SAP has a long history of bolstering its product offerings by acquiring companies and solutions.
One of its more recent acquisitions was Signavio, a startup specializing in enterprise business process management. Signavio’s products are now available as part of SAP’s business process intelligence (BPI) portfolio. Let’s learn more about this set of solutions.
What Is Business Process Management?
Before diving into SAP Signavio, it’s important to understand what the solution actually focuses on: business process management. This refers to the act of mapping out how business processes work (one example: how a component is produced before putting it into a product) and using data from existing business processes and operations, analyzing it, and using it to make future processes and operations more efficient and cost-effective.
With this definition out of the way, let’s dive into SAP Signavio.
SAP Signavio History
SAP Signavio traces its origins to 2006 when a group of students in Germany decided they could fill a hole in the business process management market by creating software that allowed different departments to internally communicate how they were doing things. The thought was that, if communication increased and improved, collaboration would be easier.
By 2009, the first iteration of this software had been developed and refined, and was launched as Signavio, based on the Italian word for signpost. According to the SAP Signavio website, the solution serves “as a signpost for workflows, processes, and decisions.” As the years passed, Signavio grew its market share and became a leading business process management solution.
SAP renewed its foray into business process management in 2018 with solutions like Spotlight by SAP, SAP Workflow Management, and SAP Intelligent Robotic Process Automation, but none of these products had the same scope as Signavio. As SAP often does, in addition to growing out its own, homegrown solutions, it also looked to the market to partner with established players. Signavio, with over one million users, was at the top of the list.
In 2021, SAP announced it was purchasing the Signavio suite of products as a way to increase the SAP BPI capabilities. This was particularly important as BPI was going to play an important role in the new RISE with SAP offering that had been announced earlier that year. By purchasing Signavio, SAP could quickly add world-class business process management tools into RISE with SAP and other SAP functionality.
The SAP Signavio Process Transformation Suite Solutions
The SAP Signavio Process Transformation Suite is made up of a number of different solutions. Here is an overview of each.
SAP Signavio Journey Modeler
The SAP Signavio Journey Modeler allows businesses to gain an understanding into how stakeholders experience their corner of the business. It focuses on each person’s journey, aggregates the information, and provides models that can be used to improve processes.
SAP Signavio Process Collaboration Hub
The SAP Signavio Process Collaboration Hub provides stakeholders with a way to brainstorm and work together to determine what to change and how to implement those changes. It includes commenting, notifications, presentations, and more.
SAP Signavio Process Governance
The SAP Signavio Process Governance solution provides a way to make sure that their processes are compliant with various regulations.
SAP Signavio Process Insights
The SAP Signavio Process Insights solution provides continuous monitoring of business processes. This is important because you’ll be able to receive real-time information on how processes are performing. If things change for the worse, you’ll be alerted and given recommendations on how to overcome the issue.
SAP Signavio Process Intelligence
The SAP Signavio Process Intelligence solution helps you mine processes, which is a way of gathering information about processes that can then be analyzed and used to improve the processes in the future.
SAP Signavio Process Manager
The SAP Signavio Process Manager focuses on modeling processes based on the feedback received from stakeholders. It allows users to track revisions and compare changes, making it easy to understand what’s been changed and how it affected the process.
The six SAP Signavio solutions listed above focus on gathering insight from stakeholders when planning out the daily operations and future of a business. By crowdsourcing business process information, you can easily determine what is working, what needs to be improved, and what should be cut as the company grows. This is particularly key when undergoing a digital transformation, as such a large project can be a great time to reset and retire old processes or train stakeholders on best practices.