Bruce Silver Associates Independent Expertise in BPM Bruce Silver Associates BPMS Watch www.brsilver.com/wordpressBPMN Traininghttp://www.bpmessentials.com/500 Bear Valley Road, Aptos CA 95003 Tel: 831.685.8803 Fax: 831.603.3424 E-mail: [email protected]BPMN and the Business Process Expert Summary:BPMN has become the standard language of the Business Process Expert, usable for descriptive process modeling, simulation analysis, and even executable implementation design of end-to-end business processes. BPMN extends the familiar swimlane flowchart paradigm with events, the key to incorporating exceptions into process models and mapping to today’s SOA middleware. First of six parts. Author:Bruce Silver Company:Bruce Silver Associates Created on:30 October 2007 Author Bio Dr Bruce Silver is an independent industry analyst and consultant focused on business process management software. He provides training on process modeling with BPMN through http://www.bpmessentials.com, the BPM Institute, and Gartner conferences, and is the author of The BPMS Report series of product evaluations available from www.bpminstitute.org. Business process management (BPM) is an emerging discipline that looks at the enterprise in a radically new way. Instead of trying to automate and optimize individual functional units, like sales, supply chain, and customer service, in isolation, BPM views your company from the perspective of end-to-endcross-functional processes– exactly the way your customers and trading partners see you. At the same time, new BPM tools have emerged that let you model, automate, measure, and optimize the business from such an end-to-end process perspective. These tools straddle the traditional business/IT divide, and are elevating the importance of a new role in the organization, the Business Process Expert. The Business Process Expert is neither a traditional developer nor a traditional business analyst, but is able to apply the concepts, metrics, and performance objectives of business in the analysis, design, and optimization of IT implementations capable of executing and monitoring cross-functional processes. Such a role demands a new common language that bridges the worlds of business and IT as well, and now we have one: the Business Process Modeling Notation(BPMN), a standard from OMG. BPMN is simple enough to be readily understandable by business, yet rich enough to support executable implementation – without changing the underlying metamodel! As a result, it has become the de facto standard or announced future direction of BPM Suite vendors ranging from Lombardi, Savvion, and Appian, to TIBCO, Oracle, IBM, and – yes – SAP. Thus, understanding how to model processes effectively using BPMN is becoming a must-have skill for the Business Process Expert.
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