Copy processes from SAP Solution Manager 7.2

This section describes the classic connector for SAP Solution Manager 7.2.

You can copy processes, for example SAP Best Practice Process Models, including folder structures, from SAP Solution Manager to SAP Signavio Process Manager.

While executable transactions and process steps are imported regularly, processes are usually copied only once.

SAP Best Practice Process Models are provided by SAP as templates for best practices processes, the copied process models can then be customized in SAP Signavio Process Manager.

Once you have copied diagrams from SAP Solution Manager 7.2, we recommend to edit the diagrams in SAP Signavio Process Manager. How you use the modeling tools is described in section Modeling.

Current limitations

The following limitations apply to copying processes from SAP Solution Manager:

  • If processes are available in multiple languages in SAP Solution Manager, only the default language is copied.

  • Only the diagram types Process and Collaboration are imported, universal diagrams are not imported.

  • Pools and lanes are not yet linked to dictionary items .

  • Only a single subprocess can be linked in SAP Signavio Process Manager, while SAP Solution Manager supports multiple links. If no default link is defined, then the first link is used.

  • Events are not linked to interfaces.

  • Elements of the type System (IT systems in SAP Signavio Process Manager) are not imported.

  • Several intermediate event types are only imported as blank events without the specific type icon.

Prerequisite: Create a Process Document

For the integration to work, you need to create a Process Document for all relevant processes before you start the first import.

While creating of this document is necessary for successfully importing content from SAP Solution Manager, the document can be ignored once it was created.

How to generate a Process Document is described in this SAP blog post.

In the section Assignment group filters, you need to select Diagrams and Documentation. When you follow the procedure described in the blog post, this is Step 3.

Process structure on the SAP side

In SAP Solution Manger, unlike SAP Signavio Process Manager, there is a distinction between process definitions and visual process diagrams.

A structure that contains process definitions is called a scenario. A process definition can contain a list of Process Steps. Process Steps are stored in the Process Step Library. This list of Process Steps can be used to create visual process diagrams. The same process definition can be represented as several, equally valid visual process diagrams. This means a process definition can include one or multiple visual process diagrams.

You can also create visual process models with draft Process Steps not stored in the Process Step Library. In this case, the process definition doesn't contain a list of Process Steps and is represented as visual diagrams only.

Visual process models can contain links to sub-processes.

Mapping of the SAP process structure to the SAP Signavio Process Manager process structure

Since the SAP process structure and the structure in SAP Signavio Process Manager are not the same, the content imported from SAP Solution Manager 7.2 needs to be mapped to matching or similar items in SAP Signavio Process Manager.

SAP Solution Manager 7.2 SAP Signavio Process Manager
Scenario A scenario is copied as a folder.
Process definition

A process definition is only imported if there is no visual diagram for a process.

For processes without any diagram, a simple diagram with a sequence of tasks is created, based on the list of Process Steps referenced in SAP Solution Manager 7.2 in the current process. The import does not include a list of Process Steps.

Process Steps Originals from Process Steps Library

If the Process Steps Library was previously imported into the dictionary, imported BPMN tasks are linked to Process Steps. For more information about the dictionary import, see section Import Solution Manager content to the dictionary.

Visual process diagrams

For processes with at least one diagram, all diagrams available for a process are imported into the folder of the process. The import does not include a list of Process Steps.

By default, only the diagram name from SAP Solution Manager is used.

You can enable the option to add the process name to the diagram name when you import content.

Custom attributes Custom attributes are copied if they are configured in the mapping, for details see section Configure attribute mappings.

Import of process diagrams

In SAP Solution Manager, the same process definition can be represented as several, equally valid visual process diagrams.

In SAP Signavio Process Manager, there is no separation between processes and process diagrams. This means if in SAP Solution Manager there are multiple diagrams of the same process, these diagrams are imported as separate process diagrams.

Preceding and subsequent processes

For linking preceding and subsequent processes, you need to configure custom attributes in SAP Signavio Process Manager. These attributes have to be of type Diagram link (as list).

You need 2 custom attributes, one for preceding and one for subsequent processes.

To link preceding processes, the attribute needs to be defined for BPMN 2.0 start events. To link subsequent processes, the attribute needs to be defined for BPMN 2.0 end events.

How you create custom attributes is described in section Add and manage custom attributes.

Trigger a copy from SAP Solution Manager

When you trigger a new copy, a new folder is created, with new copies of the diagrams and folder structure. Existing copies aren't overwritten.

  1. In the SAP Signavio Process Manager Explorer, select Setup - Manage SAP Solution Manager 7.2.

  2. Switch to the Processes tab.

  3. Select the custom attributes for linking preceding and subsequent processes. For details, see section Preceding and subsequent processes.

  4. In the Copy section, you can enable Add process name to the diagram name.

    By default, only the diagram name from SAP Solution Manager is used.

  5. Click Copy process diagrams and folders.

    Copying starts. The copy procedure can take a while, depending on the number of copied processes. Don't close the window or start a second import until you see a result message

    When the copy procedure has finished, you get a notification how many processes were copied.

    A new folder is created automatically, with the naming pattern Solution-Branch-timestamp .