An Introduction to Business Process Blueprinting in SAP Solution Manager 7.1

  • by Karthik Sj, Product Manager, SAP Labs
  • October 3, 2011
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Discover what’s new with Business Process Blueprinting (BPB) 1.0. See how SAP Solution Manager 7.1 revitalizes the use of blueprinting in the SAP system, as well as how BPB allows you to take advantage of the business process modeling notation.
Key Concept
Business process model and notation (BPMN) is an industry-standard notation. It helps Business Process Blueprinting (BPB) provide end-to-end visibility of the process landscape regardless of the underlying technology and implementation. Using a ubiquitous and emerging industry standard such as BPMN ensures that content and context captured during the blueprint phase of your project can be handed over to any implementation tools that understand BPMN, thereby reducing overall IT project costs and accelerating time to market.

With budget and schedule overruns being the order of the day for any IT project, a strong blueprint can not only serve as a good indicator for the outcome of your IT project but also reduce the risk of project failure. Hence, it is important that your organization spend more time up front figuring out the specifications and requirements to overcome implementation challenges.

If the blueprints inside your organization have been gathering dust, now is a good time to take them out and put them to work. With the general availability of SAP Solution Manager 7.1 comes access to Business Process Blueprinting (BPB), which enriches the blueprinting experience.

BPB is an Eclipse-based tool built using the rich client platform (RCP). It is designed to offer superior usability and advanced modeling capabilities using industry-standard notation for representing business processes: business process modeling notation (BPMN). The Solution Composer server component is the ABAP add-on co-installed with SAP Solution Manager. It acts as the mediator between the BPB client and SAP Solution Manager.

Karthik Sj

Karthik Sj is the product manager for Business Process Blueprinting at SAP Labs in Bangalore. He has expertise in business process management (BPM), application life cycle management (ALM), and business process analysis.

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