Business Process Model and Notation (BPMN) is a generic, global
industry standard of graphical notation and semantics used to
represent business process workflows.
It describes the beginning-to-end flow of a business process,
such as a "Create and Activate Bank Account" process.
Orbus has created a BPMN template for use with either Visio
2003, 2007 and 2010, which has been integrated within a Business
Process Repository, using a preferred framework such as APQC, eTOM,
History of BPMN
The BPMN 1.0 specification was released to the public in May,
2004. This specification represented more than two years of effort
by the BPMI Notation Working Group.
The primary goal of the BPMN effort was to provide a notation
that is readily understandable by all business users, from the
business analysts that create the initial drafts of the processes,
to the technical developers responsible for implementing the
technology that will perform those processes, and finally, to the
business people who will manage and monitor those processes.
BPMN is constantly being revised, having progressed through v1.0
to 1.1 to 1.2 and now 2.0. BPMN Version 2.0 is the latest
publically released specification from the Object Management Group
(OMG). BPMN is currently adopted by a large and rapidly growing
proportion of businesses worldwide.
The full specification can be found on the OMG BPMN website at
Using BPMN and iServer
iServer fully supports BPMN 1.2 and BPMN 2.0;additionally the
BPA tool provides repository based modeling capability, enforcement
of the BPMN standards for all users, collection of value-add
attributes and much more.
Further Information on the iServer
Product Range for Business Process Analysis
Using the BPMN 2.0 Models in iServer, process elements can be
shown differently on different diagrams according to their
interactions, attributes (such as process criticality, cost). On
top of this, analysis tools in iServer allow modellers and analysts
to generate reports such as RACI matrices.