Building a Better Business Process Hierarchy (BPH)

  • by D. Russell Sloan, Implementation and Governance Specialist — SAP Solution Manager, IBM Global Business Services
  • January 31, 2014
Leverage these techniques and standards to produce a business process hierarchy (BPH) that accurately represents your “to be” solution, improves solution documentation, reduces effort, and provides more intuitive navigation.
Learning Objectives

Reading this article you will learn:

  • The meanings of the business process hierarchy (BPH) structure elements
  • How to establish standards for structure naming
  • A smart use for shortcuts
  • How to store solution documentation content
  • How to leverage the linking capabilities to support traceability
Key Concept

Taking advantage of standards for naming conventions, using shortcuts, and document linking can provide more insight into your solution design, improve transparency of process integration, and support end-to-end traceability.

Many projects do not take enough advantage of many of the features available in the Business Blueprint (transaction code SOLAR01) to improve efficiency during solution design, provide transparency of change impacts, organize processes into value chains, and deliver solution documentation that is easy to navigate to the business and to operational support teams. Learn how to establish good habits and take advantage of often overlooked features such as structure shortcuts and document links to build a better picture of your “to be” solution.

SolMan 7.1 SP01 or higher.

D. Russell Sloan

D. Russell Sloan is a specialist in project and program governance for IBM. He focuses on the use of SAP Solution Manager for global rollout projects for IBM’s largest customers, having worked with SAP software since 1996. Russell has degrees in accounting and information systems and has been a team and project leader for SAP projects for more than 14 years. He has been developing and deploying software systems for over 30 years.

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