Business process modelling: Comparing IDEF3 and CIMOSA

  • F. B. Vernadat
Part of the IFIP — The International Federation for Information Processing book series (IFIPAICT)


Enterprise Integration (EI) and business process reengineering (BPR) both require business process modelling methods to assess and reengineer enterprise behaviour and functionality in order to create better synergy among business entities. IDEF3 and the CIMOSA process model are such methods. These two methods are reviewed and compared in this paper with regards to common business process modelling structures necessary to model industrial systems and manufacturing enterprises. Applications of the methods to the modelling of structured and semi-structured processes as well as to nondeterministic and concurrent processes are also discussed.


Enterprise modelling Enterprise Integration BPR Business processes CIMOSA IDEF3 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • F. B. Vernadat
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  1. 1.Laboratoire de Génie Industriel et Production MécaniqueUniversité de Metz and ENIMMetz cedex 1France

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