Real-Time Business Process Analytics with SAP NetWeaver BPM and SAP NetWeaver Visual Composer

  • by Dr. Volker Stiehl, Professor, Ingolstadt Technical University of Applied Sciences
  • May 5, 2010
With the latest version of SAP NetWeaver Composition Environment (7.2), you can write back any business-related data that you find useful for analysis. You can create charts to visualize the aggregated data using SAP NetWeaver Visual Composer. A new reporting activity in your process model allows you to obtain detailed insight into processes by means of performance indicators. Here are the necessary steps to implement analysis on process data.
Key Concept
SAP NetWeaver Business Process Management, which is part of SAP NetWeaver Composition Environment (SAP NetWeaver CE), allows users to model new process ideas using the Business Process Modeling Notation (BPMN). The ability to execute BPMN models was one of the major highlights shipped with SAP NetWeaver CE. Now that process models are executable, users want to optimize these processes. Data written by a reporting activity in business processes can now be taken as input for SAP NetWeaver Visual Composer user interfaces. Users can define their own process key performance indicators and track them closely in real-time.

Process analytics is a topic of increasing interest for users as well as partners. With the right tooling, it is now possible to model business processes based on the widely accepted Business Process Modeling Notation (BPMN) standard.

SAP NetWeaver Business Process Modeling (SAP NetWeaver BPM) offers new possibilities in the business process management domain. Not only can you model and execute your processes, but with the latest release of SAP NetWeaver BPM that is shipped with SAP NetWeaver Composition Environment 7.2 (SAP NetWeaver CE), you can also protocol business-relevant data during process execution time and analyze it later for process optimization purposes.

You can do this without extracting data explicitly into a data warehouse (such as SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse). You can review your analytical data while the processes are running, resulting in real-time analytical applications. This article explains step-by-step what is necessary to write your analytical data during process execution and how to visualize this data in appealing charts. It is intended for business process experts and developers who want to learn what it takes to benefit from the new process analytical options delivered with SAP NetWeaver CE.

Dr. Volker Stiehl

Prof. Dr. Volker Stiehl studied computer science at the Friedrich-Alexander-University of Erlangen-Nuremberg. After 12 years as a developer and senior system architect at Siemens, he joined SAP in 2004. As chief product expert, Volker was responsible for the success of the products SAP Process Orchestration, SAP Process Integration, and SAP HANA Cloud Integration (now SAP HANA Cloud Platform, integration service). He left SAP in 2016 and accepted a position as professor at the Ingolstadt Technical University of Applied Sciences where he is currently teaching business information systems. In September 2011, Volker received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Technology Darmstadt. His thesis was on the systematic design and implementation of applications using BPMN. Volker is also the author of Process-Driven Applications with BPMN as well as the co-author of SAP HANA Cloud Integration and a regular speaker at various national and international conferences.

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