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Release date: 27th May 2013

1. New Features

1.1 Business Motivation diagram 
1.2 Process Definition diagram
1.3 BPMN Processes Structure Map
1.4 BPMN Data Usage Matrix
1.5 Business Data Description table

2. Enhancements

2.1 SubProcess refactoring
2.2 Importing from and exporting to XPDL files
2.3 Diagramming usability

3. Fixed Issues


1. New Features

1.1 Business Motivation diagram

One of the highlights of this release is the Business Motivation diagram, which is based on the Business Motivation Model (BMM) standard provided by the Object Management Group (OMG). The Business Motivation Model provides a means to develop, communicate, and manage business plans. The model allows you to identify the motivating factors for the establishment of a business plan, recognize and describe the elements of the business plan, and show how all these factors and elements are interconnected.

A Business Motivation diagram consists of four types of elements: End, Means, Influencer, and Assessment.

The End elements show what an organization wants to achieve. The Means elements provide a method to achieve the ends. The Influencer elements come up with the factors that are influencing the ends achievement of the organization. The Assessment element is the Influencer's assessment of the organization ends and means including the activities, events, and data that trigger or feed business activities.

1.2 Process Definition diagram

A Process Definition diagram is a new tool that makes business process modeling easier to accomplish. You can draw your processes, group them, and define relations between those processes by using the Process Definition diagram. When you need to provide more details about a process, you can create a BPMN Process diagram for each process and define the process flow in this diagram.

1.3 BPMN Processes Structure Map

A BPMN Process Structure Map diagram helps you understand the structure of the processes in a project so that you can better analyze how they are organized. This diagram shows packages, processes, subprocesses, and tasks from a selected scope.

1.4 BPMN Data Usage Matrix

Cameo Business Modeler 17.0.4 release introduces a BPMN Data Usage Matrix. This matrix shows what business data (classes) are used in BPMN processes. This helps you understand and analyze your business model.

1.5 Business Data Description table

Starting with version 17.0.4, you can describe business data classes not only in Business Data diagrams and element specification dialogs but also in a new BPMN Business Data Description table. This new table allows you to provide textual descriptions for the data classes. You can add existing classes to the table or create new classes using this table.

2. Enhancements

2.1 SubProcess refactoring

The SubProcess refactoring capability in this release has been improved. Previously converting a SubProcess to a Task or a Call Activity (by clicking Refactor > Convert To on the shortcut menu) would cause all of the SubProcess' inner diagrams and elements to be deleted.

Now when you convert a SubProcess into a Task or a Call Activity, a new BPMN Process will be created, and all of the SubProcess' inner elements will be moved into this new process.

When you convert a SubProcess into a Call Activity, the reference from the Call Activity to the new BPMN process will also be added. The example below illustrates

2.2 Importing from and exporting to XPDL files

The XPDL files import capability has also been optimized to allow you to import not only BPMN models but also advanced XPDL properties such as Extended Attributes and Simulation Information properties. The imported properties will also be exported to XPDL files. This allows you to keep advanced information while importing XPDL files to Cameo Business Modeler, and then exporting it back to XPDL.

2.3 Diagramming usability

The previous drawing and shape layout problems in BPMN diagrams have been fixed in this new release of the Cameo Business Modeler plugin.

3. Fixed Issues

To open the list of publicly available or your own issues those have been included into version 17.0.4 FR, click here.
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