ARIS is a repository-based professional modeling tool. Thetool has rich heritage and over the years has developed into one of the mostfeature-rich products of its kind. Thestarting point for creating an ARIS model is within the tool itself. There is limited support forautomated process discovery, which is unsurprising given that ARIS is notfocused purely on IT processes.
(why state this?) With the SAP link itis possible to import SAP processes, functions and tables to use them as partof your model. (support for other products?) There are also links with ARISProcess Performance Manager (PPM), which can also be used to assist in initialmodel creation. With such a varied range of diagrams and models it is unlikelyto encounter a process documentation scenario that ARIS will not support. Although ARIS was designed and created to support processand business transformation rather than technology implementation, ARIS doesprovide many options to support process automation. These include generationand integration with Software AG’s own process automation offerings and ofcourse the integration with SAP.
Forthose with other requirements there is the standard ability to generate, BPEL (businessprocess execution language) and BPMN 2.0. As with other tools, work is needed (comment on extent of work) to enrich thesemodels once they are imported into the chosen execution environment. ARIS provides the ability for users to createmodels in one notation and then to switch them to another with minimal effort.
The ARIS toolset provides extensive support for all mannerof industry and technology frameworks, including SCOR, ITIL(IT InfrastructureLibrary) and DODAF. Due to the size and breadth of their customer base and itsrelationship with SAP (why call out SAP?), Software AG has also developed anumber of industry frameworks of its own and offers these to help customersspeed up their process analysis and design. The tool provides specific supportfor Lean and Six Sigma.
ARIS provides comprehensive repository and collaborationsupport. It has an embedded workflowengine, which is used to provide support for project lifecycles, changemanagement and release management. This support is important in an enterpriseclass tool and is used to set the tool apart from much of the competition. Alltools in the ARIS platform make use of the same shared repository, so there isseamless sharing of information across teams and enterprises. The process execution platform from Software AG iswebMethods. webMethods BPMS offersprocess modeling and execution support in one suite, with a unified userexperience, Eclispe-baseddesign tool (explain what this is). Process monitoring is carried out using webMethods BAM tool.
Thisprovides a wide range of process monitoring and analysis options, together withsupport for KPI monitoring, executive dashboard and predictive analysis. In terms of supporting existing investments,such as packaged applications, webMethods relies on SOA-based integrationportfolio of offerings, which includes a range of adapters to most majorapplications such as SAP, Oracle and IBM.