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What is SAP BPM?

SAP NetWeaver Business Process Management is a business process management offering and application infrastructure. It supports joint modeling of processes, central process execution via a Java-based engine, provision of interfaces for users, and integration of business rules into…

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What is SAP BPM?

SAP NetWeaver Business Process Management is a business process management offering and application infrastructure. It supports joint modeling of processes, central process execution via a Java-based engine, provision of interfaces for users, and integration of business rules into processes.

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October 09, 2019

COOL SYSTEM TO HAVE

Stephanie Chapman | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We use it for checking stock, checking pricing and keeping inventory updated. It is used throughout the entire organization to my knowledge. It solves a lot of problems because, without it, we would have no way of helping our consumers or customers. We would never know how much product we have in stock.
  • Accurate
  • Up to date
  • Current
  • Live readings would be nice.
  • Easier to maneuver
  • Work with all systems with the press of one keystroke
I think it's definitely suited for a manufacturing and call center type of business because it allows all entities to work together and not have to go through so many different systems, if only there was a live count for inventory. I really can't think of a scenario where it is less suited.
Process Engine (8)
100%
10.0
Process designer
100%
10.0
Process simulation
100%
10.0
Business rules engine
100%
10.0
SOA support
100%
10.0
Process player
100%
10.0
Support for modeling languages
100%
10.0
Form builder
100%
10.0
Model execution
100%
10.0
Collaboration (1)
100%
10.0
Social collaboration tools
100%
10.0
Reporting & Analytics (3)
100%
10.0
Dashboards
100%
10.0
Standard reports
100%
10.0
Custom reports
100%
10.0
Content Management Capabilties (1)
100%
10.0
Content management
100%
10.0
  • I don't handle ROI so I cannot tell you that.
  • It's definitely helpful for our business.
  • Works across the organization.
We have our own tech support for systems, I would say they probably could use more training on it, I don't really think it's anything regarding the SAP system, but more the knowledge they have on the system itself. It seems to take longer for them to fix any issues we may come across.
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We use it for SAP projects and it works well with SAP products and use it mainly to automate procedures and avoid manual process/procedure where possible and can be integrated with ERP/CRM. It helps orchestrate the business processes very well and integrate them.
  • Integrated well with SAP ERP/CRM
  • Comes with adequate tools that help define business rules/processes and also monitoring them and managing exceptions
  • Strong dependency with SAP portal is a drawback as it means that one needs to have SAP portal implemented
  • When there are certain workflows that run for a lengthy period of time, running more workflows can become slower
  • Strong SAP skills required
It is well suited when we need to integrate business processes with SAP ERP and SAP CRM - the solution can be integrated with business rules/procedures defined in SAP ERP/CRM and NetWeaver can be used to monitor the rules and flag off exceptions. When there are multiple workflows running, it tends to slow down running of these processes. Also, it entirely depends on SAP portal for it to run efficiently.
Process Engine (8)
72.5%
7.3
Process designer
70%
7.0
Process simulation
80%
8.0
Business rules engine
80%
8.0
SOA support
80%
8.0
Process player
70%
7.0
Support for modeling languages
60%
6.0
Form builder
70%
7.0
Model execution
70%
7.0
Collaboration (1)
60%
6.0
Social collaboration tools
60%
6.0
Reporting & Analytics (3)
70%
7.0
Dashboards
70%
7.0
Standard reports
70%
7.0
Custom reports
70%
7.0
Content Management Capabilties (1)
70%
7.0
Content management
70%
7.0
  • Helped us harness integrated benefit from having SAP ERP/CRM by leveraging NetWeaver to define business processes/rules and monitor exceptions
  • Did not have any negative experience except for the fact that at times when multiple rules run, it can be somewhat slow
I found the initial setup of NetWeaver is much simpler than other products especially in an SAP environment where we have SAP ERP/HRM/CRM as it can be well integrated with other SAP products. The only drawback is the need/dependency on SAP Portal. It is better suited in an environment where SAP ERP is running.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
SAP BPM is used across the entire organization. With multiple process flows that span dozens of business lines, it was critical to find a tool that can streamline the workflow process,
  • Virtual paper trail. Iterations of process and current documentation are all stored as "artifacts", leaving a great trail.
  • Configuration of users. BPM somewhat magically determines which users will be impacted and automates rules.
  • A pro (that is also a con) is the design interface. If you know what you are doing, it is incredibly powerful and malleable.
  • A con (which was also a pro) is the design interfac.e. It will require someone with heavy technical knowledge of SAP to train others on the tool.
  • The built-in rigidity of SAP systems in general. Yes, SAP is meant to be a rigid ERP tool, but some flexibility it user role assignments would be nice.
If your organization is heavily invested in SAP as an enterprise wide solution already, BPM is really your only option. Solid, seamless integration, smooth workflow, and data trails for business analysis are impeccable. If you aren't already heavily invested, key questions to ask would be - Am I using too big a hammer? The results are impressive, no doubt, but the integration of BPM is demanding. A less-demanding, more intutive tool like Winshuttle or even AR Projekt that hooks in to SAP might be a simpler option.
  • Definitely has increased efficiency between product line business analysts, since we all can see what the others are doing and how
  • Resulted in much cleaner pass-through from the technical documentation to the end-user documentation.
While Winshuttle is comparable, they are really two different tools in that Winshuttle is a hang-on tool while BPM is a catalyst tool. With WS, workflows start in SAP, flow to Winshuttle, and back in SAP (at least with my limited experience). In BPM, everything is housed in the BPM ecosystem, resulting in a much clearer business process flow.
As a big fan of SAP in general, the BPM solution fits right in with all the other things SAP does well, and does it with incredible efficiency.
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