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With ARIS Express we wanted to address the following use-case from the very beginning: every person involved is able to describe his, say, daily process using ARIS Express and these models are later on collected and reused by ARIS experts in ARIS Business Architect. This scenario is now coming to life with a new feature in ARIS Business Architect – the import of ADF files created by ARIS Express.

Let’s imagine that you are running a book selling business. An employee responsible for electronic sales describes the order process on your website in ARIS Express like this:

EPC in ARIS Express

You want to make that model a part of your process repository, of course, in order to have a possibility to drill down high-level models and see detailed processes. Now you can import created ADF into any group in your database (sure, you must have permissions for import) via context menu.

Import of ADF files in ARIS Business Architect

After import, the model created in ARIS Express is stored in your repository and ready to be further refined – adjusted to comply with company’s modeling conventions or assigned to other models for example. A model is always imported in the same language as it was created in ARIS Express, so it may happen that you don’t see attributes after import, because you are logged in using a different database language. In such a case, you might want re-login using original model’s language to see them, or you can also fill in properties in other languages, as you are used to from ARIS Business Architect.

EPC in ARIS Business Architect after import

Well, now we’ve got the book order process in a database and it is a part of company’s processes. As you can see, objects in model have standard ARIS look & feel, but maybe you prefer the look & feel of ARIS Express. And yes, it is possible to have it in ARIS Business Architect, too! You just need to import Express filter and template, which you can find on the installation DVD in the folder “Databases and Filters”, subfolder “Filters”. If you log in to a database using Express filter, your models will look exactly as they do in ARIS Express.

Look and feel like ARIS Express in ARIS Business Architect

So why is ADF import in ARIS Business Architect a very powerful feature? Because in your company, there are people who have the knowledge about organization’s processes, but who are not familiar with BPM. And there are BPM experts, who know their tools, but a big deal of their daily work is to talk to people and figure out what they are doing. While ARIS Express is a great tool for the first group to transform their process knowledge to models, ADF import provides possibility for BPM experts to collect that knowledge as models and reuse it further.

Note: This article describe a feature introduced or extended with ARIS Platform 7.1 Service Release 5. See this post for links to similar articles.

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