Business processes

Business processes

What is a business process?

A business process describes the sequence of recurring tasks that can occur in a company. A process usually consists of several statuses and transitions between one status and another. A status within a business process describes a state in which a work can be. The transition indicates the conditions or prerequisites under which a change from one state to the next takes place. It is also possible that the change is dependent on another process, i.e. the transition only takes place when another business process has reached a certain status. Therefore, it is also possible to link business processes with each other.


The business processes triggered in sales/distribution are central to the value creation of a company. All other business processes of a company are directly or indirectly linked to these sales processes.

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The purchasing area is characterised not only by the procurement itself, but also by previous and subsequent processes.

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In the production process, different order items are combined in a disposition (parts request) from which a production order is created. Identical components are combined in the process.

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The logistics process in a company is a complicated process network.

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Advance requirements

Advance requirements are used to cover real requirements that are generated at a later date. This is useful for parts with long replenishment lead times (planned delivery time or in-house production time).

Change Management

There are basically two approaches to change management:

  1. Changes to a running production or before (description on this page)
  2. Modifications of already manufactured, stored parts according to customer requirements --> Modification parts lists.

Conversion parts lists

In the case of certain, recurring, identical customer enquiries, it can make sense to produce small series of these requested parts and to keep them in stock.
If this part is then requested by the customer, it can be taken directly from stock and sent off.
If the customer order differs only slightly from the stocked part, the stocked part can in some cases be converted to the desired part; e.g. the motor is to have a higher output.

A further, additional conversion parts list can be created for each part.

Key figures

Key business figures provide information in compact form about the strengths and weaknesses of a company, its current situation and developments.

Cross-company processes

A collection of functions for the processing of processes that can be used for communication with other companies, authorities and banks.

Batch management

Batch management enables parts that have been produced in a continuous production process or procured in the purchasing process by means of a joint delivery and thus have the same characteristics to be clearly assigned to a quantity of parts.

Serial number management

A serial number is a string of characters used to uniquely identify one or more parts.

VDMA Scenarios 2006

The business process scenarios required by the VDMA (German Engineering Federation) are divided into five sections, which are queried by specific requirements for an ERP system.
ClassiX® meets these requirements.

Operational business