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After having read Philipp´s post about the new analysis functionalities, I would like to tell you more about the much easier to use new user interface and the innovative pictogram symbols that come with ARIS 9.

If process improvement is for everyone, then anyone should be able to use the necessary tools. This is why the new version of ARIS comes with an easy to use and intuitive user interface. So, ARIS 9 is also easier to learn, thanks to a modern UI and clustered functionalities—similar to Microsoft® Office tools and Web browsers. With the new UI enhancements, you can:

  • Save time with shorter paths between features, more tips and intuitive handling
  • Improve the setup of modeling conventions
  • Improve the usage of filter configurations

Configurability - Topics and working environments

Different user perspectives and the ability to choose one or more relevant topics—such as Business Process Analysis (BPA), Enterprise Architecture (EA) or Six Sigma®—result in automatic configuration of the UI according to role. This means a reviewer sees different tool capabilities than a process designer. An added bonus: With the new role-based UI, you need to install only one ARIS client.

role-based working environments

role-based user perspectives

Rocket Search

Having already been integrated in ARIS Publisher, Rocket Search is now part of all BPA and EA tools. It´s a powerful and fast search that browses through your ARIS database. You can:

  • Get search results being displayed while typing the search term
  • Find processes intuitively, without previous methodology knowledge, and being presented in a user-friendly way
  • Discover a new way of navigating through process hierarchies
  • Search and find process descriptions, organizational information, models, relationships, and documents, such as work instructions, architecture and meta information, help texts, and much more

ARIS Rocket Search

Design interface

ARIS 9 has a smart new user and design interface with holistic tab-concept to deal with models, explorer, search, queries, etc. The functionalities are clustered on tab-bars and the user can choose between the “classical” EPC symbol style or the new and innovative pictogramm style.

The new and easier to use interface leads to a higher user acceptance by faster and easier modelng and improved usability.

New ARIS design interface

Pictogram style symbols

Event-driven process chains (EPCs) are used to represent the process organization of the company, i.e., the relationships between the objects of the data, function, and organizational view and, as a result, the processes.

ARIS users can model their processes with the “classical” EPC symbols or now with the innovative and stylish pictogram style! The explanation can be found in the ARIS method help – take a look!

Screenshot of ARIS method help

EPC pictogram symbols

If you have questions, please let me know by comment.

Stay tuned for the next post about “Smarter process analysis with spreadsheets”!

by Renson K R
Posted on Mon, 05/20/2013 - 14:19

Its really great

by Pierre Pilven
Posted on Fri, 05/24/2013 - 17:50


New pictograms are realy nice, are we able to create pictograms with the Symbol Editor ?



by Cecilia Lauer
Posted on Tue, 06/18/2013 - 11:12

Hello Pierre,

right now the ARIS 9 Symbol Editor cannot create new pictogram style symbols, but is able to open existing ones for test purpose.

Best regards, Cecilia

by Sylvain Go
Posted on Wed, 06/12/2013 - 16:12


In the IT physical description low level, we had to create several symbols according to all current infrastructure objects. I think I'm not the only one who had to set this in his .amc configuration. By the way, server clusters, virtualization environment, firewall nodes, SANs need to be in these architecture models. Filter-metamodel open configuration gives all the ways to set these picto by yourself, but it would be a plus to see them, from the basis, in Aris. We still feel a little poor when describing IT architecture models, beside the rich detailed BPM tools, for example.

Best regards,


by Cecilia Lauer
Posted on Tue, 06/18/2013 - 11:09

Hello Sylvain,

I am not sure I understand your question. Could you please explain?

Thank you and best regards


by Sylvain Go
Posted on Wed, 06/19/2013 - 10:18

In reply to by purushottam09


OK, I'll be more direct then. By the 7.X version, designing IT architecture level model is a bit tricky, as Aris has a lack of physical/virtual object on basis. I just wonder if all those 9 version symbol improvements concern also the low level IT objects.

Thanks for your support on this architecture layer too,


by Philipp Jung
Posted on Wed, 06/19/2013 - 11:52

Hi, the new pictogram Symbol Set will not be the right choice for you, when modeling IT Architecture on instance level. Here you need a more "descriptive" style, which is not the intention of the new symbol set. As the required symbol set on instance level is much more, than we could deliver with the standard method, we still recommend to import your own symbols. If standard object types are missing, please send me a note.


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