ONJava.com: What Is Business Process Modeling?: "What Is Business Process Modeling?
by Mike Havey, author of Essential Business Process Modeling
'The boxes and arrows of outrageous fortune ....' When a business analyst stands at a whiteboard, sketches the flowchart of a business process as a cluster of boxes linked by arrows (apologies to Shakespeare), and asks the software team to make it run, Business Process Modeling (BPM)--sometimes known as Business Process Management--comes to the rescue. BPM is a set of technologies and standards for the design, execution, administration, and monitoring of business processes. A business process is the flow or progression of activities (the 'boxes')--each of which represents the work of a person, an internal system, or the process of a partner company--toward some business goal."