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We are thrilled to announce today the general availability of our SAP Signavio May 2023 release.

The main highlights of the release are the introduction of plug and gain approach and additional connectivity options to SAP Ariba, SAP Cloud Analytics, and SAP Build Process Automation.
The plug and gain approach combines the strengths of our SAP Signavio Process Transformation Suite in a new, ground-breaking manner that allows our SAP ERP customers to prepare faster, deploy faster and continuously optimize the value of their transformation projects.

Plug and gain is a new and unique approach that reduces SAP ERP transformation preparation time from months to hours by quickly gathering a comprehensive and in-depth as-is state of the entire organization by simply plugging in.
It disrupts the rules of traditional process mining, it sheds lights on current as-is processes and helps to understand the status quo to quickly make informed decisions based on data-driven insights that are directly connected with KPIs, benchmarks and best-practices.
With the information gained around the largest improvement potentials, our SAP Signavio Process Transformation Suite can help to deployed faster and continuously realize value. For more information, please refer to this blog post.

Enterprise Automation with SAP Signavio and other SAP solutions will allow automating processes and workflows utilizing pre-build solutions and accelerating impact and benefit from immediate business results. For more information please this article.

With this release we provide new capabilities, features and value accelerators across the whole SAP Signavio Process Transformation Suite:

  • SAP Signavio Process Insights

  • SAP Signavio Process Intelligence

  • SAP Signavio Process Manager

  • SAP Signavio Journey Modeler

  • SAP Signavio Process Governance

  • SAP Signavio Process Collaboration Hub

  • SAP Signavio Process Explorer


Read here a summary of some of our highlights.

SAP Signavio Process Insights


SAP Signavio Process Insights expands connectivity options and available content.
The following features have been released for SAP Process Insights:

  • SAP Ariba Integration

  • SAP Analytics Cloud dashboard integration (restricted release)

  • Sustainability Content

  • Content Updates


SAP Ariba Integration:

We are excited to announce the connection of SAP Signavio Process Insights to SAP Ariba. This connection marks the first time that SAP Signavio Process Insights has connected to a non-ERP system.

With a network of millions of suppliers and buyers, and over US$3trn in annual commerce flowing through , there are significant opportunities to be unlocked for you through this connection.
From understanding your current process efficiencies, to drilling down to your root-causes, to moving from fast insights to actions, the new integration provides you with the capabilities to optimize your processes running on SAP Ariba.
Similar to the low effort required for ERP systems, the data integration with SAP Ariba will be via a standardized interface which allows customers to send data to SAP Signavio Process Insights.
The first update features Process Flows and Process Performance Indicators for SAP Ariba Procurement, and Process Flows for SAP Ariba Sourcing. These have been designed to support you, for example, in reducing non-compliant spend.
More updates are planned throughout 2023 and early into 2024, extending the available content to include SAP Ariba Contracts and SAP Ariba Supplier Management. These upcoming updates are aimed at helping you to reduce overall supply chain planning costs, reduce revenue loss due to stock-outs, better invoice management and reducing time-to-market for new products.

With this release we deliver the following Process Flows and PPIs for SAP Ariba Sourcing and SAP Ariba Procurement:

SAP Ariba Sourcing:

  • Request for Information (RFI)


SAP Ariba Procurement:

  • Purchase requisition item creation to purchase order item creation

  • Purchase order item creation to invoice receipt creation

  • Supplier invoice item creation to invoice item payment


SAP Signavio Process Insights – SAP Ariba data – process flow


To learn more about this SAP Signavio integration to SAP Ariba please read our blog. Click here to start step-by-step tutorial for this feature.

