ARIS Simulation

Analyze and improve processes

Where do process bottlenecks occur? What are process weaknesses? Which process variants work best? Take the guesswork out of making process improvements and reduce risks. ARIS Simulation is a tool that lets you realistically simulate and dynamically analyze business processes so that you can identify the best strategies to improve your processes—before you make costly changes.

Key benefits

  • Start easily with simple experiments and pre-defined queries to obtain fast results
  • Discover process weaknesses and bottlenecks
  • Identify best practices in your processes
  • Test to determine whether new processes are executable and efficient
  • Optimize throughput times and resource utilization
  • Determine resource requirements, utilization levels and costs relating to workflows
  • Review organizational decisions before implementing them
  • Analyze potential process risks
  • Establish enterprise-wide benchmarks
  • Plan levels of support and resources needed for deployment
  • Streamline your work with full integration with ARIS Enterprise

ARIS Simulation is ideal for reengineering, optimizing and analyzing processes, benchmarking and resource planning. You can identify process modeling errors, inefficiencies and weaknesses using a wide range of analyses.

With our powerful process management tool, we’ve increased operational efficiency and enhanced the stakeholder experience. Now we’re using simulation to boost gap analysis capability and continuously improve.

- Head of Process Management Team, Ooredoo Qatar

Key features

Interactive process simulation

See at-a-glance overviews of simulated models, simulation status and evaluations in the form of statistical tables and diagrams. Manage simulation runs via a toolbar, a menu or a simple keystroke. You can start, pause and stop simulation runs, regulate process speed and execute the simulation step-by-step. While the simulation is running, you can animate model objects and see the resulting attributes, which are updated continuously for each object.

Data-driven statistics

Collect a wealth of statistics during a simulation, and then use these stats to address your analysis needs. For example:

  • Function stats tell you the number of executions and dynamic wait times
  • Process stats display the number of completed process instances and throughput times
Easy-to-understand diagrams

Statistics are presented in easy-to-understand pie charts, bar charts and line graphs.

Integrated ARIS repository

No unnecessary modeling effort is required. ARIS Simulation uses process designs and data—such as cost, times and volumes—from the central ARIS repository. Because the tool is fully integrated into ARIS Enterprise, processes captured by ARIS provide the baseline data for simulating business processes.

L-Sim® simulation engine

ARIS Simulation deploys the L-Sim simulation engine from the Lanner Group, a leading provider of simulation software. ARIS Simulation is an extension for ARIS Enterprise. No additional software is required, and there are no imports or exports.

Simulate EPC or BPMN models

With ARIS Simulation, you can analyze Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) across your Event-driven Process Chain (EPC) or Business Process Model and Notation (BPMN) models to identify bottlenecks. KPIs include:

  • Process throughput times
  • Dynamic wait times (bottlenecks)
  • Organizational center utilization and cost rates

Use this information to create reports and charts for both qualitative and quantitative analyses.

Business Process Management with ARIS catapulted us into the big leagues with regard to process optimization.

- Markus Lohrmann, Corporate Lead, BPM, Miltenyi Biotec B.V. & Co. KG
Analyze key performance indicators (KPIs) across your Event-driven Process Chain (EPC) or Business Process Model and Notation (BPMN™) models to identify bottlenecks.
Simulate processes to try out different resource profiles, change throughput rates or make changes to the process and quickly view the likely impact

Additional capabilities

Process risk simulation

Deal with operational risks in unprecedented ways. Simulation has been used intensively for classic market and credit risk scenarios. It can also be used to identify operational risks along a process chain. You can analyze dependencies between business processes, risks and controls.

Using the standard modeling conventions, you can incorporate risk and control objects into the process models in question. Then, you can add information to further define risk occurrence probabilities as well as damage distribution values, control effectiveness, sample sizes and damage-reduction values.

Support for resource planning & deployment

You can create organizational charts and further break out human resources by the level of individual roles or employees involved in a process.

In addition, you can change various attributes of the modeling objects—which is especially useful when specifying the time and cost of a function, defining process execution frequencies and deploying different resource allocation strategies.

About ARIS

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ARIS is available in six different editions

More on ARIS Extensions

You can extend ARIS Enterprise just as you need it—according to your needs and projects. The ARIS extensions are here to support your expert use cases.

Risk & Compliance

Risk & Compliance adds capabilities for integration of regulatory demands & operational risks into a single approach and Internal Control System (ICS).

Rollout Add-ons

Rollout Add-ons set up and manage confirmation workflows.


Simulation adds capabilities to test what-if scenarios and get information about bottlenecks & improvement potentials.

SAP® Solutions

SAP® Solutions adds capabilities to support holistic implementation & rollout of SAP projects, testing, communication, training & go-live support.

Premium Document Storage

Premium Document Storage allows ARIS to be used for storage of up to 1 million documents.

SharePoint Integration

SharePoint Integration supports users to work with SharePoint and ARIS in an integrated manner.

3rd Party Integration

3rd Party Integration allows integration with 3rd party applications based on an API.

Robotic Process Automation 

Robotic Process Automation adds a “workforce” of software robots to automate repetitive manual tasks and processes, fully integrated into your process landscape.

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