Encyclopedia of Database Systems

2018 Edition
| Editors: Ling Liu, M. Tamer Özsu

Business Process Modeling Notation

  • W. M. P. van der AalstEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-8265-9_1195




The Business Process Modeling Notation (BPMN), also known as the Business Process Model and Notation, is a graphical notation for drawing business processes. It is proposed as a standard notation for drawing models understandable by different business users. BPMN aims to bridge the communication gap that frequently occurs between business process design and implementation. The language is similar to other informal notations such as UML activity diagrams and extended event-driven process chains.

Key Points

BPMN was initially developed by Business Process Management Initiative (BPMI). It is now being maintained by the Object Management Group (OMG) who released Version 2.0 in 2011 [1]. The intent of BPMN is to standardize a business process modeling notation in the face of many different modeling notations and viewpoints.

A model expressed in terms of BPMN is called a Business Process Diagram (BPD). A BPD is essentially a flowchart composed of different elements....

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Recommended Reading

  1. 1.
    OMG Business Process Model and Notation (Version 2.0). 2011. http://www.omg.org/spec/BPMN/2.0.
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    White S. Using BPMN to model a BPEL process. BPTrends. 2005;3(3):1–18.Google Scholar
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    Wohed P, van der Aalst WWP, Dumas M, ter Hofstede AHM, Russell N. On the suitability of BPMN for business process modelling. In: Proceedings of International Conference on Business Process Management; 2006. p. 161–76.Google Scholar
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    Weske M. Business process management: concepts, languages, architectures. Berlin/Heidelberg/New York: Springer; 2007.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Eindhoven University of TechnologyEindhovenThe Netherlands

Section editors and affiliations

  • Hans-Arno Jacobsen
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Electrical and Computer EngineeringUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada