I have been doing a trial run of ARIS Express to understand its functionalities and such. Amongst some of my primary queries are:

(i) Is there is a way to re-use process models created in ARIS Express, in a fully functional ARIS tool (such as Business Designer/ Architect).

Hypothetical situationBusiness users in a large corporate have been modelling their process models in ARIS Express. Pleased with the tool, they decide to invest in ARIS Business Designer/ Architect. But they wish to re-use their already created models instead of re-modelling them. Can this be done ?

(ii) I do not see the facility to create assignments to functions, instead only have the capability to create links. Is that correct or have I missed the 'Assignments' feature somewhere ?

(iii) Are the model and function attributes restricted to those already mentioned in the 'Properties' tab or is there a feature to add new attributes/ create user created attributes (as in ARIS Business Designer/ Architect) ?

Regards and thanks in advance


by Frank Weyand
Posted on Mon, 09/21/2009 - 08:40


(i) yes, you will have this possibility with the next version of Business Architect end of this year.

(ii) No, you are right. Express does not provide assignments.

(iii) No, there are no additional attributes. After importing the Express ADF files into the ARIS Business server, you will logically have the possibility to use additional attributes.




by Philip Cheriyan Author
Posted on Mon, 09/21/2009 - 11:41

In reply to by aris321

Thank you, Frank for your inputs.

I believe that integration of Express and other ARIS products with be especially important, considering that you are looking to replace Visio as the default process mapping tool of business users.




by Jens Ohlsson
Posted on Wed, 09/23/2009 - 17:07

In reply to by aris321

Hi Frank,

how do i export adf files from ARIS Express and how do I import adf files to ARIS Business Server?


Best r



by Frank Weyand
Posted on Mon, 09/21/2009 - 13:46


now, that you mentioned: we have a Visio import in Express. Since you mentioned Visio, maybe this is an important information for you, if you do not know yet.



by Donald Dillon
Posted on Mon, 09/21/2009 - 17:43

I saw this message and would like to try the Visio import, but do not have an import item on the 'file' menu.


by Sebastian Stein
Posted on Mon, 09/21/2009 - 18:05

Hi Donald,

could it be that you are still using the beta version of ARIS Express? Because there should be an "Import" entry in the "File" menu.

See my post about how to upgrade ARIS Express if you are still using the beta version.



by Greg Deller
Posted on Thu, 10/08/2009 - 16:46


Has the ARIS Server version been identified that will include the ability to import ARIS Express (adf) models?  We're planning an upgrade to v7.1 soon and would benefit from knowing a more specific version number and rough time frame for this capability since a new group of personnel creating models has surfaced.

Thanks so much,

Greg Deller

Enterprise Integration, Inc.

by Frank Weyand
Posted on Thu, 10/08/2009 - 21:13

Hi Jens,

you just save the files in Express, and in the ARIS Business Designer, you will have the possibility to import the data, e.g. directly in an arbitrary group in your database.

Hi Gregor,

great to hear. The version will be the Service Release coming at the end of this year (planed so far).




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