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May 2012, Iss. 2

BPMN 2.0: Assessing a year of change

Business process model and notation 2.0 (BPMN 2.0) has been hailed for many features placing the standard above and beyond earlier versions. It seems that just about everyone from C-level executives to enterprise architects have an interest in how the standard can reshape modeling and the usefulness of leading industry tools.   Brian Reale, founder and CEO of Colosa Inc., a developer of open source BPM products, isn’t among the standard’s detractors. But he definitely sees both negatives and positives.   In terms of usability, “it’s fair to say that BPMN 2.0 isn’t too easy, but it also isn’t too difficult,” he said. Many vendors, including his own company, offer easier ways to draw and implement processes than those proposed in the BPMN 2.0 specifications, he said. On the other hand, Reale said, there would be some major drawbacks to a proprietary world. For starters, each vendor traditionally did process modeling differently—which, in fact, created the need for a standard that would keep users from being locked into a single ...

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