Business Process Forum

Tuesday | 2:30pm - 3:30pm | BPM as an Analysis Methodology Track
Room: Plaza BC

Panel Discussion

The Present and Future of Business Process Modeling Standards: A Panel Discussion


Speaker Photo: Fred Cummins

Fred Cummins

Consultant, HP Fellow, retired, HP

Chair, OMG Business Modeling and Integration Task Force


Speaker Photo: Michael zur Muehlen

Michael zur Muehlen

Associate Professor, Stevens Institute of Technology

Speaker Photo: Henk de Man

Henk de Man

Architect, VDMbee

Speaker Photo: Art Drake

Art Drake

Art Drake, Vice President, Operations Development, AIG




    The concept of establishing standard methods and notations for modeling processes has been discussed for some time. It was not until the Business Process Management Initiative (BPMI) and the Object Management Group (OMG) took on the challenge with the development of BPMN that much traction occurred in the business community. The OMG will soon approve the next release of BPMN 2.0. It has also turned its attention to processes that are less structured than what BPMN is equipped to handle well. The name ‘Case management’ is being used to describe these non deterministic and highly interactive process types. This panel discussion featuring some of the standards developers and influencers, will address these two types of processes in a lively discussion of pro’s and cons and what’s to come.



    Fred Cummins is a retired HP Fellow in the HP Enterprise Services Office of the CTO.  He is involved in industry standards, BPM, SOA, and cloud computing. He is Co-Chair of the OMG Business Modeling and Integration Domain Task Force that is responsible for the Value Delivery Metamodel (VDM), Business Process Model and Notation (BPMN), and Case Management Process Modeling (CMPM) specifications, as well as other business-oriented specifications. He is a leader in the development of the OMG VDM and CMPM specifications. He is the author of three books, most recently Building the Agile Enterprise with SOA, BPM and MBM.


    Dr. Michael zur Muehlen is Associate Professor of Information Systems and directs the Center for Business Process Innovation at Stevens Institute of Technology, where he is responsible for the BPM research and teaching programs. Michael has led numerous reengineering projects in the public and private sector both in the United States and Europe. He serves as an advisor to the Chief Architect and CTO of the U.S. Department of Defence’s Business Mission Area. Michael is a fellow of the Workflow Management Coalition and has authored one book and more than 50 papers on BPM and workflow topics.

    Henk has over 20 years' experience in ERP, Lean Enterprise Applications, BPMS and now Business Model Innovation & Transformation, in respectively the companies Baan, Invensys, Cordys, and now VDMbee. In his role as architect he translated key customer requirements and conducted applied research to advance existing and incubate new software products. He was initiative taker and main editor of modeling standards in the Object Management Group (OMG), amongst others of the Value Delivery Modeling Language (VDML) and Case Management Model and Notation (CMMN). He is co-author of several books and papers in related areas.

    Art Drake is currently a Vice President in Operations Development at AIG, with responsibility for Knowledge Management, Business Process Architecture Standards, and oversees the use and application of the AIG Strategic Design Methodology.  Recent, Art worked on the redesign and implementation of the Global Value Management Office, and has developed several portfolio and risk management frameworks. Mr. Drake is also responsible for the development and delivery of process design and modeling training and best practices development across AIG. Prior to coming to AIG, Mr. Drake was the Director of the PMO and Business Analysis & Strategy for EmblemHealth of New York.  In addition, Art serves as a Director At Large with the Enterprise Management Association - International.

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