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BPMN, XPDL, and BPEL, etc. are remarkable as a method to define Business Processes.


Overview of Business Process Definition

Although there are various methods to define Business Processes, international standards bodies have been integrating them. However,

  • readability for system users,
  • convenience for system developers,
  • readability for computers,

these are incompatible with each other, and there is no uniform format which is able to corresponds to all usages from illustration drawing to computer applying. At present, each format, BPMN, XPDL or BPEL, is respectively used in specialized areas.

BPDM (Business Process Definition Metamodel) that enables interchangeability between BPMN and UML is examined.


  • Jul. 2002: Vendors release BPEL4WS 1.0 Proposal (IBM, BEA, Microsoft)
  • Oct. 2002: WfMC releases XPDL 1.0 Specification
  • May. 2003: Vendors release BPEL4WS 1.1 Proposal (IBM, BEA, Microsoft, SAP, Siebel)
  • May. 2004: BPMI releases "BPMN 1.0"
  • Jun. 2005: BPMI and OMG, integration
  • Oct. 2005: WfMC releases XPDL 2.0
  • Feb. 2006: OMG releases BPMN 1.0 Final Adoption Version
  • Apr. 2007: OASIS adopts WS-BPEL 2.0
  • Jun. 2007: Vendors release BPEL4People Proposal (AC, Adobe, BEA, IBM, Oracle, SAP)
  • Sep. 2007: OMG releases "BPMN 1.0"
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Developments in Standards Bodies

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