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XPDL Support / Resources

bulletXPDL 2.0 Specification is here. Discuss here
bulletSlides with audio from the recent series of BPMN-XPDL Webex Tutorials can be viewed here; kindly sponsored by Fujitsu.
bullet Free download of white paper extracted from Workflow Handbook 2006:
XPDL 2.0: Integrating Process Interchange and BPMN (316kb PDF) by Robert M. Shapiro, Global 360, USA
bulletComment from TC Chair Keith Swenson following the BPM Think Tank 2006
The BPMN-XPDL-BPEL value chain

XPDL Conformance

bulletThe WfMC has started an interoperability test procedure between the various implementers of XPDL. It is in everyone’s interest to make sure that the files we read and write can actually be interchanged with other products. This additional step beyond the “claim” for XPDL support will help to ensure that we and our customers get full value from XPDL.
This discussion is focused at vendors and individuals who have actually implemented XPDL, or who expect to implement it in the near future.

 
bulletTo join WfMC and participate in driving the industry, membership information is here.

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The list below shows status of vendor support. (List initially researched and supplied by Keith Swenson, WfMC TC Chair).  To add your own product or statement of support, please email [email protected]

Additional information and download XPDL specification:
see Interface 1 - Process Definition Interchange

bulletADVANTYS WorkflowGen supports XPDL
http://www.pdmic.com/news/030123.shtml
http://www.workflowgen.com/home/liblocal/docs/pr/pr_en_xpdl.pdf
 
bulletAmazonas Workflow is a Java based workflow engine which supports XPDL
http://www.objeng.ch

 
bulletBOC ADONIS 3.7 (and higher) supports XPDL export
http://www.boc-eu.com  
 
bulletBrein BV offers InProces, a workflow management and document management solution aimed at local governments, that uses the XPDL 2.0 specification to build and store workflow processes
http://www.brein.nl 

 
bulletCapeVisions supports XPDL including a free plugin to Visio that edits XPDL:
http://www.capevisions.com/
 
bulletCARNOT Process Engine supports XPDL for model import/export and Wf-XML 2.0 model deployment http://www.carnot.ag/news/press/xpdl-22-02-2005-en.htm
http://www.carnot.ag/index-en.htm

 
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CHALEX BPM Framework is built on a modern JAVA architecture that processes XPDL workflow patterns to manage tasks and the digital documents that are related to the workflow.
http://www.chalexcorp.com
 

bullet ComActivity offers full scale XPDL support both in their process design tool and runtime engine
www.comactivity.net
 
bulletThe Cubetto Toolset is a generic modelling tool. It supports the graphical design of modelling languages as well as their application. It can export XPDL.
http://www.semture.com/cubetto
 
bulletEnhydra Shark: Open Source XPDL Workflow Engine in Java
http://shark.enhydra.org
 
bulletEnhydra JaWE: Graphical XPDL Workflow Editor in Java
http://jawe.enhydra.org
 
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Finantix Studio (FXS) is a Transformative MDA Tool. FXS Supports Business Process Modelling (BPMN, XPDL)
www.soluta.net

 

bulletFuego offers XPDL  in their process design tool
http://www.fuego.com/support/faqs.html#110
http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,3959,822160,00.asp
 
bulletFujitsu Interstage BPM  (i-Flow)
http://www.fujitsu.com/global/services/software/interstage/products/bpm/
http://nz.fujitsu.com/FAL/Files/iFlowBRO.pdf
 
bullet HOGA.PL offers intraDok which supports import and export of process definitions in XPDL format and its own Workflow Process Modeler
http://www.intradok.pl

http://www.hoga.pl
 
bullet IDS Scheer supports export of process models to XPDL.
http://www.ids-scheer.com/

 
bulletIntegic supports import and export of process definitions in XPDL format in their e.POWER WorkManager Builder tool 
http://www.integic.com
 
bulletInterstage Business Process Manager Studio supports XPDL 2.0 and Business Process Modeling Notations (BPMN)
http://www.fujitsu.com/global/services/software/interstage/wnew/pr120605.html
 
bulletITP-Commerce. Design your process with Process Modeler in BPMN as usual. Process Modeler Professional supports the user with an XPDL 1.0 validation module.
http://www.itp-commerce.com/index.php?pageid=B_001_12_1
 
