"This is a critical milestone for both business process modeling and the deployment of BPM systems, explained WfMC Executive Director, Nathaniel Palmer. "The work done by the WfMC Conformance Working Group, under the leadership of chair Robert Shapiro, provides the first-ever multi-product test results, and provides the first real risk management strategy for process modeling and re-engineering initiatives."
Currently over 80 identified products use the WfMC's standard XPDL ("XML Process Definition Language") for saving and storing process models reliably. Today XPDL remains the only standard means for the serialization (definition and storage) of models using BPMN ("Business Process Model Notation") the most commonly used notation business process modeling as well as the deployment BPMS and workflow management systems. The new conformance test provides a way to assure that BPMN diagrams can be reliably exchanged between certified tools.