I'm fairly new to BizAgi. Does it support any type process simulation? If so, what version?
We gladly announce this issue has been resolved in our latest 2.5 release (June 2013).
BizAgi does not support simulation. You can simulate your process in any of the many tools available, and then import it into BizAgi.
Simulation is in our product roadmap, but our very large BPM community doesn't rate it as priority in their automation efforts. The reason behind it is that once a process has been automated, BizAgi delivers such a wealth of high quality indicators (please download the automation suite and check them out) that smart business analyst can make very reliable decisions regarding process optimisation.
I also have a need for simulation.
We use simulation to test various what if scenarios to predict requirements for resource capacity (people, machines, space, and technology), consumption of supplies, and percent non-defective yield.
For each step on the variables we are considering, we want to set a probability distribution using distiribution type (flat, normal, skewed by x% left or right, or converging on a limit in x or y coordinates, explicit histogram), min and max capability, mean, median, mode, standard deviation (when relevant). These settings would be attached to events.
We want to create multiple what-if scenarios, choose a number of monte carlo iterations which randomize each step within the probabilities set at each step, and record step by step and end results for each iteration and type of variable involved in the test. I would conduce analysis in Excel, but many others in my profession might use Minitab, Statistica, or other tools which generally accept comma delimited or XML data for analysis.
This is a valuable decision making tool for the determination of what we could expect to gain from a particular automation, process change, or resource change.
I am already excited enough to try to get the Modler deployed across a large organization where I work. The only barrier is that we need a way to conduct this sort of analysis, and currently I have not been able to demonstrate a way to export models for analysis in a dedicated BPMN or generic flowchart simulation tool.
Although I would love to have this capability within the free tool so I could have a larger number of people with access to the capability, I would buy or subscribe to the ability to run this sort of capability as well.
A product called Mega does this but is very expensive and not something I could justify, we use a less capable to called iGrapx does some of it.
When I was managin project, Mega's ability to import a Microsoft Project file and use the dependancies in the work breakdown to generate a flow chart for me to set up for simulation was very valuable. A product called Risky Project does an adequate job of this sort of analysis on a project plan from a risk management perspective, but fails to deliver the visualization needed.
I only see one BPMN tool on the OMG BPMN supporters list which has a simulation capability, and that is rudimentary so it has limited application, but the visualization approach they use is useful. It is a competitor of yours that is a "web-based software solution" provided by a company that bills itself as having a "first-class reputation in process-oriented management consultancy." I need a desktop capability since my company is stuck on ancient web browsers to support legacy applications.
If you built rudimentary simulation into the free tool and the kind of robust simulation into a standalone product or included it with Xpress I would certainly buy the more capable tool, as would most quality improvement professionals who would never turn a BPMN process flow into a working application. They would hand it over to an IT shop to figure out what to do with it. Since your tool feeds your application engine, the IT shop might take the path of least resistance and use it with your fault tolerant server product, but I am no longer responsible for technology so I do not have fresh enough insight to say for sure.
Just wanted to check, do we now have simulation available on BizAgi ?
Simulation is not yet available in our current 2.4 release.
It is in our road map, and we are exploring this possibility to make it for 2013.
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