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New Post 6/17/2010 7:18 PM
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Business process modeling tool (BPM)  

Hi,

Does anyone know of a business process modeling tool that uses swimlanes and BPMN that gives you more bang for the buck than MS Visio?

We are currenlty using Visio, but we would like a took that would allow us to document the business process directly inside the BPM  tool. We currently create a procedure in MS Word to support of workflow diagram but whenever we make a change to it, we need to manually modify the Word document to reflect those changes.

Any suggestions?

Thanks

 
New Post 6/18/2010 2:19 AM
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Re: Business process modeling tool (BPM)  

 I've been using enterprise architect for a while and can recommend it. Its model based, multi user. Supports Activity diagrams and BPMN for BPM. In fact I've been writing about 20 odd BPMN diagrams in it in the last few weeks. 

Its also remarkably cheap - about $200 per seat. check out:

http://www.sparxsystems.com/

I have no association with them other than as a user.

Kimbo

 
New Post 6/18/2010 8:36 AM
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Re: Business process modeling tool (BPM)  

Hi Kimbo,

I looked at the product description on their website. I have two questions for you:

1. Is it user friendly for the BPMN modeling? In others words, does it require the user to be very skilled, or it is as simple as Visio to use?

2. Is it possible to document each step of the process directly in the tool, without having to maintain a seperate Word document? If so, does it have an export feature to generate a Word document with the description of each process steps?

Thanks

 
New Post 6/19/2010 5:20 PM
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Re: Business process modeling tool (BPM)  
Modified By Kimbo  on 6/19/2010 7:22:36 PM)

 Hi Max (just guessing!),

you asked: "1. Is it user friendly for the BPMN modeling? In others words, does it require the user to be very skilled, or it is as simple as Visio to use"

Its as simple as Visio. I actually find it much easier to use than Visio. Visio is basically just a drawing tool. Does a good job of that. EA (and similar modelling tools), allow you to draw the diagrams and click through from one diagram to the next if you have multiple levels. It is object based, so you can reuse activities, actors, etc but only define them once. Plus its a multi user modelling tool that exports to Word, etc. AND its about a quarter of the price of Visio. 

I've never been trained on EA but have been able to pick it up easily to a moderate level.

you asked: "2. Is it possible to document each step of the process directly in the tool, without having to maintain a seperate Word document? If so, does it have an export feature to generate a Word document with the description of each process steps?"

the short answer is Yes to all of your question. You can export to word. There are some predefined templates to use and you can create your own. Yes, you can define the activities directly on the diagram - cllick on the activity opens a window to enter the details. Then you can use a template to print the diagram and all the activity descriptions. Also the pools and lane descriptions, diagram descriptions, etc if you want.

Thing is its very flexible. I've found that if you want to do something, there is generally a way you can do it. For more advanced stuff you need a toolsmith though. 

They let you download a copy for 30 days. Have a play. You should be able to do your diagrams pretty easily. There is good Help and white papers on their website as well. There is probably one on BPMN.

Kimbo

 
New Post 6/24/2010 3:57 AM
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Re: Business process modeling tool (BPM)  

hello

Following are the tools related to your quest against business process modelling tool.

1.BizAgi process modeler

2.Questetra BPM suite

3.Tibco business studio

4.Aris express ( soon to be released)

5.Process maker

6.Open Model Sphere

7.Visual Paradigm – Smart Development enviroment (Community Edition)

8. Visual Paradigm for UML (Community Edition)

 

Hope the above listing may help you

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