Adonis (software)

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Business Process Management tool ADONIS is on at the University of Vienna -based developed BPMS Paradigm software , which provides in particular the functionalities and the modeling method available to business processes collect, model, analyze, simulate, evaluate and document to. It is developed and distributed by the BOC Group, founded by Dimitris Karagiannis and headquartered in Vienna .


ADONIS was developed in 1995 by the BPMS group ( Business Process Management Systems ) of the Institute for Computer Science and Business Informatics at the University of Vienna. The company BOC Information Technologies Consulting AG emerged from this group as a spin-off ; ADONIS was the first product. Since the first version, ADONIS has been continuously developed. The current version is ADONIS 6.0, released in July 2014.

In addition to the commercial version of ADONIS, there has also been the ADONIS Community Edition since January 2008 , the ADONIS Community Edition 2.0 since April 2011 and currently the ADONIS: Community Edition 3.0 as freeware .

The ADONIS process portal has also existed since 2008, which enables role-specific online access to the ADONIS database and supports, for example, scenarios such as online publishing and editing, approval of processes and key figure management.


ADONIS is used in particular for business process optimization. The product is also suitable for other areas of application. Examples are: quality management , organizational management, controlling (e.g. process cost analysis ), personnel management , risk management and process-based application development. This flexibility is achieved through the customization options provided ( metamodeling , add-on development).

First generation business process management tools generally provide one or more fixed modeling methods that can only be changed to a limited extent. The method-independent tool ADONIS can be configured without any programming effort, both in terms of the modeling technique (s) and in terms of the model-evaluating functionalities. This flexibility enables methods for different application scenarios.

ADONIS contains the components survey (HOMER, an Excel- based survey component ), modeling, analysis, import / export, simulation, evaluation and documentation.

  • The modeling component enables the design and modification of models with the help of a graphic editor (model editor). There is also the option of tabular modeling.
  • In addition to the graphic creation of models, the data collection component HOMER is also available for collecting process-relevant information, which is used to support data collection.
  • The analysis component offers static queries on all model contents. Customized queries can be defined and relationship tables and reports can be created.
  • With the simulation component, changes to the business processes and the organizational structure can be made and their effects examined. Four simulation algorithms are offered for this purpose.
  • The evaluation component offers mechanisms for evaluating target models as well as real processes.
  • With the help of the documentation toolkit, organization manuals or process documentation can be generated as RTF (for Word ) or HTML files from ADONIS models . This makes it possible to distribute the model content including the graphic display over the intranet.
  • Existing models and model groups can be exported and imported. The file formats XML and ADL (Adonis Definition Language) are used here.


The distribution of ADONIS amounts to approx. 23,000 user licenses worldwide, of which approx. 15,000 in Germany. ADONIS is used worldwide by approx. 1,600 customers, in Germany by approx. 850 customers, for example from Gothaer Versicherung , Hamburger Sparkasse , Deutsche Bank , the Brandenburg Ministry of Finance and DHL Express.

Individual evidence

  1. Jens Drawehn, Monika Kochanowski, Falko Kötter: BUSINESS PROCESS MANAGEMENT TOOLS 2014 - market overview , Fraunhofer Verlag, 2014, p. 42.
  2. Stefan Junginger, Harald Kühn, Robert Strobl, Dimitris Karagiannis: A next-generation business process management tool - ADONIS: Concept and applications . in: Wirtschaftsinformatik 42, 2000, pp. 392–401.
  3. Jens Drawehn, Monika Kochanowski, Falko Kötter: BUSINESS PROCESS MANAGEMENT TOOLS 2014 - market overview , Fraunhofer Verlag, 2014, p. 41.
  4. Dieter Spath, Anette Weisbecker: Business Process Management Tools 2008 - an evaluating market study on current tools . P. 7ff.

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