IDS Scheer's ARIS PPM Process Monitoring Software Helps Support SAP in Becoming a Best-Run Company

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SAP measures its Global Purchasing Organization processes to enhance operational performance and receives IDS Scheer's BPE Award 2008 at ARIS ProcessWorld.

The achieved process transparency and improvements support the Global Process Organization staff in managing their workload more efficiently, focusing on strategic issues and implementing best-in-class purchasing processes

Using ARIS Process Performance Manager (ARIS PPM) from IDS Scheer, the leading provider of Business Process Management (BPM), SAP measures and optimizes its operational purchasing processes on a worldwide level. As a result, SAP's Global Purchasing Organization has been simplifying the processes and increasing process automation, resulting in best-in-class purchasing processes. In addition, with ARIS PPM the Global Purchasing Organization is able to easily monitor whether controls in the processes are complied when it comes to SOX Compliance. Thanks to the outstanding success of the project, SAP has been awarded IDS Scheer's Business Process Excellence (BPE) Award 2008 for Process Intelligence & Performance Management.

"One of SAP's mid-term strategic goals is operational excellence," said Mark Scavillo, head of Process Governance in SAP's Business Process Organization. "This requires all areas of the company to develop and implement processes that help make SAP a process-driven company. One of our main tasks is transparency and being able to measure our processes. We found ARIS PPM from IDS Scheer to be an ideal tool to do this for us. We can always see with this software tool if we are heading in the right direction".

To help ensure that SAP becomes a best-run company, the SAP Business Process Organization chose a major process improvement project in its Global Purchasing Organization and focused on the controlling phase. The idea was to create a showcase within the company for measuring further system-based processes. After having implemented ARIS PPM from IDS Scheer, SAP has increased transparency over process execution and established a continuous improvement program for processes on purchasing types. Thus, the Global Purchasing Organization is able to simplify the processes and increase process automation where necessary.

The process intelligence approach using ARIS PPM, cycle times and operating time of the purchasing organization have become traceable, leading to measurable end-to-end processes. This allows managers at all levels of the organization to receive and analyze Process Performance Indicators specific to their needs.

"The achieved process transparency and improvements support the Global Process Organization staff in managing their workload more efficiently, focusing on strategic issues and implementing best-in-class purchasing processes," added Scavillo of SAP. "The new transparency allows us to make better decisions. Using ARIS PPM, we are able to measure the operational purchasing processes per commodity, globally, regionally and locally, to help achieve organizational goals in line with SAP´s mid-term strategy. By reducing the processing time and enhancing the quality of a purchase order, we will consequently improve customer satisfaction."

Another benefit of the project is related to SOX Compliance. With ARIS PPM, SAP can now easily monitor whether controls in the process are executed effectively on a global level.

"We are proud that our controlling and monitoring software supports SAP in becoming a process-oriented company and establishing a continuous improvement program for business processes on a global scale," says Dr. Helge Hess, Director ARIS Research & Development and Product & Solution Management of IDS Scheer. "The measurable benefits achieved by their Global Purchasing Organization induced us to award SAP with the Business Process Excellence Award 2008 in the Process Intelligence & Performance Management category."

SAP resells the ARIS offering under the name SAP Enterprise Modeling applications by IDS Scheer. IDS Scheer is an SAP global services partner and SAP is strategic partner of IDS Scheer.

About IDS Scheer
IDS Scheer is the market leader in Business Process Management (BPM) software, solutions and services for corporations and public organizations worldwide. With its unrivaled ARIS Platform for Process Excellence, the company offers an integrated, comprehensive solution portfolio for the strategy, design, implementation and controlling of business processes. Utilizing the ARIS Value Engineering (AVE) approach, IDS Scheer consultants bridge the gap between corporate strategy, business processes, IT solutions and process controlling. Thus companies are able to improve their overall business performance continuously. About 3,000 employees in over 70 countries serve the company's 7,000 customers. In 2007, IDS Scheer's revenues reached 393,5 million Euro . Established in 1984 by Prof. August-Wilhelm Scheer, IDS Scheer is listed in the TecDAX on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (Germany).

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