Written by on Tuesday April 3rd 2012 in other, What We're Doing

SIMUL8 and BPMN a Perfect Match

As we announced yesterday, SIMUL8 2012 has arrived! To show you why you’ll love it, we’ll be dedicating the next few posts to help you familiarize yourself with all the new and exciting features. Today we’re going to cover BPMN – think of this as your SIMUL8 learning guide to BPMN (if you’re already an expert think of this as a refresher, if you’re new we hope this helps).


A standard Business Process Modeling Notation (BPMN) will provide businesses with the capability of understanding their internal business procedures in a graphical notation and will give organizations the ability to communicate these procedures in a standard manner. Furthermore, the graphical notation will facilitate the understanding of the performance collaborations and business transactions between the organizations. This will ensure that businesses will understand themselves and participants in their business and will enable organizations to adjust to new internal and B2B business circumstances quickly. – Object Management Group


SIMUL8 and BPMN are an obvious match. BPMN is used to depict process flow, and SIMUL8 is a world renowned process improvement tool.

Now, instead of just drawing out what a process looks like, Business Analysts can use simulation to optimize their entire business process from end-to-end.




Business Process Model and Notation (BPMN) was an important step in reducing the fragmentation that exists between the myriad of BPM tools and notations, and now SIMUL8 has gone one step further by integrating the BPMN language with its process improvement tools.

The new BPMN features include:

  • New BPMN Objects – with Start, Activity, Gateway, Intermediate, Sub Process and End SIMUL8 uses the same names as BPMN core design elements, eliminating any confusion with seamless integration.
  • Swim lanes -A partition that is used to organize and categorize activities within a Pool. A Lane extends the entire length of the Pool either vertically or horizontally. Lanes are often used for such things as internal roles (e.g., Manager, Associate), systems (e.g., an enterprise application), or an internal department (e.g., shipping, finance). defined by BPMN 2.0 Specification
  • BPMN and XPDL import – You can import your BPMN and XPDL process diagrams into SIMUL8 giving you the power and insight of simulation to help understand the best way to improve your process.


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