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Overview of the Process landscape notation

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The main purpose of a process landscape is to specify corporate processes that are directly involved in adding value to the company. If such processes are linked to each other as a sequence of functions, they form a process landscape. Process landscapes can be used to structure the process portfolio of a company. Within a process landscape processes can be arranged in a hierarchy so that certain process areas can be broken down into details.

Process portfolios are usually structured into the following three process types:

  • Management processes determine how the company is run. A typical example is defining corporate strategy.
  • Core processes directly create value for a customer. For example, in a manufacturing company, the production process is a core process.
  • Support processes are used by core processes. Typical examples are human resource management, IT management, and invoicing.

Process landscapes help you gain an overview of the main processes in a company and their interdependencies. They enable all parties involved to better understand how the company works as a whole and how a specific work area fits in.

Details are provided on:

  • the processes that exist in a company,
  • the interaction of the relevant processes,
  • process owners in charge,
  • how the company faces clients and suppliers.

A simple process landscape may look as follows:

Process landscape

Process landscape symbols

A process landscape is created using process objects and the „encompasses“ connection.


This symbol represents a process that can be described, e.g., by using a “Business process” diagram.



Example of a process landscape

In the following example, a process landscape of the problem management hierarchy is shown.You can also have a look at our video tutorials to find an easy way into the world of ARIS.

Example of process landscape

Let's start modeling process landscapes!

From here you can start to learn how to model a process landscape with ARIS Express. The required steps are: Start your free trial, check some video tutorials, start modeling, share your models and discuss them with other users, and if you haven't joined the ARIS Community yet do it now ;-)

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