Francois Bonnet
BPM professional for many years with different software vendors, François cumulated his experience through his different positions, from software developer, pre-sales, training, product marketing to product management. Contributing to the MIWG since the beginning, he was an active member of the WfMC work group for Business Process Simulation (

Gero Decker is Co-CEO and Co-founder of Signavio, a process modeling tool vendor based in Berlin and Sunnyvale. Prior to starting Signavio, Gero contributed to the BPMN 2.0 standard through his work at SAP. He holds a PhD in Business Process Management from Hasso-Plattner-Institute in Potsdam, Germany.

Lloyd Dugan is Chief Architect for Business Process Management, Inc. (BPM.COM). He is a widely recognized thought leader in the development and use of leading modeling languages, methodologies, and tools, covering from the level of Enterprise Architecture (EA) and Business Architecture (BA) down through Business Process Management (BPM) and Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA). He is a member of standards organizations, such as the OMG’s BPMN Model Interchange Working Group (MIWG), WfMC - including the Business Process Simulation Working Group (BPSWG) that developed a specification for simulation of process models done in the standard modeling language of BPMN (

Dr. Matthias Kurz is a cloud architect at DATEV eG and a lecturer at the Friedrich- Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg. He publishes research papers on business process management, adaptive case management and the connection between strategy design and strategy implementations at several international conferences. Before joining DATEV eG, he was the head of the BPM research group at the chair Information Systems II of the Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg. During this time, he contributed to the OMG CMMN standard.

Zbigniew Misiak is a senior consultant at BOC Group, vendor offering IT-based management tools and services in the areas of Strategy and Performance Management, Business Process Management, IT Management and Enterprise Architecture. Responsible for the free business process analysis tool ADONIS:Community Edition ( and cooperation with universities.

Simon Ringuette is the BPM Architect and Team Leader at Trisotech. He has over 10 years of experience in BPM and he is an OMG-Certified Expert in BPM (OCEB): Professional Advanced Business Track and Professional Advanced Technical Track. Aside from his contribution to the BPMN 2.0 MIWG, he also contributed to the BPMN 2.0 specification of OMG. At the Workflow Management Coalition (WfMC) he also contributed to the XPDL 2.2 ( and the BPSim ( specifications.

Making BPMN a True lingua franca

In this Article, Francois Bonnet, Gero Decker, Lloyd Dugan, Matthias Kurz, Zbigniew Misiak, Simon Ringuette, describe the joint effort of vendors working in the BPMN Model Interchange Working Group to facilitate the interchange of BPMN models among the variety of available modeling tools. The authors have provided a vast array of graphics to illustrate the testing process used in the Working Group’s efforts.