Simulating BPMN diagrams

With the BPMN simulation tool you can visualize process runs and analyze processes based on step-by-step, configurable one-case, and multiple-case scenarios. This provides information about cost, cycle times, resources, and bottlenecks in your processes.

Modeling users who only have read access to a diagram can use the BPMN simulation tool, but can't manage the diagrams simulation scenarios.

Simulating BPMN diagrams can help to increase process awareness and can answer specific questions like:

  • How much does a process run cost on average?

  • How are costs distributed over roles and tasks?

  • How much would 10% more of case X instead of case Y affect the cost?

  • Is the bottleneck in this process?

  • How much of everyone’s time is consumed in this process?

  • How would 20% more requests affect the cycle time?

  • Would an another risk analyst speed up the cycle time?

The simulation tool only works with BPMN 2.0 diagrams.

Access the BPMN simulation tool

You can access the BPMN simulator in two ways:

  • Open explorer, select a model and click Edit > Simulate BPMN Diagram.

  • When you have opened a diagram in the editor, QuickModel or the diagram comparison tool , expand the user menu and click Simulation.

BPMN simulation tool functions

The simulation tool has the following functions:

  • One-case simulation: Simulate one specific case to analyze costs and time consumption for the case.

    Access to this feature depends on your license.

  • Multiple-case simulation: Simulate multiple process runs, taking into account configured probabilities and analyzing quantitative data and bottlenecks.

To create and manage simulation scenarios, read the Managing simulation scenarios section.

You can export the results of the multiple case simulation as an XLS spreadsheet, read the Exporting simulation results section.

If you're unsure what specific metrics in the simulation results mean, read the Simulation result metrics section.

In case you encounter issues with the BPMN simulation tool, read the Troubleshooting issues with the BPMN simulation feature section.