We are all waiting for the offical release of BPMN 2.0 by the OMG specification group. Now the Workflow Management Coalition ( WfMC) hosts the annual global user group event for implementers, developers and practitioners of the XML Process Definition Language for BPM Notation (XPDL4BPMN). Held December 2-3, 2010 at the Fujitsu corporate facility in Santa Clara, California, the two-day event will feature four half-day sessions. Topics range from best practices and implementation tricks, to what’s new in XPDL 2.2 and the future of the XPDL4BPMN standard.
Wishing to be an Influencer: The XPDL and BPMN User Group will wrap-up with an interactive, town hall discussion, offering all participants the opportunity to present feature requests and new requirements for the future of XPDL. The solicitation of questions will be conducted in advance of the event to ensure the greatest opportunity for contribution. The results will be published following the event, as well as used to drive the future direction of the standard.
Because there are 80 vendors having supported XPDL yet there may be enough power to specify and finsh the next version. I will keep an eye on it. May be also that the new XML-based serialisation of the BPMN will be enough for all vendors to support interoperability between other tools and XPDL as well as BPEL will be a phased-out mode over the next 5 to 10 years. The future will show it.
SAPERION is going for the XML-based serialisation of BPMN 2.0 and due to our first experiences in respect to human-centric workflow execution are just looking forward getting some more fitting specification points in BPMN 2.1.
See here the complete invitation for this annual WfMC event.