• The MicroGuide to Process and Decision Modeling in BPMN/DMN: Building More Effective Processes by Integrating Process Modeling with Decision Modeling
    The MicroGuide to Process and Decision Modeling in BPMN/DMN: Building More Effective Processes by Integrating Process Modeling with Decision Modeling
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Process, Rules & Events: Critical Business Modeling Methods

Business process modeling, decisions, and business events describe the business, not the technical details. These are evolving, strategic management methods that meet today’s challenges. They work together to make it simple for an organization to update underlying rules or processes activities without complicated redeployments of production systems.


Figure for business rule pattern 3, the sequence or path of the process is controlled by the decision graph.

Over the last 5 years, BPM/BR represented a change in the language and symbols that we use to describe business models systems—these methods have become more business-centered and less tied to the technical details of systems. In the past, the IT industry has moved first from information engineering (IE), to object-oriented software engineering (OOSE), to use case analysis. Along the way, commercial off-the-shelf ERP software such as SAP and Oracle Financials became an important part of commonly used technology. The latest methods changed the focus from mathematical theories of data and functions into graphical notations of what the business does. For instance, IE uses an entity relationship diagram (ERD). The ERD depicts relational calculus formulas. A business process diagram, in BPMN, looks and acts like a white board, and business rules have similar graphical descriptions such as decision graphs and decision tables for the rules.

With older methods, data modeling and use case analysis created an immediately outdated technical snapshot of how the organization does business. Businesses always need to change their events, processes and rules to remain competitive. Data modeling and use case analysis do not easily help with these changes in applications. So, in some ways, software based on the metaphors of Process, Event and Decisions is the next step in modern software. Instead of writing programs in Java or C#, these organizations model what the business does in words and diagrams. To update the process or rule, you update the diagrams.

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November 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJhon Smith

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December 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLanny Forrester

Hello Tom, Thanks for sharing it. Just met your blog by accessing the link you posted in the BPMN forum at Linkedin, as I'm a BPM/BPMN professional it's great to have one more place to read about it.

Keep up the good work,


January 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGuilherme

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