SAP Analytics Cloud dashboard integration (restricted release):

The challenge many businesses face is being able to continuously share insights and metrics that can help to drive process performance and bring about measurable improvement. SAP Signavio Process Insights has a lot of such metrics and insights, and to facilitate the holistic monitoring and improvement of relevant processes, we are pleased to announce a restricted release of the integration to SAP Analytics Cloud dashboard.
With this release, we introduce the Supplier Invoice Issuing to FI-AP Clearing (Financial Accounting - Accounts Payable) Process Flow.
This means that (if you have SAP Analytics Cloud) when you connect SAP Signavio Process Insights to SAP Analytics Cloud, you will be able to see insights pertaining to supplier invoices as they flow from being issued to being cleared. These insights will include any blockers (such as a high percentage of manually created invoices) and the average time it takes between milestones. This information will now be available for extended groups in the SAP Analytics Cloud dashboard, enabling increased collaboration between different groups and faster time to analysis and faster issue resolution.
Over the coming months we will release Process Flows aimed at increasing the amount of data and insights that can be passed from SAP Signavio Process Insights into SAP Analytics Cloud. These will include Supplier invoice issuing to FI-AP clearing, Customer invoice issuing to FI-AR clearing, Sales billing document creation to FI-AR clearing.
As this new update is a restricted release version, please contact us if you are interested in testing this new connection: process-insights-feedback@sap.com

SAP Analytics Cloud – visualized data from SAP Signavio Process Insights


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Sustainability Content:

As the topic of sustainability becomes increasingly important and central to how businesses want to operate, we are excited to announce the introduction of sustainability content for SAP Signavio Process Insights.
We introduce Process Flows, Process Performance Indicators and Correction Recommendations aimed at giving you greater visibility and opportunities for improvement around emissions costs and waste generation costs.
All of these updates are geared at help you to better manage sustainability initiatives in your organization, with more updates planned.


SAP Signavio Process Insights – process flows for sustainability

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General content update:

One of the main differentiators of SAP Signavio Process Insights is out-of-the-box content, such as Process Flows, Process Performance Indicators, Correction Recommendations and Innovations.
Since SAP Signavio Process Insights was launched in 2021, our content has been increasing at fast rate, which has seen, per the latest release, a 310% increase in Process Flows, 322% growth in Process Performance Indicators, an impressive 822% growth in Correction Recommendations and a 90% gain in Innovation Recommendations.
This content is designed to help you fast-track your process analysis initiatives and and ultimately reduce your time to value. Content will continue to increase, with more updates planned.

SAP Signavio Process Intelligence


SAP Signavio Process Intelligence provides several enhancements and product updates with the May 2023 release.
We have improved performance and scalability, expanded the connectivity options, and improved our process data management capabilities. New accelerator and engine performance updates and analytics enhancements enable you to reduce time to insight and time to value with our solution. Finally, we are closing the loop from insight to action, enabling much faster improvement and time savings with new automation and workflow integrations.

The following features have been released:

  • Actions:

    • Workflows, automation and notifications

    • Tight integration to SAP Build Process Automation



  • Process Data Management:

    • Materialized views

    • SAP S/4HANA Connection via CDS Views

    • Zip upload

    • Modelling improvements

    • On-premises extractor update to Java 17



  • Accelerators:

    • New accelerator: Manage Personal Employee Information on SAP SuccessFactors Employee Central

    • Updates to existing accelerators



  • Process analysis and mining:

    • Engine performance improvements

    • Metric library and collection enhancements

    • Dashboard enhancements

    • Several widget improvements




Actions:

One of the major highlights of this release for SAP Signavio Process Intelligence is Actions, a new capability that helps you close the loop from insight to action. From now on, you will be able to go end-to-end in your process improvement efforts with our new Actions feature, which allows process analysts to set up rule-based conditions (e.g. cycle time goes beyond a threshold, a non-compliant variant is performed by a user, some specific data values apply, or any combination of similar conditions) that, if fulfilled, generate an action. You can define these conditions using our query language SIGNAL and execute follow-up actions in an automated way.
These actions can be of different nature: workflows, automations, or notifications.

After discovering a process issue or an interesting performance metric, it is often necessary to start automated remediation. For this matter, process analysts need to integrate with different tools for improvement purposes. SAP Signavio Process Intelligence enables now process analysts to trigger workflows directly in SAP Build Process Automation or other 3rd party tools, leveraging webhook technology.

