Import the APQC Process Classification Framework

With this feature, you can import APQC frameworks into your workspace.

The representation of the APQC framework in SAP Signavio Process Manager

The hierarchy structure of the APQC framework is represented by a folder tree in SAP Signavio Process Manager.

Once the import is done, every element in the sheet "Combined" is represented in the workspace in different forms (depending on the hierarchy level of the element):

  • level 1 (X.0): a folder and inside of it a value chain with the same name including / linking to all direct child elements

  • level 2 (X.X): a folder and inside of it a value chain including / linking to all direct child elements

  • level 3 (X.X.X): depending on whether the hierarchy for this part goes down to level 4 (only one more level of direct children) or level 5 (two more levels)

  • stops at level 4: a BPMN diagram including all direct child elements as activities

  • stops at level 5: a folder and inside of it a value chain including / linking to all direct child elements

  • level 4 (X.X.X.X): depending on whether the hierarchy for this part goes down to level 4 (no more children) or level 5 (one more level of child elements)

  • stops at level 4: activity elements in a BPMN model (see above)

  • stops at level 5: a BPMN diagram including all direct child elements as activities

  • level 5 (X.X.X.X.X; optional): activity elements in a BPMN model (see above)

  • A single, top-level value chain is created linking to all imported level 1 value chains.

The diagram's Description attribute contains the corresponding APQC glossary term.

If you already have a workspace, please contact our SAP Signavio service experts on the SAP ONE Support Launchpad to activate the APQC importer.

Import a APQC spreadsheet

To import the APQC framework into your workspace, follow these steps:

  1. Download the framework as a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet from the APQC web site. Modify the spreadsheet as required.

  2. Open the explorer and click Import/Export > Import APQC Excel.

    The Import APQC diagram structure from .xls file dialog opens.

  3. Click Choose File and select an APQC framework Excel spreadsheet.

  4. Click Import.

    The framework imports into the folder that is selected in the explorer.

    The import can take several minutes.

Now, you are able to use the APQC framework as the beginning of your business process management initiative in SAP Signavio Process Manager.