The History of BPMN

BPMN was originally developed by the Business Process Management Initiative (BPMI). They released a version 1.0 to the public in May, 2004. In June 2005, BPMI merged with OMG, the Object Management Group. A BPMN Specification document was released by OMG in February, 2006. Version 2.0 of BPMN was developed in 2010, and the actual version of the specification was released in December 2013. The latest version (2.0.2) has been formally published by ISO as the 2013 edition standard: ISO/IEC 19510.
History of BPMN
Over the last few years, BPMN rapidly became the de facto standard for process modeling. Part of its success, is due to the fact that BPMN offers a familiar look and feel to business analysts, while providing powerful business process model expressiveness. BPMN 2.0 models can be used to communicate, and interchange the business requirements of a business process, as well as providing the underpinning of the actual process implementation.
BPMN 2.0 is a fundamental evolution of the original standard. It extends the scope and capabilities of BPMN in several areas:
  • It formalizes the execution semantics for all BPMN elements.
  • It defines extensibility mechanism for both Process model extensions, and graphical extensions.
  • It refines Event composition and correlation.
  • It extends the definition of human interactions.
  • It defines a Choreography model, and a Conversation View for a Collaboration diagram.
In short, BPMN 2.0 is not just a modeling notation anymore. It is a model and a notation.