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).
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.