I just got started on SAP BPM and CE, this blog was very informative to put things into perspective. But, there is still some amount confusion in my mind
1) Is SAP BPM part of CE 7.1?
2) How is PI/XI positioned with ARIS, SAP BPM in future? (PI/XI’s role in BPM for tomorrow)
3) Is there a direct way of importing business processes from CE to ESR and build integration from PI?
Any comments are much appreciated.
thanks for your positive feedback.
Here some thoughts as far as I can answer.
ad 1) Yes, SAP BPM should be part of CE 7.1… Ramp-up is afaik planned end of this year. GA beginning 2009.
ad 2) From my point of view, PI/XI is stronger focusing on inter-application communication and EAI approaches based on BPEL (with some variations). While BPM uses BPMN notation to orchestrate system-based but also human-based composites. I am sure that the role of ARIS will be to help to achieve a company-wide approach to standardize, analyse and optimize the daily business processes from the end-user and business point of view. This means coming from business to process and not from process model to code… I hope this helps a little to reduce the confusion in your mind…
Please take a look at the ARISTV Episode 8 (http://www.arisblog.com/videos/aris-tv-episode-8-bpm-with-sap-and-aris/)
ad 3) I have to admit that I do not know this in detail today. Perhaps you can contact SAP on this directly.