio workspace, please contact our Signavio Support Team at support@signavio.com to activate the APQC importer.

Importing the APQC spreadsheet

To import the APQC framework into your workspace, process as follows:

  1. Download the framework as a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet from the

    APQC web site.

    You might want to modify the spreadsheet, especially in case you want to import only part of the framework.

  2. Open the Signavio Explorer and go to Import/Export - Import APQC Excel:

    Open the APQC import dialog.

    Open the APQC import dialog.

  3. Select APQC framework Excel spreadsheet and click Import:

    Select the spreadsheet and start the import.

    Select the spreadsheet and start the import.

    Important

    The framework will be imported into the folder that is open in the Explorer when the import is triggered.

    The import might take several minutes.

Now, you are able to use the APQC framework as the basis of your business process management initiative in Signavio:

Use the APQC framework as the basis of your business process management initiative in Signavio.

Use the APQC framework as the basis of your business process management initiative in Signavio.