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business process modeling

Contributor(s): Anne Stuart
This definition is part of our Essential Guide: Enterprise architect's guide to optimal BPM workflow

Business process modeling, often called process modeling, is the analytical representation or illustration of an organization’s business processes.  

Along with business process discovery,  process modeling is widely viewed as a critical component in successful business process management (BPM). It is used to map out an organization’s current (or “as-is”) processes to create a baseline for process improvements and to design future (or “to-be”) processes with those improvements incorporated. Process modeling often uses Business Process Modeling Notation (BPMN), a standard method of illustrating processes with flowchart-like diagrams that can be easily understood by both IT and business managers.

 

Continue reading about business process modeling:

 > The rise and rise of BPMN for process modeling

 > Better process discovery and modeling lead to better BPM

 > BPMN 2.0: The emerging star of business process modeling

This was last updated in February 2012

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The "Business Process Model" video shows how BPMN is supported by the MacA&D and WinA&D tools.

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