BPM-X now offers BPMN™ Business Process Model conversion between IBM® Blueworks™ and Microsoft® Visio®

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BPM-Xchange® is an Enterprise Application Integration (EAI) software specialized in the exchange of non-transactional data amongst a variety of enterprise management tools, different formats and notations. BPM-Xchange® integrates modeling tools, repositories or databases by converting, transforming and exchanging both their model data, meta-model data and modeling languages. The latest integration offering includes the connectivity between the business process management platform IBM® Blueworks™ and Microsoft® Office Visio®.

BPM-X converter seamlessly bridges different standards and tools - Heinz-Jürgen Scherer, MD BPM-X GmbH

Microsoft® Visio® is an industry standard for diagramming and business process mapping. Visio® 2010 supports BPMN™ 1.1, the upcoming version Visio® 2013 will support the BPMN™ 2.0 notation. By using these BPMN™ templates, Visio® enables you to quickly and easily develop BPMN™ process model diagrams.

IBM provides the highly sophisticated business process management SaaS platform called IBM® Blueworks™, formerly named Lombardi Blueprint®. The new platform empowers process owners and business analysts to document business processes and drive business process analysis (BPA) for process improvements in their organization. The Blueworks™ tool supports BPMN™ 2.0 for modeling and can import Visio® diagrams, but BlueWorks™ is not able to export process models back to Visio®.

However, many organizations are actually using Visio® as their preferred mapping tool for BPA. In such a scenario BPM-Xchange® easily converts IBM® Blueworks™ process models given in XPDL format to Visio® BPMN™ diagrams. In Visio® business experts can enhance business process models by adding BPMN™ shapes, business objects and organizational structures in order to design highly sophisticated process models.

To put this scenario into practice, BPM-Xchange® provides the transformation between the Blueworks™ XPDL export format and the Microsoft® Visio® XML data format (or short: VDX). In this way an organization is able to allow different teams to work together for SoA and BPM projects using different tools , to protect existing investments in tools and documentation and to save time and money with seamless process model data exchange. Business analysts, for instance, can use their favorite tool Visio® in workshops and scope process models based on existing Blueworks™ BPMN™ models for the needs of an organization to capture business requirements in their challenging ERP projects.

More information about model, master and meta-data transformation and exchange are available at http://www.bpm-x.com/ or "Link your favorite tool sets"at http://www.bpm-x.com/link-your-favorite-tool-sets.html.

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