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All existing business models are wrong. Find a new one. — Hugh Macleod

What is BPMN? The Business Process Modeling Notation (BPMN) is an open standard notation for graphical flowcharts that is used to define business process workflows. It is popular among Business Analysts and Business Solution Architects for specifying enterprise business process workflows. For a fuller explanation explore What is BPMN?, Why use BPMN?, What is Business Process Modeling?, and other Frequently Asked Questions about BPMN on the BPMN FAQ page.
Why use BPMN? As the visual modeling language of choice for Business Analysts,
BPMN is a key enabling technology for Business Process Modeling, a Model-Based Engineering paradigm that emphasizes the application of rigorous visual modeling principles and best practices to Business Analysis activities during the System Development Life Cycle (SDLC). These Business Analysis activities include, but are not limited to, requirements analysis and verification, functional analysis, performance analysis, and business process workflow specification. When properly implemented a Business Process Modeling development approach can help your team transition from a traditional human-intensive and document-centric Business Process Management process to a Model-Based Business Process Management process that is partially automated, requirements-driven, and architecture-centric. For more information about the advantages of a Business Process Modeling development approach check out the Business Process Modeling section of the Model-Based Engineering Forum.
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