SAP obtaining @Signavio into Business Procedure Intelligence unit

I initially met Signavio CEO Gero Decker in 2008, when he was a researcher at Hasso Platner Institut and emailed me about promoting their BPMN poster — a thrust to have BPMN (then version 1.1) regarded as a normal for process modeling. I attended the educational BPM meeting in Milan that 12 months but Gero wasn’t capable to go to, whilst his identify was on a pair of that year’s modeling-associated demo classes and papers linked to Oryx, an open up supply approach modeling task. By the 2009 convention in Ulm we ultimately satisfied experience-to-deal with, wherever he informed me about what he was doing the job on, approach modeling suggestions that would eventually evolve into Signavio. By the 2010 BPM convention in Hoboken, he was exhibiting me a Signavio demo, and we ended up working into just about every other at quite a few other BPM occasions around the a long time, as well as owning lots of on line briefings as they introduced new goods. The a long time of difficult perform that he and his team have place into Signavio have paid off this week with the announcement of Signavio’s impending acquisition by SAP (Signavio press launch, SAP press release). There have been rumors floating about for a pair of times, and this early morning I had the prospect for a swift chat with Gero in progress of the formal announcement.

The blend of business enterprise method intelligence from SAP and Signavio generates a primary conclude-to-finish organization approach transformation suite to support our buyers accomplish the prerequisites necessary to achieve a aggressive edge.

Luka Mucic, CFO of SAP

SAP is launching Increase with SAP nowadays, with the Signavio acquisition a element of the announcement. Rise with SAP is billed as “business transformation as a service”, supplying organization approach redesign (like Signavio), technical migration (which appears to be a thrust to get unwilling customers onto their present-day system), and making an clever company (which is primarily a cloud infrastructure message).

This is a whole enterprise acquisition, which includes all Signavio staff (numbering about 500). Gero and the only other co-founder even now at Signavio, CTO Willi Tscheschner, will continue on in their roles to travel forward the merchandise eyesight and implementation, getting component of SAP’s fairly new Business enterprise Procedure Intelligence unit, which is right beneath the government board. Given that that unit beforehand contained about 100 persons, the Signavio acquisition will swell those people ranks significantly, and Gero will co-direct the device with the current GM, Rouven Morato. A prolonged-time SAP staff, Morato can no question aid navigate the often murky organizational waters that may possibly or else excursion up a newcomer. Morato was also a sizeable drive in SAP’s own inner transformation by means of analytics and procedure intelligence, going them from the dinosaur of aged to a (rather) extra nimble and responsive firm, consequently understands the great importance of merchandise like Signavio’s in reworking huge organizations.

Current Signavio customers likely won’t see substantially variation ideal now. Over time, abilities from SAP will develop into integrated into the approach intelligence suite, these kinds of as deeper integration to introspect and evaluate SAP S/4 procedures. Sooner or later product names and SKUs will adjust, but as long as Gero is included, you can count on the identical laser target on linking consumer working experience and steps back again to procedures. The opportunity consumer base for Signavio will broaden significantly, especially as they begin to supply dashboards that collect information on processes that incorporate, but are not restricted to, the SAP suite. In the past, SAP has been quite centered on delivering “best practice” processes within their suite nevertheless, if there’s nearly anything that this earlier yr of pandemic-driven disruption has taught us, those ideal tactics aren’t normally best for each group, and procedures usually involve points outdoors of SAP. Possessing a broader look at of close-to-stop processes will support businesses in their electronic transformations.

Certainly, this is going to have an impression on SAP’s existing partnership with Celonis, considering that the SAP Course of action Mining by Celonis would be immediately in competition with Signavio’s System Intelligence. Of program, Signavio also has a lengthy historical past with SAP, but their partnership has not been as tightly branded as the Celonis arrangement. Right until now. Celonis arguably has a stronger method mining products than Signavio, specifically with their launch into job mining, and have a long background of doing the job with SAP customers on their system enhancement. There is constantly room for partners that deliver distinctive functionality even if fairly in levels of competition with an inner operation, but Celonis will will need to create a strong case for why a SAP shopper need to pick them over the Signavio-primarily based, SAP-branded course of action intelligence giving.

Retain in brain that SAP has not had a great track document of system solutions that aren’t section of their core suite: don’t forget SAP NetWeaver BPM? Yeah, I didn’t believe so. Nonetheless, Signavio’s solutions are focused on modeling and analyzing procedures, not automating them, so they could possibly have a greater probability of currently being positioned as identifying enhancements to procedures that are automated in the core suite, as nicely as giving SAP extra visibility into how their customers’ companies operate outdoors of the SAP suite. There is absolutely wonderful probable here, but also the chance of just turning into buried in SAP — time will explain to.

Disclosure: Signavio has been a shopper of mine inside the last year for developing a sequence of webinars. I was not compensated in any way for producing this write-up (or everything else on this site, for that subject), and it signifies my possess opinions.

(Cross-posted @ Column 2)