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Simulation Question

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by Anthony Dials in ARIS in practice posted on 2017-09-18


I am looking for a tool that does business process simulation.  When I view the ARIS 9 videos, I see the simulation ability and it looks promising. I did have a couple of questions though...

  1. Can you add in your own custom values to be collected during the simulation?  For instance, I would like to add in a variable for cost of a product.  Based on the simulation, I want to be able to see the product cost at the end of every run.  Some paths through the flow could produce a single product, some multiple.  Does it support something like this?
  2. Can you run simulations against BPMN 2.0 flows?  
  3. One more side question:  Does ARIS support the import and export of BPMN 2.0 models?  I did some of this with Aris Express, so I just wanted to confirm.



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Ralf Angeli posted on 2017-09-18

Hi Tony, here are some answers to your questions:

ad 1) Custom values are not supported. The simulation in ARIS works with a predefined set of attributes. For cost information you can specify cost per activity execution as well as cost per hour spent by a resource. As a result you'll get cost information for human resources, functions and processes, both accumulated and per instance. So getting something like cost per product unit could be a bit difficult, unless it is directly related to the cost of a process instance.

ad 2) Yes, BPMN 2.0 flows are supported in addition to EPCs.

ad 3) Yes, you can import and export BPMN 2.0 models with the BPMN file format.

Geoff Hook posted on 2017-09-18



I cant tell from your community profile where you work in the US or what business problems you are trying to tackle with simulation. I work for Lanner and we provide the simulation engine that is embedded inside ARIS. Simulation is what we do, if you would like to look further let me know, my details are on my profile