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Business Process Modeling Notation (BPMN) 2.0 is a standardized graphical notation intended to promote communication between non-technical business users who must document their processes and developers seeking to implement them using business execution languages. BPMN 2.0 Descriptive is aimed at business users and contains a subset of the BPMN 2.0 objects suitable for business process design and analysis.

PowerDesigner provides support for two variants of BPMN 2.0. For information about BPMN 2.0 Executable, see BPMN 2.0 Executable.

PowerDesigner supports creating BPMN 2.0 Descriptive process diagrams, which focus on the sequence flow in a single process (which can be in a pool), and collaboration diagrams, which include two or more pools, with messages passing between them:
BPMN Descriptive Example - Performance Review

The following tools are available in BPMN 2.0 diagrams:
Tool Description
Pool/Lane - Represents companies, departments, roles, sub-entities (see Pools and Lanes (BPMN Descriptive)).
Start Event - Initiates a process (see Start and End Events (BPMN Descriptive)).
Task - Represents work performed within a process (see Tasks (BPMN Descriptive)).
Gateway - Represents a decision or parallel actions and the reunification of the sequence flow (see Gateways (BPMN Descriptive)).
End Event - Terminates a process (see Start and End Events (BPMN Descriptive)).
Data Store - Represents a database, filing cabinet or other data container (see Data (BPMN Descriptive)).
Data Object - Represents a report, document, or other piece of data used in the process (see Data (BPMN Descriptive)).
Text Annotation - Allows you to add explanatory text in the diagram.
Flow - Links objects with one of the following kinds of flow:
  • Sequence Flow - Links two elements (events, activities, gateways) to show the progress in a process.
  • Message Flow - Links a pool (or one of its activities) to another pool (or one of its activities), and passes a message between them.
  • Data Association - Links a data object to an task or event.