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    XPDL 2.0: Integrating Process Interchange and BPMN (316kb PDF)
    Robert M. Shapiro, Global 360, USA

    (extracted with permission from the "2006 Workflow Handbook including Business Process Management" launching May 16

    The Business Process Management Notation (BPMN) was developed by individuals working together in the Business Process Management Initiative to take the techniques employed in flowcharting tools, unify and extend the graphics to express the semantics required in workflow and EAI processes. BPMN 1.0 was released in May 2004. In addition to the graphical notation, BPMN incorporated a number of specific mechanisms for process modeling that had not yet been included in XPDL; among these in particular events and message passing between processes. XPDL 2.0 incorporates these mechanisms as well as the graphics and offers an extended meta-model that unifies XPDL and BPMN.

  2. Putting BPM in Context: Now and in the Future (630kb PDF)
    Jon Pyke, WfMC Chair, United Kingdom

    (extracted with permission from the "2006 Workflow Handbook including Business Process Management" launching May 16

    This paper looks at the various technologies that make up the burgeoning Business Process Management (BPM) market and explores the impact that new methods of deployment and design will have on products and how those changes could affect end users. The paper also provides non-technical readers with a better understanding of what the all encompassing term “Business Process Management” means by explaining several BPM-related terms in detail.


  3. The Workflow Reference Model: 10 Years On (570kb PDF)
    David Hollingsworth, Fujitsu Services, United Kingdom; Chair, Technical Committee, WfMC.
    (extracted with permission from the 2004 Workflow Handbook
    Last year saw the 10th anniversary of the Workflow Reference Model. This short paper reassesses the relevance of the Model in the current context of Business Process Management. It discusses the principles behind the Model, its strengths and weakness and examines how it remains relevant to the industry today. It concludes by introducing a number of considerations required to establish a “BPM Reference Model” and discusses how the various overlapping standards in this space may be categorised.

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