Ease Your 7.1 Implementation Blueprint Phase with SAP Business Process Blueprinting

  • by Mentor Visoka, Consultant — Application Lifecycle Management, CoreALM Corp.
  • December 22, 2011
Follow a step-by-step procedure for appropriately configuring SAP Solution Manager 7.1 to enable SAP Business Process Blueprinting 1.0.
Key Concept
SAP Business Process Blueprinting 1.0 enables business process modeling in the three hierarchy levels: business scenario, business process, and process step. It provides the means to modify and enhance existing business processes in a graphical, visual, and intuitive way using an Eclipse-based solution. It eases the Blueprint phase in implementing new solutions by using the predefined industry-specific business process content delivered by SAP in the Business Process Repository.

Business process modeling is an important part of using SAP Solution Manager to its fullest extent. SAP Business Process Blueprinting (BPB) 1.0, available for SAP Solution Manager 7.1, allows you to modify your existing business processes and make the Blueprint phase of new implementations easier due to its pre-delivered business process content.

With direct synchronization with SAP Solution Manager and the corresponding Blueprint phase in transaction SOLAR01, you can guide, design, and control business process requirements in a complete life cycle fashion. This allows you to perform process modeling, perform simulation and workflows, and manage business processes with ease using the basic set of Business Process Modeling Notation 2.0 (BPMN) elements. Establish a common understanding of the business requirements and define the scope in detail, while still in the Requirements phase, before going to the Realization (configuration) phase.

Improve your business processes by documenting them properly, with consistency and clarity, lower the number of exceptions, and reduce potential risk of project failure due to poorly established requirements and standards. With BPB, you can adapt SAP best practice processes to serve your business accordingly by leveraging the SAP cross-industry business maps, the Business Process Repository (BPR), the SAP Help portal, SAP NetWeaver, and Enterprise Service Workplace integrated within the BPB rich client platform (RCP).

The following prerequisites are required to perform and continue with the process of configuring BPB in SAP Solution Manager 7.1. In the SAP Service Marketplace, download BPB 1.0, along with its guides, its notes, Solution Composer as an add-on, and SAP Cryptographic Library (SAPCRYPTOLIB). 

To move forward, you need to have the following installed:

  • SAP Solution Manager 7.1 Support Package 01 or higher
  • Solution Composer on SAP Solution Manager 7.1
  • BPB on the client
  • Microsoft Windows XP, Microsoft Windows Vista, or Microsoft Windows 7
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 and above
  • 32-bit version of Java Runtime Environment (JRE) 6 and above or 32-bit version of Java Development Kit (JDK) 6 and above

BPB is new with SAP Solution Manager 7.1. With new capabilities, new challenges arise during the configuration. The end-to-end detailed description in this article provides the necessary information for a quick configuration process.

The following are five steps to configure SAP Solution Manager 7.1 for BPB:

Mentor Visoka

Mentor Visoka is a consultant at CoreALM Corp., specializing in SAP Application Lifecycle Management with emphasis in SAP Solution Manager 7.0 and 7.1 and third-party solutions that are integrated with SAP Solution Manager. He has experience in project implementation and upgrades, specializing in requirements and design, including test management. He is a team leader in business process improvement, reverse business engineering, and defining process requirements via visualization. Mentor graduated with a degree in political science and a minor in international studies from George Fox University in 2005. He is experienced in CGMP and GAMP standards and is certified in ISO 9001:2008.

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