Besides workflows, it is also possible to trigger automations, executing RPA bots that act over repetitive human tasks based on process mining insights and speed up data-driven process improvement in your company. To accomplish this, we now offer you the ability to integrate Actions with standalone RPA bot scenarios in SAP Build Process Automation and execute them based on the specific process conditions defined. We also offer open connectivity to link Actions to other 3rd party automation tools, by setting up a web-hook. This allows you to connect to virtually any system using standard web-service calls.


SAP Signavio Process Intelligence – actions with SAP Build Process Automation


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But this is not all: leverage Actions to proactively inform your colleagues about critical process dynamics via E-Mail notifications and send them action results as CSV attachments. Or additionally, send these as Microsoft Teams notifications to your channel of choice by leveraging webhooks. This will truly help you expand the reach of process mining to multiple stakeholders in your organization.
Additionally, you can monitor and keep track of all successfully executed actions by activating the option to receive in-app communications directly in the SAP Signavio Process Transformation Suite. This allows you to take proactive action in a collaborative way, helps you reduce time to insight and adapt as well as save time in monitoring improvement programs.


SAP Signavio Process Intelligence – actions with email notifications

Process Data Management:

We significantly enhanced our process data management capabilities.
Process analysts and data engineers now profit from increased performance in the data transformation phase and preview of complex queries. This is supported by the materialization of data views, which are virtual tables built on defined queries whose results are cached when executing a data pipeline.
As a result, creating and maintaining large queries in complex data scenarios is now much easier and more performant, enabling to scale execution of SAP Signavio Process Intelligence across very large data models, and exploit the full power of the SIGNAL engine and its augmented performance. All this, while significantly speeding up the data transformation process and considerably reducing the chance of timeout issues.


SAP Signavio Process Intelligence – example of a data view


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We have also expanded the options to connect data to our solution.
With the new SAP S/4HANA Core Data Service (CDS) views connector, you can now connect much faster to SAP S/4HANA systems on public and private clouds. This represents a more modern and recommended alternative to the currently available RFC protocol, allows an easier data extraction and supports also taking advantage of the new Business Event Logging features being implemented in recent SAP S/4HANA versions, drastically reduce data modelling effort in building event logs. This way, you can more easily and natively apply process mining analysis to your business processes in SAP S/4HANA and accelerate the start of your process mining and transformation initiatives.


SAP Signavio Process Intelligence – New SAP S/4HANA CDS views connector


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In our January release, we introduced a completely renewed option to manually upload files (such as CSV files) to SAP Signavio Process Intelligence. This new uploader allows you to run quick process mining analyses on your data as an alternative or previous step to setting live system connections.
You now have the option to upload multiple CSV files as one single zip file, helping you speed up the start of a self-service process analysis or run a prototype much faster.


SAP Signavio Process Intelligence – uploading a .zip file


 

We also introduced several data modeling improvements that will support you in reducing complexity, save you time and increase collaboration during this data preparation phase.
The case attribute transformation in a pipeline execution is now faster, halving the time needed to execute queries on large data volumes.
New options in the SQL editor, such as shortcuts for search and preview, or option to change row limits, among other updates, will help you reduce the time to create and maintain your SQL queries.
Finally, profit now from better collaboration by working with your colleagues on the same data pipeline and the same business objects without overlapping each other’s work while easily accepting or rejecting each other’s changes.

As a closing reminder: our on-premises extractor is now compatible with Java 17. While still supporting previous versions, we recommend you plan a Java upgrade in your environment and install this latest version of the on-premises extractor. Read more in the On-premises server requirements documentation.

Accelerators:

We have released the accelerator “Manage Personal Employee Information” accelerator for SAP SuccessFactors, following our strategy to continuously provide new best-practice content with each release, thus helping you reduce time to insight and value with our solution. This templated approach allows you to start fast with a process mining initiative, then start customizing according to your needs.

The new accelerator covers the process of managing personal employee information in SAP SuccessFactors, in the Employee Central domain, and includes ready-to-use standard data transformation templates and metrics.

We also introduced updates to currently available accelerators. Please refer to the release notes for detailed information and see here the full list of our available accelerators.

