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Welcome to the ARIS Tutorial Series! My name is J-M Erlendson and I’m a Transformation Engineering Lead here at Software AG and specialist in ARIS, with more than a decade actively using, managing, consulting on, and achieving real value with the platform.

I started my journey with ARIS right out of college, using the platform to support modeling and delivery of supply chain transformation projects on behalf of the management consulting organization for whom I was working. Back then, there was very little training and reference content for ARIS online, and while the user manuals were certainly comprehensive (read: VERY long), they didn’t fit my learning style. I was fortunate to have a mentor from Software AG onsite on the consulting project and he generously spent time getting me started, demonstrating key functionality, and helping provide learning pathways for self-study and development. I’m grateful for his care, diligence, patience and investment in me at a crossroads in my professional growth and this project is inspired and dedicated to “paying it forward” to the next generation of ARIS users and experts.

As such, I’ve made this video series to help demonstrate basic and intermediate functionality to our community of current and future ARIS modelers, architects and administrators. Each video will be focused on a specific feature or function of the platform and all of them are short enough to be watched on a coffee break (5-10 mins). I’ve prepared a bunch of topics that I felt were important to cover as a baseline, but I know there are many more to talk about as the series evolves, and that’s where YOU come in! If you feel like something’s missing or if you have a specific need that you think the community would benefit from, please feel free to reach out to me at to send in ideas and requests. I can’t promise I’ll make videos for everything but I’ll do my best. At the very least, we’ll connect online and start the conversation about bringing clarity around ARIS in your role and at your organization.

So how can you get the most out of this video series? Play along!

If you have access to ARIS, try opening your environment and copying the steps I’m going through in each video. Feel free to pause the video along the way and compare the results you get versus what I’ve made on the screen. I also encourage you to explore the menu options I don’t take and discover the functionality beyond what I’m showing. This is how I grew as an ARIS expert – a combination of guided learning and looking around on my own. As said before, if you find something you don’t understand or can’t figure out how to use then please feel free to reach out. I’m happy to discuss or even make a video covering that feature!

I’m excited to have everyone join me on this journey of learning and thank you for your interest in the ARIS platform!

by Tanguy Petre
Posted on Thu, 04/09/2020 - 11:39

Really nice!! Thanks for sharing those high quality video on ARIS hands-on!

Creating a BPMN model from scratch will be a good add-on also.

by J-M Erlendson Author
Posted on Thu, 04/09/2020 - 15:31

In reply to by tpetr

Hi Tanguy,

I would be happy to include that in the next video set, planned for later this month. Thanks so much for the feedback!


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by Alexandr Dementev
Posted on Mon, 05/25/2020 - 10:31
Thanks for your videos. A lot of useful information. Please share your experience. How do you solve the question of correspondence of the names of departments (performers) on the BPMN model with their names on the models of Organization Chat?
by M. Zschuckelt
Posted on Mon, 05/25/2020 - 11:18

In reply to by ASDementev

Hi Alexandr,

the easiest way would be using the Enterprise BPMN (process or collaboration) model type. There a lane can be an occurrence of your org. unit object and any task or sub-process placed inside the lane will get the "carries out" relationship to the org. unit automatically. Otherwise: Using roles instead of org. unit lanes is also very common. This saves you from difficulties in certain processes like "Request annual leave", where "employee" is carrying out the request.

I would go as far as proposing not to seek correspondence between the lanes on the process and the names of organizational units on your org. chart. Roles serve you better in your process. Otherwise you have to change your process every time a manager decides to distribute responsibilities between the departments differently. If you use roles it is only a matter of assigning roles to a different department. Your process can remain unchanged.

by Jeremy Webb
Posted on Thu, 08/19/2021 - 02:19

This is AMAZING! Thanks so much for posting this. 

Is there a video on how to import a process from Excel? I've seen the one created from Visio but would like to avoid going from excel to Visio to Aris. 

by Runé Becker
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Posted on Wed, 08/25/2021 - 12:44

In reply to by OhNo9313

Dear Jeremy,

Did you watch this video Mass import of objects and their attributes?
The import is based on the ARIS report script Import data from Excel file.

Another option is described in this post reply Process Modelling.

And there are plenty of other related posts to your question, either found via Search | ARIS BPM Community or via googling ARIS Community e.g. with excel import - Google Search.


by Veronika Ellermann
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Posted on Thu, 08/19/2021 - 08:17

Hi Jeremy,

I'm not aware that there is a way to import excel files that contain processes.
However, what I find really nice is the functionality in ARIS connect that allows you to copy paste objects from an excel sheet including attributes.

Maybe this picture helps :)




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