Keith Swenson on Model Portability

Scott Francis
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Keith has updated the community with a Model Portability Landmark:  WfMC’s announcement of a BPMN Model portability test. This is a great step forward, and Keith does a great job summing up the results.  Unfortunately, from my perspective, the portability standard uses XPDL, rather than the as-yet-to-be-approved BPMN 2.0.  I have nothing against XPDL, I just wish some of the vendors I work with supported it!  Without that support, I’m tempted to rain on the parade of this announcement of portability.  For example, missing from the list on WfMC’s website are Lombardi, Savvion, Appian, Intalio, Pega.  Well, Pega and Lombardi (arguably market leaders based on Analyst reports) were recently placed prominently in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for BPM, and they don’t support XPDL. However, there is a silver lining for those of us who don’t use products that support XPDL.  Whether BPMN portability can be accomplished or not is not longer a theory.  It is a fact.  It can be done, and it has been done.  Now the question is whether the BPMN-2.0 supporters will get to the altar of portability sooner than later… one can hope!