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bpmNEXT: A great forum for BPMN & Co

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We haven’t been blogging on this page for a long time now. Don’t worry, BPMN is not dead. Not at all. He have all just been very busy blogging through other channels, e.g. the Effektif blog. BPMN is alive as never before!

Last week, I attended the bpmNEXT conference in California. It was like a think tank for BPM. All important BPM vendors presented their latest technology and products. Of course, Signavio was also present. For all the details of the presentations, Sandy Kemsley’s blog is a great reference.

From a BPMN perspective, it was interesting to see that every single presentation that showed a process diagram, showed that process in BPMN. This is a clear sign, that all the effort we put into this process modeling standard, actually paid off. BPMN is not just a vision or great concept any more. BPMN is the reality in all major BPM products.

Signavio BPMN at bpmNEXT

Personally, I was very happy to contribute our vision on how to lower the barriers to BPMN. I not only showed our QuickModel feature for building a first BPMN diagram through a spreadsheet-oriented interface. But I also showcased our voice-based input mode for BPMN as well as a gesture-based control for the graphical BPMN editor.

At Signavio we are pushing the technical limits to process modeling. We want to make BPMN accessible for everybody. Making it easy and fun to use is key to achieve that. Das BPMN 2.0-Forum

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Gestartet als Blog rund um das Thema Business Process Modeling Notation (BPMN), steht nun vor einer größeren Veränderung: Unter dieser URL erreichen Sie in Kürze ein deutschsprachiges BPMN-Forum.

Als gemeinsame Initiative von camunda, Signavio und dem Hasso-Plattner-Institut richtet sich das neue an alle BPMN 2.0-Interessierten. Einsteiger können sich über spezielle Tutorials in BPMN einarbeiten. Außerdem können die Forums-Teilnehmer Fragen rund um die Verwendung von BPMN diskutieren.

Besonders an dem Forum ist, dass man direkt online Prozsesmodelle erstellen und in die Diskussionen einbinden kann. Dies ist möglich dank der Signavio-Technologie.

Zunächst wird es eine Closed-Beta-Phase geben, in der nur eine begrenzte Anzahl von Nutzern auf das Forum zugreifen kann. Wenn Sie daran teilnehmen möchten, schreiben Sie bitte eine kurze Email mit dem Stichwort “” an Ab Mitte Juli kann sich jeder, der über einen bpm-netzwerk-Account verfügt, einloggen und mitdiskutieren. Die neuesten Diskussionen werden jeweils auf bpm-netzwerk eingeblendet.

The new BPMN 2.0 poster – free download

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BPMN 2.0 PosterThe BPMN 2.0 Poster gives a good overview of all diagram types and modeling constructs of the new version of the popular standard.

It was created by the Berlin BPM initiative and can be downloaded free of charge in pdf format and in multiple languages:

If you are located in Germany, Austria or Switzerland, you can also have a copy in A1 format shipped to you – free of charge. This service is brought to you by camunda and Signavio, while stocks last.

Order your free copy here:

BPM 2.0 – Participatory process modeling with BPMN

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Alex reported on the BPMN-community in the previous post. This platform enables process modeling experts and people interested in BPMN to share their experience across the boundaries of organizations. Modeling experts, often being the only ones in their organization with this expertise, meet like-minded people on this platform.

The fact that there are only few modeling experts in an organization often leads to a problem: Process models are not paid enough attention to, they are not integrated enough into the true process innovation cycle. In contrast to this, process modeling should ideally take place where process innovation happens. Team leaders and employees have good ideas. Customers and suppliers have improvement suggestions for the processes.

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Survey on Alignment of Process Models

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We all hope that process models help to bridge the gap between business and IT. Especially BPMN seems to be a good candidate. However, this gap seems to be quite big and we still need to get a deeper understanding of the differences between a business view on process models and an IT view.

Therefore, we created a survey that will take approx. 20min of your time. Check out the questionnaire. Every participant can take part in a raffle for three copies of “The Process – Business Process Modeling using BPMN”, a soon to be published novel on BPMN. Of course, we will also send you the results of the survey.

Workshop on BPMN Research

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An academic forum specifically targeted at BPMN research was missing so far. Good news: The first international workshop on BPMN will take place in beautiful Vienna in July this year.

More details can be found at Submission deadline: 1 April 2009

BPMN 1.2 published – nothing changed

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OMG released BPMN version 1.2 early this year. To keep it short: Nothing changed. The specification merely underwent some formatting and minor bug fixing.

You find the document at

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Desynchronizability of BPMN 2.0 Choreographies

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I already mentioned in my earlier post “BPMN 2.0 takes dancing lessons – do we need choreographies?” that BPMN 2.0 will come with an additional way of modeling choreographies. The main novelty is that complex interactions and their refinement to message exchanges really move into the center of attention. In the earlier post I already argued why this style of modeling is actually a very good idea. It will likely bring a number of advantages over the old modeling style: choreographies can be created faster, can be understood more easily and modeling errors due to incompatibilities are avoided to a large extent.

On the other hand, this new choreography modeling style is not fully understood yet in terms of the new anomalies it will bring. Contributors to the BPMN 2.0 standard approached me already quite a while ago to have a look at race conditions that might arise in BPMN 2.0 choreographies. In the choregraphy space we are heavily dealing with asynchronous communication and we carefully have to consider what can go wrong if the partners act independently from each other.
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BPMN auf allen Ebenen (W-JAX Nachtrag)

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BPMN ist etwas für jedermann. Durch seine verschiedenen Dimensionen (Kontrollfluss, Daten, Ressourcen, Interaktionen) kann man sich aussuchen, welchen Aspekt man gerade darstellen möchte und welchen nicht. Durch die Auswahl von eher einfachen Konstrukten oder Konstrukten für “Profis” kann man wählen, wie abstrakt oder präzise man die Prozessmodelle gestalten möchte. Daher ist es auch nicht verwunderlich, dass man fünf Modelle erhält, wenn man fünf Modellierern die gleiche Modellierungsaufgabe gibt. Je nach Rolle in der Organisation und Modellierungserfahrung betont man verschiedene Aspekte. Je nach Modellierungserfahrung bleibt es eher bei einer ersten Skizze oder es entsteht eine durchdachte Spezifikation.

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Choreography modeling in BPMN 2.0 – from commercial transactions to message exchanges

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In my last post I have already talked about why I find choreography modeling in BPMN 2.0 far better than in the previous versions. Currently, I am at a Conceptual Modeling conference in Barcelona and inspired to go a step further in making the case for choreography modeling.

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