Business Process Modeling Notation (BPMN)
Business Process Modeling Notation (BPMN) specification provides a graphical notation for expressing business processes in a Business Process Diagram (BPD). The BPMN specification also provides a binding between the notation's graphical elements and the constructs of block-structured process execution languages, including BPML and BPEL.
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.
More information: OMG website.
More on the general topic: Models and Metamodels
- Business Process Modeling Language (BPML)
- Common Warehouse Metamodel (CWM)
- Model Driven Architecture (MDA)
- Web Services Component Model (WSCM)
- Web Services Resource Framework (WSRF)
- WS Choreography Model
Related Online Briefings
- Online Briefing: Change Analysis of Systems Integration Techniques
- Online Briefing: Non-Technical Change Issues Related to SOA
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