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What is BPMN and how is it used?

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What is BPMN in Business Process Management? How is it used to improve business processes?

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With reference from the ABPMP-CBOK,BPMN Business Process Model and Notation 2.0 is a standard created by the Business Process Management Initiative, now merged with the Object Management Group(OMG), an information systems standards‐setting group. BPMN has growing acceptance as a standard from many perspectives, which has resulted in its inclusion in several of the most widely used modeling tools. It provides a robust symbol set for modeling different aspects of business processes. Like most modern notations, the symbols describe definite relationships such as workflow and order of precedence.

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Key features
 Version 2 (BPMN 2.0) represents significant maturing and solidification of the notation
 Over 100 total icons, organized into descriptive and analytic sets to meet different user needs
 Very precise notation indicating: beginning, intermediate, and end events; activities, and message flows; intra‐business communications and inter‐ business collaboration; and activity and data flows.
When to use
 To present a model of a process to multiple sets of audiences
 To simulate a business process with a process engine
 To execute a process.
 Widespread use and understanding; considered by many to be the de fac to standard in the U.S.
 Significant use in the U.S. Department of Defense and other government entities
 One of the most powerful and versatile notations for identifying process constraints.
 Requires training and experience to use full set of symbols correctly
 Difficult to see relationships among multiple levels of a process
 Different modeling tools may support different sub‐sets of the notation
 Information Technology origins inhibit use with some organizations’ members of the business community.

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BPMN (Business Process Management Notation) is a language for describing and managing business processes as well as technical processes. I mean, normally we should start designing business processes, using a simple BPMN and accessible to people in the business (e.g., events, functions and decision rules are sufficient). Then, in the implementation phase, IT technical people must receive these process diagrams and can complement them with the necessary technical artifacts (e.g., IT components, services, ...) so that the processes can be interpreted and run on a server as workflows. In this way, a perfect alignment between business needs and the implemented technical solutions can be guaranteed.

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BPMN N for "Notation" started in the 2005 timeframe and adds a graphical flow chart to visually notate BPM processes. This makes understanding them much more intuitive. In my view, Signavio is a world-class way to automate the BPM and N process.

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BPMN stands for Business Process Modeling Notation. It is the standard for modeling business processes and web service processes, as put forth by the Business Process Management Initiative. BPMN is a core enabler of a new initiative in the Enterprise Architecture world called Business Process Management (BPM). Business Process Management is concerned with managing change to improve business processes. BPMN consists of one diagram – called the Business Process Diagram (BPD). The BPMN Business Process Diagram has been designed to be easy to use and understand, but also provides the ability to model complex business processes. It has also been designed specifically with web services in mind. BPMN is only one of three specifications that the BPMI has developed – the other two are a Business Process Modeling Language (BPML) and a Business Process Query Language (BPQL). All have been developed using a solid mathematical foundation, which enables a BPMN Business Process Diagram to map directly to BPML, in the same way that a physical data model maps directly to Data Definition Language (DDL).

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