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BPMN Link Data to Process Steps

Hi all,

I have created a Business Process Model Diagram in Power Designer with BPMN 2.0 process language. I was wondering if there is a possibility to somehow map data from PDM or LDM to process tasks? I know it is possiblewith other process languages but BPMN doesn't seem to offer this functionality. I would like to link table attributes from PDM to process tasks in order to show which processes/process steps are using/changing which data. Is there a possibility to model it somehow in Power Designer while modelling processes with BPMN?

Thanks and regards,


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  • Posted on Jan 12, 2015 at 08:52 PM

    Hi Katarzyna,

    There is always the generic capability of adding Traceability Links that can note a link to/from pretty much anything. Since there is not much context to these links by default, I would suggest that you use stereotype or Link Type (or both) to add your context.

    Other option would be to create an extension defining a custom link object, but that seems like overkill.

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  • Posted on Jan 12, 2015 at 11:24 PM

    Hi Katarzyna,

    This is a part of the BPMN standard. So, you can do as Bruce suggest in his post above or you can extend the BPMN language to accept data and dataaccess within the model.

    To do what I recommend, in your model, go to the Language menu, Edit Current Process Language. Then when the dialog appears, open the Profile folder and select Data, then deselect 'Exclude from model'. Then do the same for DataAccess.

    If you do this, save the file as a different name by doing the following in that same Process Language Properties dialog. This will preserve your changes should SAP update this standard file shipped with the product.

    1. Scroll up to the top on the left-pane. Click on BPMN 2.0 "Executable/Descriptive"

    2. Then on the right-hand pane change the name to something like BPMN 2.0 <Company ABC>

    3. Finally change the file name to BPMN 2.0_<company name>.xpl.

    Hope between Bruce and I you have a solution to meet your needs now.

    -Matt C.

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