Siemens IT Operations Automating Business Processes for Service Management

Taps IDS Scheer's ARIS Process Platform, Microsoft BizTalk Server to model, execute processes

Taps IDS Scheer's ARIS Process Platform, Microsoft BizTalk Server to model, execute processes

Berwyn, PA — July 27, 2005 — Siemens IT Operations, a provider of IT out-tasking solutions, has selected products from IDS Scheer and Microsoft — ARIS Process Platform and BizTalk Server, respectively — to automate its highly complex business processes for IT service management, using ARIS to model its business processes and then executing them with the BizTalk Server.

Siemens IT Operations generated executable processes for the BizTalk Server and Web services code with the ARIS UML Designer, a component of ARIS P2A (Process to Applications) solution, which is designed to bridge the gap between process models and executable applications.

ARIS P2A is intended to help companies convert business processes directly to software with no loss of information. This enables the establishment of a consistent process from the business administration requirements definition to the executable application for a wide range of different platforms, according to IDS.

"The ARIS Process Platform enables implementation of company processes and meets the requirements of model driven architecture (MDA) while ensuring the development of solutions for Web services, EAI and B2B," IDS said in a statement announcing the deal.

Microsoft BizTalk Server combines different systems in a single, service-oriented architecture. Siemens IT Operations is using this solution for controlling and running its business processes. BizTalk is currently in use within 4,500 installations for automating processes throughout heterogeneous systems and beyond company boundaries, as well as for engaging business users in those processes.

"Companies that have already used ARIS to model their business processes can now also implement them quickly and inexpensively on the Windows Server System to achieve concrete, measurable process improvements in a short space of time," said Stefan Ropers, director of Business Group, Servers & Tools for Microsoft.

IDS said that the ARIS Process Platform provides a business process management platform and central process repository to create a blueprint that can drive an organization's strategic BPM initiatives. IDS said that it would soon unveil the newest version of its ARIS Process Platform, ARIS 7.0.

Additional Articles of Interest

— For more information on solutions for business process management, see "BPM Rising," the Net Best Thing column in the October/November 2002 issue ofiSource Business (now Supply & Demand Chain Executive) magazine.

— As technology's benefits hit the wall, one provider believes business process management can boost competitiveness. Read the article Finding Adaptability in BPM for more on this topic.

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