Exporting data from Process Manager to SAP Solution Manager

Signavio offers the possibility to transfer business focused process definitions, improvements and change requests to the IT-focused SAP Solution Manager.

Solution Manager’s business blueprints are based on a strict hierarchy for structure elements (project, business scenarios, business processes, process steps). However, Signavio offers the possibility to push the relevant content in the formats of BPMN 2.0 and value chain diagrams to SAP Solution Manager.

Mapping Signavio diagram content to SAP Solution Manager’s business blueprints works as follows during pushing it:

Signavio content –> Business blueprint element

Value chain diagram –> Business scenario

BPMN 2.0 task –> Process step

BPMN 2.0 subprocess –> Process step or all sub-tasks become process steps

BPMN 2.0 diagram –> Business process

Custom attribute (configuration required) –> Logical component, transaction code, knowledge warehouse document

Exporting to an empty SAP Solution Manager Project

This section describes how to transport business processes from Signavio to SAP Solution Manager.

If you start with an empty business process blueprint project in SAP Solution Manager, it is very important to configure the project properly in Solution Manager. Especially all logical components used in the Signavio Process Manager must be available in the Solution Manager project.

Pushing content from Signavio Process Manager to SAP Solution Manager follows some simple rules to create the hierarchical structures in SAP Solution Manager:

  • Every selected folder and value chain is treated as a business scenario in SAP Solution Manager. If a folder and a value chain describe the same scenario, the value chain is preferred.
  • Every selected BPMN 2.0 diagram is considered a business process for SAP Solution Manager. If a BPMN 2.0 diagram is linked within a BPMN 2.0 process, it is integrated into the parent business process on SAP Solution Manager.

Example import dialog sequence

The following screenshots and texts show an example sequence of how to push data into an empty SAP Solution Manager Project:

To trigger the export of content from Signavio Process Manager to SAP Solution Manager, navigate to the folder containing the BPMN 2.0 process diagrams that are relevant for the business blueprint project in SAP Solution Manager. In the Signavio Explorer, go to Import / Export - Export to SAP® Solution Manager®:

Go to 'Import / Export' - 'Export to SAP® Solution Manager®'.

Go to ‘Import / Export’ - ‘Export to SAP® Solution Manager®’.

If there has never been content pushed to the SAP Solution Manager before, the current folder is treated as the project folder for this business blueprint project.

Note

A folder in Signavio Process Manager can only be linked with exactly one business blueprint project.

Select a connector and a business blueprint project and click Link with project:

Establish a link to a business blueprint project.

Establish a link to a business blueprint project.

Now, the link between a Signavio folder a SAP Solution Manager project is established. The next step is to review and redefine the scope of the export to SAP Solution Manager.

Select all value chain, BPMN 2.0 diagrams and folder that should be exported to SAP Solution Manager.

Click Check:

Configure the scope of the export.

Configure the scope of the export.

Once the export preparation and check terminated, you can review the changes that have been made in Signavio. This is especially helpful when you execute a re-export.

Click Dry run to perform a pseudo export, that simulates the actual one:

Perform a dry run of the export.

Perform a dry run of the export.

After the dry run, changes that will be applied to the current state of the project in SAP Solution Manager are displayed. Review the changes and click Export to apply them:

Start the export.

Start the export.

The export dialog keeps you informed about the state of the export. Once the export is finished, warnings and errors will be displayed (if there are any).

The project was successfully exported.

The project was successfully exported.

Note

A typical problem occurs if a logical component was used for a process step (a BPMN 2.0 task in Signavio Process Manager, but was not assigned to the business blueprint project in SAP Solution Manager beforehand. After the missing logical component was changed accordingly in the Signavio Editor or the missing logical component was assigned to the blueprint project in Solution Manager and the export can be executed successfully.

Now, you can work with the project in SAP Solution Manager:

View the project in the SAP GUI.

View the project in the SAP GUI.

Extending an existing SAP Solution Manager Project

As business processes underly continuing changes for improvements, the content in the SAP Solution Manager business blueprint needs to be continuously updated. Pushing content from Signavio to SAP Solution Manager is a simple sequence of steps. Most of the settings will be reused from the last import or export action with SAP Solution Manager.

If content already exists in a SAP Solution Manager business blueprint, the following rules apply:

  • No structure nodes (business scenario, business process or process step) are deleted.
  • Changes of structure node names or the assigned logical component are considered.
  • New structure nodes are added as defined by the BPMN 2.0 diagrams, value chain diagrams and the folder structure in Signavio.
  • Assigned transaction codes, documents and attributes are merged. In case of conflicts, the value change provided by the Signavio content overwrites the content change in SAP Solution Manager.

For instructions on how to conduct the export, please have a look at the section Exporting to an empty SAP Solution Manager Project above.