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Maybe you had the chance to visit the SAP TechEd, this week in Las Vegas or last week in Berlin.

If yes, and if you visited the BPM Roadmap talk or one of the hands-on session, you might have seen some cool new features:

  • The project codemame “Gravity” allows collaborative Business Process Modeling in a Web Browser.
  • The processes can be exported and imported into SAP NetWeaver BPM “Process Composer” for further refinement.

Indeed this marks the advent of BPMN 2.0 support in SAP NetWeaver BPM.

The feature is build with the open source contribution that I explained in the articles BPMN 2.0 Metamodel Implementation for Eclipse: Get it and Use it and Making of the BPMN 2.0 Meta Model for Eclipse: Merge and Conquer. Additionally there is a mapping that transforms the BPMN EMF model in memory to the internal Process Composer representation.

The BPMN importer is not only useful in conjunction with “Gravity”. You could for example also sketch processes with Visio or other modeling tools (partly with third-party extensions). And then you import into Process Composer to complete the sketch drawing into an executable process.

According to the current BPMN roadmap, the exporter is planned as a downloadable add-in for Process Composer 7.20 and 7.30 as Beta early next year.

And the next release of SAP NetWeaver BPMN is planned to have full BPMN 2.0 Import and Export support.

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