Process analysis and mining: 

We improved our SIGNAL engine performance, supporting you in processing now even larger event logs, for very wide and complex enterprise processes. You will also notice improved performance in our automated insights feature, with a much faster generation of insights.

A more comprehensive set of SIGNAL functions for string handling, arithmetic rounding, and ranking further supports your process data analysis efforts to drill down into data and customize your investigations.


SAP Signavio Process Intelligence – creating breakdown widget using concatenation function


SAP Signavio Process Intelligence – creating breakdown widget using REPLACE function


SAP Signavio Process Intelligence – metrics values rounding

Our metric library and collection enhancements provide you with an overall improved user experience.
As a major highlight: with the automated mapping of system variables, all metrics which are the default for your chosen system type in your process settings are labeled now as ‘recommended’ in the metric library. Available for all accelerators with metrics, this will significantly shorten your efforts when starting your process analyses, as metrics are already pre-selected for you. You can find the full list in our documentation.
In addition, you can now activate rounding for metrics or share links to individual metrics, among other metric updates.


SAP Signavio Process Intelligence – metric validity status visible while creating widgets


 

The dashboards were one of the major updates for SAP Signavio Process Intelligence end of last year. They provide process analysts and subject matter experts with a much easier way to analyze, visualize, interact, and monitor insights in the solution.
You can now create and generate automated insights directly from a dashboard, saving you time to find insights manually, and create manual insights on a dashboard to record any interesting observations in your data. On top of this, a new drag and drop function allows you to easily reorder dashboard pages and better organize your analysis results.



SAP Signavio Process Intelligence – creating insights directly in a dashboard

Finally, we added several widget improvements, such as the possibility to sort data in breakdown widgets and a widget case details explorer, to explore all events and event-level attributes of every single case, to help you get deeper insights into your data, much faster.


SAP Signavio Process Intelligence – creating OLAP table widget



SAP Signavio Process Intelligence – case table widget


SAP Signavio Process Intelligence – creating breakdown widget, stacked bar chart with custom axis label



SAP Signavio Process Intelligence – breakdown widget with data sorting

We also extended the user interface translations to all widgets. From now on, all widgets show translations when switching the user interface language in your workspace.


SAP Signavio Process Intelligence – breakdown widget translated to the language of a workspace

SAP Signavio Process Manager


The following features have been released for SAP Signavio Process Manager:

  • Integration with SAP Financial Compliance Management

  • Navigation Maps link to Dictionary items

  • Value Chains link to Dictionary items


Integration with SAP Financial Compliance Management:

SAP Signavio Process Manager is now able to link business process models to SAP Financial Compliance Management tool, which will allow users to overcome missing assignments of as-is and to-be business-process models.
This will reduce manual effort for process managers, as controls come from the integration with SAP Financial Compliance Management. It will also enable government, risk, and compliance (GRC) workers to see the direct process assignment of controls in SAP Financial Compliance Management and ways to operationalize and report controls.
Plus, process managers and owners, as well as control and risk owners, will be capable to more readily establish their internal control system and reduce the overall cost of compliance, avoiding potential fees.


SAP Financial Compliance Management – Business process model link

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Business Process model connector for SAP Signavio solutions:

The GA release of the business process model connector for SAP Signavio solutions has been postponed to August 2023 in order to ensure a great customer experience for onboarding and usage of the connector to our customers. Technical aspects of the new connector, focusing on performance and stability, as well as product support and services are being improved to ensure that they are fully scalable and to secure a high-quality release that meets user expectations.

Navigation Maps link to Dictionary items:

Another feature that is available with this release is Navigation Maps link to Dictionary items. Users can now link Navigation Maps to Dictionary items, allowing process professionals to bring more context and guidance into Navigation Map diagrams. By leveraging the power of the Dictionary in SAP Signavio within Navigation Map diagrams, users will be able to bring more context into these diagrams, increasing comprehension of process landscapes. Users will also be able to benefit from more accurate usage reports of objects being reused in models beyond Business Process Modeling Notation (BPMN).


