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Business Transformation in Action

Joe McKendrick

BPMN Won't Cure World Hunger, But Here's What It Can Do

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Business Process Model and Notation (BPMN) -- considered, along with Business Process Execution Language -- the bedrock of business process management, has a lot of support from both the business and IT communities. 

However, as Roland Woldt observes, many vendors and proponents will lead us to believe that "BPMN is the cure for all diseases that the other competing standards seem to have."

While expectations of BPMN are often overinflated, it nonetheless is a solid foundation for many efforts. Roland recently provided an excellent primer on what BPMN is, its heritage, and what it can do for organizations

BPMN closes the gap between business visualization of processes (flowcharts) and execution. As Roland describes it: "the single purpose of BPMN is to develop a process model that maps the graphical objects to the execution language. Nothing more, nothing less."

In this blog (formerly known as "SOA in Action"), Joe McKendrick examines how BPM and related business and IT approaches can promote business transformation.

Joe McKendrick

Joe McKendrick is an author and independent analyst who tracks the impact of information technology on management and markets. View more

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