bulletIT Pearls supports XPDL.
http://www.itpearls.com

 
bulletJenz & Partner GmbH developed an open source Business Process Management Ontology (BPMO), which holds semantically rich business process definitions in a vendor-neutral format.
http://www.bpiresearch.com/Resources/RE_OSSOnt/re_ossont.htm
The BP Converter plugin may be accessed via the BPEdit homepage at
http://bpedit.sourceforge.net 

 
bulletLynx Flow Designer, Eclaire Group, supports XPDL
http://www.cynthia-tech.com/web/pro_sol/pro_sol_flowdesign.html
 
bulletMetoda S.p.A, OpenMet BPMF is compliant with XPDL
www.metoda.it (Italian language only).
 
bulletTell-Eureka’s technology is an innovative, standards-based platform for delivering comprehensive customer self-service solutions.
http://www.telleureka.com/technology/

 
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Nautica uses XPDL process definition data with GUI based definition editor.
http://nautica.sourceforge.jp/docs/reference/designertool/resource/japanese/index.html
 

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OfficeObjects®WorkFlow supports XPDL 1.0
More info on: www.rodan.pl  and
http://www.rodan.pl/en/produkty/officeobjects/?dzial=workflow
 

bulletOpen Business Engine, Java-based open source workflow, supports XPDL
http://sourceforge.net/projects/obe
http://obe.sourceforge.net/
 
bulletOracle9i Warehouse Builder 9.2 saves process definitions in XPDL
http://otn.oracle.com/products/warehouse/htdocs/datasheet92.htm
 
bulletSimprocess - XPDL support is now included for Simulation Models
http://www.simprocess.com
 
bulletTIBCO® Staffware Process Suite 10.3 supports the import and export of process definitions as XPDL 1.0.
http://www.tibco.com/software/process_management/staffware_processsuite.jsp
 
bulletTogether Workflow Editor: Graphical XPDL Workflow Editor in Java http://www.together.at/together/prod/twe/index.html
 
bulletVignette Process Workflow Modeler supports XPDL
http://www.vignette.com/Downloads/DS_ProcessWorkflowModel.pdf
 
bulletWfMOpen is an OpenSource workflow engine that uses XPDL as its Interface 1 format
(http://wfmopen.sf.net)

 
bulletZAPLET 3, PROCESS BUILDER is a designer that supports XPDL
http://www.zaplet.com/Pages/articles/ProcessBuilder.pdf
 

 

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Resources and papers

bulletWfMC’s Justin Brunt (TIBCO), Mike Marin (FileNet) and Keith Swenson (Fujitsu) conducted a three-hour technical tutorial on "XPDL and BPMN" on February 1, 2006 in Miami, FL:
Here are the Tutorial sample data files (zipped 142kb) Kindly assembled by Keith Swenson. Seven examples are included.  For each example there are one or two screen shots of the diagram, along with two XPDL files.  One XPDL has all the extended attributes that Fujitsu put in them (marked "_Extended"), and the other has those extended attributes stripped out.  The seventh was done with Sketchpad and does not have the extended version.
 
bulletYou may test a lightweight workflow engine in PERL, based on XPDL 2.0. http://search.cpan.org/~kaili/.
Send feedback to Kai Li at :[email protected]

 
bulletA good resource is the OASIS Cover Page on the subject:
http://xml.coverpages.org/wf-xml.html
 
bulletGet the Workflow Handbook 2003 to read the following chapters:
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XPDL and BPMN
Stephen A. White, SeeBeyond, United States

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XPDL in Action
Arnaud Bezancon, ADVANTYS, France
 

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Get the Workflow Handbook 2004 to read the following chapter:
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Workflow Service Provider with XPDL 
Arnaud Bezancon, ADVANTYS, France
 

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Get the Workflow Handbook 2005 to read the following chapter:
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A Comparison of XML Interchange Formats for Business Process Modelling
Jan Mendling and Gustaf Neumann, Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration; and Markus Nüttgens, Hamburg University of Economics and Politics
 

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BPMS Watch: Is Visio Your Next BPMS Design Tool?
By: Bruce Silver, Independent BPMS Industry Analyst

Article on XPDL, BPEL & BPMN... "While the industry analysts never talk about it, XPDL is actually the foundation of many more BPMS products than BPEL today."

To add your support statement to this list, please email [email protected]

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