SAP Signavio Process Manager – Navigation Map linked to the dictionary item

Value Chains link to Dictionary items:

In addition, Value Chain diagrams can now also be linked into Dictionary items, allowing process professionals to bring more context and guidance into value chains, increasing comprehension across the organization. Users will also be able to benefit from more accurate usage reports of objects being reused in models beyond Business Process Modeling Notation (BPMN).


SAP Signavio Process Manager –Value Chain linked to the dictionary item

Increased file storage size:

Considering the rise of process content along with process models, SAP Signavio Process Manager now offers the additional storage needed to maintain these documents as repositories become more complex, allowing process professionals to maintain more process content as a central repository of processes.

This release enables customers to upload significantly bigger files, such as documents and images, and use them across the workspace.
Total file storage space for all connected tenants is increased from the current 2 GB to 10 GB, while the maximum size of single files is boosted from the current 16 MB to up to 32 MB.

SAP Signavio Process Explorer


SAP Signavio Process Explorer, our gateway to SAP Signavio Value Accelerators, makes available new best practices and value accelerators specific to the SAP product portfolio.
Particularly, we are releasing Process Models for SAP Business Network for Supply Chain which will help customers accelerate the time-to-design and time-to-implement of their projects by building upon best practice content to kick-start their implementation.
Customers can also reference these value accelerators to speed up their fit-to-standard workshops and implement the solution aligned with SAP standards.

In summary organizations can:
Achieve faster time-to-value by:

  • Exploring, consuming and building upon SAP best practice content

  • Kick-start implementation adopting standardized processes


Design and implement processes that capture the standards in SAP Business Network for Supply Chain to:

  • Mitigate project risks

  • Proceed confidently leveraging process models that are proven and used by many


SAP Signavio Process Explorer is accessible at this link, all you need is a SAP registered user.


Process Models for SAP Business Network for Supply Chain

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SAP Signavio Journey Modeler


With this release, we’re introducing the ability of fast tabular journey input from Microsoft Excel.
Journey modelers are now able to leverage their journeys from any plain text comma separated values (CSV) or Excel format into SAP Signavio Journey Modeler by:

  • Copying journey cells from Excel or a CSV file.

  • Pasting and transforming it into journey model items in SAP Signavio Journey Modeler.


With this new feature, users benefit from more efficient and easier to use journey creation, saving time and costs to move journeys after a workshop.

Click here to start step-by-step tutorial for this feature.

SAP Signavio Process Governance


The following features have been released for SAP Signavio Process Governance:

  • Process read confirmations,

  • Ability to trigger approvals with nested subprocesses.


Process read confirmations:

SAP Signavio Process Governance increases level of process understanding across the organization with this new feature.
Process read confirmations enable process owners to gain transparency over the compliance level of end users. Process collaborators or end users are now enabled to confirm that they have read and understood the latest changes in a published revision of a process.
Visualizing the read and unread count with in-tool statistics provided by SAP Signavio Process Governance provides transparency for collaborators and allows process owners to follow up with end users who didn’t confirm that they read and understood the latest changes.

Click here to start step-by-step tutorial for this feature.

Ability to trigger approvals with nested subprocesses:

Process owners are now able to automatically include subprocesses as part of an approval flow.
They can select any or all subprocesses to be included in an approval cycle and also select which approval workflow these subprocesses will follow.
In addition process owners can review tasks in bulk to approve, decline or delegate tasks to other users for related processes.

Click here to start step-by-step tutorial for this feature.

SAP Signavio Process Collaboration Hub


Audience-specific overlay visibility:

As new feature for SAP Signavio Collaboration Hub, Process Owners can now determine Overlay Visibility and select which overlays are visible, per audience.

Summary:


Your main benefits with this release are:

  • Expanded integration options for process analysis and visualization

  • New accelerator and content made available

  • Improved process data management capabilities

  • Closing the loop from insight to action


This blog post only provides an overview of the latest features and enhancements of SAP Signavio Process Transformation Suite with our May 2023 release. For more details, please read our release notes.





Please feel free to share you questions around the release or feedback in the comments with us.

You can also reach out to us via the SAP Signavio Community.