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The simulation is used for process analysis and process optimization. Based on process models and organizational structures, the simulation enables a comparison of actual and target processes in terms of executability and efficiency. The focus can also be laid on costs, execution time, or resource usage. This answers questions on throughput times, weak points, bottlenecks, resource requirements, etc.

Please observe certain rules when creating the models, in order to guarantee that the required items and information are available so that the simulation can run smoothly later.

You can find the corresponding procedure descriptions and conventions in the help in the "Modeling" chapter.

You have several possibilities for starting the simulation. In Explorer, from a model, or from the "Find" dialog. First, the model is loaded in the "Simulation" module. There, you can specify various settings for the simulation runs.

For example, which models should be included in the simulation, which statistics are generated, or how the animation of attributes and objects should take place. The configuration is saved as the default, i.e. these settings are kept after you close the application.

Use the single session configuration to save the settings for the current session only. They are kept until the application is closed. Thus, click on "Apply" if you only wish to save the settings temporarily. When you have specified the settings you can start the simulation run. If the animation is activated, objects are displayed in color when a certain event or a specific state occurs. If you activated the creation of statistics, these will be displayed in the 'Statistics' pane and constantly updated.

There are cumulative statistics that contain cumulative data about simulated objects and detailed statistics that contain information about the entire course of the simulation. They provide data about each individual process and object and contain information about each activation and each objects states of change.

In addition, there are function costs statistics and weak point statistics. With these statistics you can analyze and optimize your processes. The created statistics can also be saved for later use. Alternatively, you can display the statistics as a chart. With the charts you can display and evaluate the results of the simulation graphically.

You just saw how you can use the simulation for the analysis and optimization of your business processes. Further information can be found in the general help, the help in dialogs as well as the manuals. Detailed information about simulation experiments can be found in the video tutorial "Simulation experiment with optimization".