Redditch, UK, 4th October 2011 – Lanner, a provider of simulation software proven to maximise performance and optimise resources, today announced that it will join the newly formed Process Simulation and Optimisation Working Group, established by the Workflow Management Coalition (WfMC), to create a new Process Simulation and Optimisation Standard.

The WfMC working group will align all key stakeholder organisations operating within the field of process simulation and optimisation.  Chaired by Denis Gagné, principal of, process simulation specialist Lanner will play an active role in the working group, helping to shape the standard.  Lanner will be joined by contributors including Process Analytica, sim4bpm, Fujitsu and TIBCO Software. 

“Fuelled by the need to strip costs, boost performance and reduce risk, process simulation has become synonymous with deriving maximum value from BPM initiatives,” comments David Jones, CEO of Lanner.  “Lanner’s deep domain expertise in BPM simulation, combined with a wealth of experience working with leading providers such as Software AG and IBM, means that, alongside our peers, we will act as a pioneer in the creation of an open standard for BPM model exchange.  In turn this will enable faster integration with BPM vendor product suites and wider, more accessible simulation benefits for users.”

“We have seen a lot of interest in the market for such standardisation and we now feel we can build on the maturity of process modelling using XPDL and BPMN to move forward in the endeavour,” comments Denis Gagné, principal at Business Process Incubator.  “Our initial mandate embraces process simulation and optimisation using both static and dynamic approaches. We are seeking to gather all interested parties to participate and contribute to this new and timely effort as Business Process Management (BPM) gains in wider adoption.”

More information on the group’s work can be found at WfMC

About Lanner

Any business can use the proven simulation software and services delivered by Lanner to maximise its performance and optimise the use of resources.  Lanner is an international company with headquarters in the UK. Its simulation software has delivered answers for commercial businesses and government organisations since 1979, helping them move toward operational perfection.  Lanner’s customers include some of the largest and most successful organisations in the world and its technology is embedded within leading software vendors’ products.

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About 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 process syntax of business process models, as well as extended product 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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