Model Oriented Architecure (MOA) – IASA Summit Presentation

A recording of the recent IASA E-Summit focussed on raising the understanding of MOA….

IASA has recently identified the need for an industry level education in Model Oriented Architecture which includes related concepts of Model Driven Architecture, Domain Specific Languages, code generation, Model Driven Development, Domain Driven Design and other architectural approaches that put the model at the center of IT initiatives. Conceptually this includes any process or framework that focuses on model as more than simply text and documentation.

As a part of this E-Summit series you will hear from practiced experts throughout the industry on MOA topics and concepts. This is the type of training you and your team can only get from practicioner based organizations like IASA.

The recording can be found here (may require registration)


Free BPM Modeling Tools


I was recently asked by a customer if I know of any free process modeling and automation tools. This got me thinking of how many vendors provide a free edition of their software for unlimited use i.e. no trial basis or try before you buy editions. After some research I came up with the following short list.

 Free BPM and Process Modeling Tools:

I have not evaluated each application so could not comment on their strengths and weaknesses but would be interested to hear about other free BPM and/or Enterprise Architecture tools so I can add them to my resource list

Overview of 12 Different Approaches to Business Process Modeling

An informative post describing the various ways to model business processes can be found at Active Knowledge Modeling.

In addition to the common transformational process models, this post discusses block structured languages, storytelling, and process modeling languages that are hierarchical, flow-oriented, role-oriented, communication-oriented, declarative, goal-oriented, timelines, product and document state machines etc.


BPMN Tutorials, Patterns and Resources

drawFollowing on from my earlier post on BPMN modeling related reference material, I thought I would also share this animated quick start BPMN modeling and patterns tutorial I came across at

Note: Download Adobe Reader here to view slides and animations.

 If interested, also have a look at this comprehensive mini BPMN Learning Guide and resource list. It has various links to articles, tutorials and modelling tools.

BPMN – FREE Quick Reference Cheat Sheet & Visio Stencil

For those of you who are new to Business Process Management Notation (BPMN) or have years of experience, this free poster will be a useful resource.


The BPMN poster is based on BPMN Specification 1.0 and the poster’s source file is available from Sourceforge’s repository.

UPDATE 01/02/2010: BPMN Version 2.0 poster can be downloaded here: