Business Process Modelling Using BPMN


As organisations become more competitive and challenged by innovation with the use of new technology, they need the ability to rapidly react to change and to adjust their business processes in response to changing market conditions.


Business process modelling (and Business Process Modelling Notation) provides a way of visualising work practices within an organisation and provides the ability to respond to change. The idea is to create a graphical representation of the work practices that describe activities performed by the business and their interdependencies. The modelling of work practices can reveal inefficiencies and provide opportunities for improving work practices and enhancing productivity.


In the past there has been no industry standard business process modelling notation to address the complexity of business processes, and as business process modelling was becoming increasingly important and complex, the industry identified a need for a standard business process modelling notation. As a result the Business Process Modelling Notation (BPMN) was developed as part of the Business Process Modelling Initiative (BPMI) consortium and is currently maintained by the Object Management Group since the two organisations merged in 2005.


BPMN provides a graphical notation for describing business processes. BPMN allows modellers to create a business process diagram which represents the activities of the business process and the flow controls that define the sequence in which they are performed. BPMN is targeted at a high level for business users and at a lower level for process implementers. The business users should be able to easily read and understand a BPMN business process diagram. The process implementers should be able to include further detail in a business process diagram in order to represent the process in a physical implementation.


BPMN provides businesses with the capability to understand their internal work practices in a graphical notation, and gives organisations the ability to communicate these work practices in a standard manner. The graphical notation will also improve understanding of performance collaborations and business transactions between organisations. Documenting business processes ensures that the business understand their internal work practices and the participants in their business enabling them to implement change quickly and pro-actively improve work practices.


BPMN is targeted at users, vendors and service providers who need to communicate business processes in a standard manner. BPMN has been developed to provide users with a royalty free notation. This will benefit users in a similar way that UML standardised the world of software engineering. The initial version of BPMN was made available to the public on May 3, 2004.

Developing and establishing consistent, high quality business processes is a fundamental component of Business Process Management and Enterprise Architecture.


Staff at Trident Business Solutions are senior "hands on" Business Process Modelling and Business Process Re-engineering experts with a wealth of practical experience. We help organisations improve their performance through the adoption of best practice. We assess the skill level of your staff and tailor our consultancy services to meet your requirements.


We spend the required time with your staff to ensure that they have the necessary "hands on" experience required to be self-sufficient. We mentor staff in Business Process Modelling using best practice techniques in accordance with appropriate methodologies. We also emphasise and mentor staff in the importance of establishing and adhering to standards to gain consistency and quality in their work.


We bring with us an extensive portfolio of Intellectual Property to assist you in getting started.


We support your staff by assisting them in their work during the learning curve ensuring that they do not lose confidence and commitment to their role. On completion of our work we endeavor to ensure that your staff are capable of producing high quality business process models that are cost effective and manageable.


We will also show you how to take the BPMN Business Process Models to the next level, for system development, using Use Case Analysis based on the RSI Framework.


The RSI framework (Requirements, Services, Interface) is an approach for structured Use Case development. It also aims to assist in maximising software re-use - by partitioning functionality into those aspects which are concerned with 'managing the interface' to an actor, and those areas which make up the re-usable core of the system.