San Diego, CA, Mar 25, 2009 ( via COMTEX) --The Workflow Management Coalition, the leading industry association and standards body dedicated to business process management and workflow, has announced the first results of BPMN model portability validation.

"This is a critical milestone for both business process modeling and the deployment of BPM systems, explained WfMC Executive Director, Nathaniel Palmer. "The work done by the WfMC Conformance Working Group, under the leadership of chair Robert Shapiro, provides the first-ever multi-product test results, and provides the first real risk management strategy for process modeling and re-engineering initiatives."

Currently over 80 identified products use the WfMC's standard XPDL ("XML Process Definition Language") for saving and storing process models reliably. Today XPDL remains the only standard means for the serialization (definition and storage) of models using BPMN ("Business Process Model Notation") the most commonly used notation business process modeling as well as the deployment BPMS and workflow management systems. The new conformance test provides a way to assure that BPMN diagrams can be reliably exchanged between certified tools.

The WfMC Conformance Working Group has tested over a dozen products used in business process modeling and management, and announces Fujitsu, ITP Commerce, and eClarus are the first products to be certified for XPDL/BPMN portability conformance and BPMN Model. Results of the first conformance trials, including actual models and output used in the process, as well as subsequent validation results, can be viewed online at

About the Workflow Management Coalition (WfMC) Founded in 1993, the Workflow Management Coalition (WfMC) is a global organization of adopters, developers, consultants, analysts, as well as university and research groups engaged in workflow and BPM. The WfMC creates and contributes to process related standards, educates the market on related issues, and is the only standards organization that concentrates purely on process. The WfMC created Wf-XML and XPDL, the leading process definition language used today in over 80 known solutions to store and exchange process models. XPDL is a process design format for storing the visual diagram and all design time attributes


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Rated as the #1 Most Influential Thought Leader in Business Process Management (BPM) by independent research, Nathaniel Palmer is recognized as one of the early originators of BPM, and has led the design for some of the industry’s largest-scale and most complex projects involving investments of $200 Million or more. Today he is the Editor-in-Chief of, as well as the Executive Director of the Workflow Management Coalition, as well as VP and CTO of BPM, Inc. Previously he had been the BPM Practice Director of SRA International, and prior to that Director, Business Consulting for Perot Systems Corp, as well as spent over a decade with Delphi Group serving as VP and CTO. He frequently tops the lists of the most recognized names in his field, and was the first individual named as Laureate in Workflow. Nathaniel has authored or co-authored a dozen books on process innovation and business transformation, including “Intelligent BPM” (2013), “How Knowledge Workers Get Things Done” (2012), “Social BPM” (2011), “Mastering the Unpredictable” (2008) which reached #2 on the Best Seller’s List, “Excellence in Practice” (2007), “Encyclopedia of Database Systems” (2007) and “The X-Economy” (2001). He has been featured in numerous media ranging from Fortune to The New York Times to National Public Radio. Nathaniel holds a DISCO Secret Clearance as well as a Position of Trust with in the U.S. federal government.

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