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BPMN 2.0 Business Process Toolbox Pages

To create BPMN elements and relationships on business process diagrams in either BPMN 2.0 or BPEL formats, you can use the BPMN 2.0 Business Process pages of the Diagram Toolbox.

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Element and Connector Descriptions



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BPMN 2.0 Business Process

Business Process

Extend a composite Activity that defines a business process.



Define the behavior of an executable or abstract business process.



Represents work that is performed within a Business Process. An Activity can be modeled as a:

Sub-Process - a compound Activity that is defined as a flow of other BPMN 2.0 elements or
Task - an atomic Activity that cannot be broken down into a smaller unit


As a sub-process, the Activity can be made a composite element that links to a child diagram containing the flow of other BPMN elements.



Extend an Activity element to represent a process unit of information exchange between Participants.

Enterprise Architect currently supports two to four participant bands within one Choreography Activity/Task.



Extend a Class element to group a set of Message Flows together based on a certain concept.


Data Object

Provide or store the information for an Activity.


Data Store

Represent a mechanism for an Activity to retrieve or update stored information.


Start Event

Define the initiating event in a process.


Intermediate Event

Define an intermediate event in a process.


End Event

Define the terminating event in a process.



Define a decision point in a business process.

If a condition is true then processing continues one way; if false, then another.



Extend a Partition element to logically organize an Activity.



Extend a Partition element to subdivide a Pool.



Represent the contents of a communication between two Participants.



Extend a Boundary element to group other elements.


Text Annotation

Create a comment.


BPMN 2.0  Business Process Connectors

Sequence Flow

Extend a Control Flow relationship to define the flow of activity.


Message Flow

Extend a Control Flow relationship to define the flow of communications in the process.


Data Association

Move data between Data Objects, Data Store, Properties and Activities, Processes.



Link the information and Artifacts with BPMN graphic elements.


Conversation Link

Connect a Conversation Node with a Participant, in either direction.



Example BPMN 2.0 Business Process Diagram



The appearance and specification of some elements and connectors are defined by Tagged Values

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