As the ‘finalisation task force’ put the belts and braces on BPMN 2.0 you have to ask whether this time it will succeed in being widely adopted in the enterprise or still be regarded as BPM’s internal pet project ?
I’ve yet to come across an organisation in the UK that has adopted it wholesale or even understand what BPMN is actually for (albeit limited to some of the FS industry in my travels that doesn’t mean no-one else does) but the many out there I’ve spoken to still scratch their head as to why they should bother at all. As it has shares roots with BPEL there’s a fair amount of an IT slant which puts of the business user of a BPM tool having to learn another standard when they can easily adopt their own for modelling which contains far less symbols to apply.
Whilst the interoperability card is often played as an advantage that’s only for the enterprise who wishes to really push the boat out and integrate systems using the same standards throughout but I’m sure I’m not alone in thinking these are few and far between.
I can’t knock the amount of effort that has gone into creating and enhancing BPMN to it’s current form but as with most standards looking for acceptance and adoption there should be more effort in general education and why it’s relevant without the geek speak involved.
De-geek BPMN and you may have a chance in others understanding the value.