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Creating a documentation of BPMN 2.0 model [message #1691452] Tue, 07 April 2015 11:09 Go to next message
Wojtek Kurek is currently offline Wojtek KurekFriend
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Hello All,

First of all I'd like to greet everybody as I'm only starting with BPMN usage and generally EMF.

For the past few days I've been googling a lot to find a solution to generate model documentation from my BPMN 2.0 model.

To give a broader picture what I'm looking for, in my company we have few very complex processes and currently we are trying to apply a format methodology to model them and create a documentation that would allow us to trace impact of changes and allow new members of our team to find their way with those application.

I've already found bits of information stating that BIRT could be used to create such documentation and embedd diagrams together with their comments in a single document (I'd like to avoid pasting images into word documents etc... ) , however I failed to find any solid information to get me started.

Therefore, I would be very grateful for any suggestions where to start with such a task.

Thank you in advance, and regards
Wojtek
Re: Creating a documentation of BPMN 2.0 model [message #1691642 is a reply to message #1691452] Wed, 08 April 2015 17:01 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Robert Brodt is currently offline Robert BrodtFriend
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If you don't really need BPMN 2.0 compliant documents, then I'd suggest something like Microsoft Visio which can handle very large flow diagrams and offers a very flexible stencil set.

On the other hand, if your application calls for BPMN 2.0 compliance, you'll do well with something like BPMN2 Modeler. There's also an add-on and stencil set for MS Visio that allows you to build BPMN 2.0 compliant documents.

HTH
Bob
Re: Creating a documentation of BPMN 2.0 model [message #1691696 is a reply to message #1691642] Thu, 09 April 2015 06:34 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Wojtek Kurek is currently offline Wojtek KurekFriend
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Thank you Robert what you propose would normaly be ok for me however I made some additional automation to create the Diagrams from Data taken from an inhouse software and automate diagram creation based on customer applications.

For this I already testes Papyrus (UML approach) and BPMN 2.0 modeller. What I'm now missing is a connection to BIRT to somehow export the Diagrams without extra manual work corresponding to saving diagram as image then pasting it to Word etc... I'd like to limit the number of manual tasks to a minimum when preparing process models for new customer applications.

Thanks
Wojtek
Re: Creating a documentation of BPMN 2.0 model [message #1691787 is a reply to message #1691696] Thu, 09 April 2015 16:01 Go to previous message
Robert Brodt is currently offline Robert BrodtFriend
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Ah, I get it. Unfortunately there is no BIRT connector (to be honest, I hadn't thought about it) but it's a good idea for an enhancement. Please file an enhancement request so we can track this.
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