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With the latest versions of NW BPM (7.20 SP05 and 7.30 SP03), it is now possible to export a process diagram to BPMN 2.0, and import a BPMN 2.0-compliant model into the process composer.

This allows you to exchange process diagrams between NW BPM and other tools that support the BPMN 2.0 format.

One such tool is the Simple way to model processes in the Web in SAP StreamWork (currently in beta).

Example

As an example, here is a leave request process modeled in StreamWork:

and after the import into NW BPM:

 

 In NW BPM, the process model can now be enhanced and refined to make it executable. For instance, you can attach a form to the human task and define the web service to store the leave request. Once the process model is complete, it can be deployed to the BPM server and processes can be started.

The Collaborative Process Modeler Tool is primarily tailored to business users who own and define the business process, while NW BPM allows IT/development to implement it and integrate it into the system landscape.

The model exchange via BPMN 2.0 helps to bridge the gap between the two sides, as the same model is used for process definition and implementation.

How to use

You can import a process model into the process composer of NW BPM from the context menu of the “Processes” node in the project explorer.

Simply select a BPMN 2.0-compliant XML file and the diagram will be imported as a new process into the current project.

Export works very similar: Select the model you want to export, and select the “Export…” action from the context menu. You can specify which process diagrams to include, and the output folder.

Other new features in BPM 7.20 SP05

There are several other improvements in the BPM area, including enhanced task notifications, improved process search in NWA and documentation of mapping functions.

For details please check the release notes.

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  1. Eduardo Chiocconi
    Hi Christian,
        Thanks so much for letting us know about this feature and how SAP is taking the BPMN 2.0 standard seriously. This shows the commitment not only to the standard but also opening the doors to use SAP NetWeaver BPM as the execution engine leveraging what other tools can produce while working with BPMN. Similarly, you can reuse the process description as defined in the BPMN specification to export these models from SAP NetWeaver BPM and the Collaborative Process Modeling tool into other BPMN 2.0 compliant tools.
         Great job. I am really excited to see more of this coming !

              Eduardo.

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  2. Thierry CRIFASI
    Useful feature!

    Looking at the mix of cloud and on premise applications of the export/import scenario above, I wonder whether SAP will come up soon with a full BPM on the cloud solution (model to execute).
    Any idea?

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    1. Eduardo Chiocconi
      Hi Thierry,
          The Process Collaborative Modeling environment is a critical piece in our BPM offering when it comes to collaboration. Its main use case is to better embrace the non-technical user and provide a means to engage and generate alignment in what the main business process models are. We are looking forward to continue to use this in other areas of our product portfolio as well as the future cloud initiative. Continue to keep an eye on this modeler as it has a great potential in other areas too besides its main primary use case.

               Eduardo.

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    1. Eduardo Chiocconi
      Hi Vikcy,
         ARIS is working on an export functionality for BPMN 2.0. This is what we are looking forward to leverage within NetWeaver Developer Studio. This would actually work the same way for any other vendor that has the ability to produce BPMN 2.0 XML exports. To date, I have not heard ARIS trying to import BPMN 2.0 but it would be good they adhere to these standard not only to export.
          As per SAP, we are also working on an interoperability initiative by Bruce Silver known as BPMN-I. You can find more details on his page: http://www.brsilver.com/bpmn-i-validation/.
           Hope this info helps !

                   Eduardo. 

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