Business Process Modeling Notation

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A thorough and detailed literature review is the foundation and inspiration for a research. As the foundation of any excellent research, a good understanding on several key objectives in the literature review should be accomplished. For example, it sets the topic of the study, the context, the problem scope and, the most important, research directions. This is what we aim to achieve in this literature review on Business Process Modeling Notation (BPMN). The Business Process Modeling Notation is an important area for business process modeling. It allows business modeler to have a standard approach to modeling the business system in a high-level understanding on business processes.

The BPMN 1.0 was released to the public in 2004, and was developed by Business Process Management Initiative (BPMI), and has been managed by Objective Management Group (OMG) [1]. The primary goal of BPMN is to provide a notation that is easily understandable by all business users. The widely acceptable of this business process modeling approach is the success of industrial standardization. According to Alan Earls in his article “The rise and rise of BPMN for process modeling”, BPMN has been developed to the version 2.0 on 2010, which is more stable and mature as well as offering the XML for interchanging BPMN models that are executable or non-executable.

Admittedly, human mind prefers to comprehend graphs rather than text paragraphs, and this becomes the motivation on the development of graphical modeling language. Graphical process modeling has been demonstrated to be an effective approach to aiding organizations in the documentation of large businesses. By providing Business Process Diagram (BPD), complex business models can be e...

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In the next sections of this literature review, we would like to introduce as follows. Section 3 will be the background of BPMN development. Section 4 will introduce BPD in detail to provide an overall understanding of how to use BPMN. Then the section after section 4 describes how BPMN can improve the processes, and some examples will be used. Section 5 provides our recommendations and comments on current BPMN approach. Finally, last section is the conclusion about this literature review.

White, Stephen A. "Introduction to BPMN." IBM Cooperation 2.0 (2004): 0.

Thomas Davenport (1993). Process Innovation: Reengineering work through information technology. Harvard Business School Press, Boston

Lindsay, A., Downs, D., and Lunn, K., 2003. Business processes—attempts to find a definition. Information and Software Technology, 45 (15), 1015–1019.
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