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The Business Process Management Initiative (BPMI.org) works on standards for the management of business processes that span multiple applications, corporate departments, and business partners.

On June 29, 2005, the Business Process Management Initiative and the Object Management Group announced the merger of their Business Process Management (BPM) activities. The combined activities will continue BPMI's and OMG's  work and focus on Business Process Management, including:

  • Refinement and promotion of BPMI's Business Process Modeling Notation (BPMN) as the basis for business modeling
  • Delivery of OMG's Business Process Definition Metamodel (BPDM)
  • Business language, vocabulary, and rules
  • BIM (Business Information Management)
  • EAI (Enterprise Application Integration)
  • B2B (Business to Business collaboration)
  • Web Services Information and Processes
  • Security Policy and Management
  • Refinement, promotion and education of the principles, approaches and tenets of Business Process Management within the broader business community

The June 29 announcement also stated that the OMG will continue integrating and reusing complementary business integration and Web Services standards such as WS-BPEL from OASIS, WSDL and XML Schema from W3C.

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More information: OMG website.

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