OMG Members Adopt Business Process Modeling
Popular business modeling specification BPMN 2.0 has broad
Needham, MA, USA - December 18, 2009 - OMG™ has approved the Business
Process Modeling Notation (BPMN™) 2.0 specification beta submission.
OMG's Board of Directors approved the specification at the OMG Technical
Meeting held in San Antonio, TX in September 2009. The finalization
process for BPMN 2.0 is underway and the final version of the
specification is expected to be adopted in mid 2010.
The initial version of BPMN provided a graphical notation for
specifying and documenting business processes with an emphasis on defining
"orchestration processes." BPMN 1.x has been broadly adopted by
the industry. OMG lists more than 60 implementations. However, BPMN 1.x
did not define an interchange format to allow users to exchange models in
a standard way between different tools nor did it include a native
executable format. The BPMN 2.0 beta specification addresses these and
improves on the original specification. BPMN 2.0 includes major new
functional additions including collaborative process modeling,
choreography in addition to execution support. A common file format
assures interoperability between BPMN tools in a multi-vendor environment
and helps to facilitate tighter alignment between business and IT. The Beta
version of the specification is available now for early
BPMN 2.0 is already well supported by the industry. Submitters and
supporters of BPMN 2.0 include Axway, Accenture, Active Endpoints,
Adaptive, BizAgi, Bruce Silver Associates, Capgemini, Enterprise Agility,
France Telecom, IDS Scheer, Insubria University, Intalio, IBM, MEGA
International, Metastorm, Model Driven Solutions, Nortel, Oracle, Red Hat
Software, SAP AG, Software AG, TIBCO Software, Unisys, and Vangent. BPMN
2.0 supporting tools are expected to become available in 2010.
"BPMN is one of the most widely adopted modeling standards for
business analysis," said Richard Mark Soley, Ph.D., Chairman and CEO,
OMG. "It addresses the entire range of business modeling, from
people, to systems to analytics and intelligence. As stewards of this
important and popular specification, it is important for us to respond to
changing market requirements and advancing technology by maintaining BPMN
and keeping it current as user and vendor needs evolve."
"The approval of BPMN 2.0 as an OMG standard is a significant step
forward for business process management solutions. The new specification
addresses requirements our customers have to facilitate collaboration with
multi-role enterprise class modeling, enable choreography across different
process owners and improve alignment with execution environments,"
said Karla Norsworthy, VP of Standards, IBM. "BPMN 2.0 will
accelerate the adoption of business process management tools and
methodologies, which will in turn drive even more value from continuous
process optimization techniques used within enterprises. IBM is providing
initial support for BPMN 2.0 in WebSphere Business Modeler 7.0. We're very
pleased to see the wide industry support from other OMG members."
"Oracle customers and partners have been anxiously awaiting both a
native execution format for BPMN and a standardized tool interchange
format," said Dave Shaffer, Vice President Product Management,
Oracle. "Due to the highly collaborative nature of BPM, and the
current heterogeneous nature of products required, we believe customer
adoption of the BPMN 2.0 standard should be rapid and the Beta release of
the standard is a great step forward for vendors and customers."
"SAP is committed to industry standards, both in terms of their
adoption and further development," said Wolfgang Hilpert, senior vice
president, Solution Management, SOA and BPM, SAP. "It is exciting to
see how BPMN has evolved. This version in an important step forward as it
supports critical requirements of business and technical users. We believe
that BPMN, which is used as the base for SAP NetWeaver BPM, will become a
common notation for business processes."
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celebrating its 20th Anniversary. OMG Task Forces develop
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Architecture® (MDA®), enable powerful visual
design, execution and maintenance of software and other processes,
including IT Systems Modeling and Business Process Management. OMG’s
middleware standards and profiles are based on the Common Object Request
Broker Architecture (CORBA®) and support a wide variety of
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