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Microsoft Visio® for Business Process Modeling
BPM-X Designer extends Visio® to a BPM modeling tool. Visio® achieves the capabilities of methods-compliant modeling. As with all high-end modeling BPM tools, BPM-X Designer has different diagram types for the modeling of different contexts, such as workflow models, organizational charts, data models among with many other diagram types.

BPM-Xchange® is a software package that offers genuine universal business process model (BPM) transformation for carrying out highly sophisticated BPM conversions between a variety of tools and methodologies. BPM-Xchange® can import all popular BPM formats and standards with a set of predefined adapters and templates. The software is highly flexible and can be adjusted for the needs of a specific BPM environment.

BPM-X Designer helps you to

  • Optimize your licenses fee structure and maintenance efforts by enhancing Visio® for efficient method-compliant process modeling and capturing
  • Lower training and support costs for users
  • Satisfied users simplify your project lifecycle
  • Optimize your TCO for Aris® based BPM landscapes
  • Enhance BPM acceptance by including business users and process owners
  • Boost productivity as an result of increased usability for BPM modelers
1.Microsoft Visio for Business Process Modeling
Efficient high-end BPM tools have an important advantage as compared with graphics-oriented drawing tools: They support methods-compliant modeling and analytic capabilities. For example, these BPM tools provide within an organizational chart; the element types "organizational unit" and "position", whereas process models provide element types such as "activity" and "process interface". Furthermore element types can only be connected with each other in a sensible way. This ensures that the model deliverables are sensible, uniform and fulfill for instance the technical requirements of a simulation or a workflow management system.

This is not the case with easy to use and popular graphics-oriented modeling tools such as Microsoft Visio®. Here, the shapes as modeling constructs can be used and connected arbitrarily with each other within the diagram. This can result in a non-uniform and methodically inconsistent diagram. if they are used for pure visualization only, this may be acceptable, however to integrate several diagrams into a comprehensive enterprise business process model is not feasible with purely graphics-oriented drawing tools.

The BPM-X Designer solves these problems with a trade-off between easy usability and strict methodology. As an add-on software component for Microsoft Visio®, BPM-X Designer extends Visio® to a BPM modeling tool. Visio® achieves the capabilities of methods-compliant modeling. As with all high-end modeling BPM tools, BPM-X Designer has different diagram types for the modeling of different contexts, such as workflow models, organizational charts, data models etc. In each diagram type, only the appropriate elements can be used and be connected according to the principles of the method. Therefore, diagrams provided by different users become uniform, methods-compliant and consistent. More than 200 diagram types are available as predefined templates of leading methodologies such as Aris, EPC, Flowcharts, Swimlanes or BPMN. Due to the open meta model, your own methods with specific diagram types and shapes can be defined with the BPM-X Administrator.

For the Aris® platform, BPM-Xchange® offers a bidirectional link with the BPM-X converter using BPM-X Designer enhanced Visio® as an efficient modeling frontend.

BPM-X Designer with enhanced Microsoft Visio®

The diagrams are stored by the BPM-X Designer as standard Visio® XML data files. Therefore they are formatted from the outset to be exchanged through the BPM-X Converter with other modeling tools and business process management systems.

Benefits of BPM-X Designer are

  • Full integration with all popular office products by office standards
  • Improved learning curve by easy to use functionalities
  • Full compliance with international as well as company specific modeling standards
  • Wide collaboration through Microsoft Office SharePoint® Server
  • Easy deployment into the office workplace