WS SIG (SV): Business Process Modeling Language



  • BPML: XML Technology for linking business processes between companies. This is a joint meeting with the eBusiness SIG and the XML SIG.


    Co-hosted by the eBusiness SIG and the XML SIG



    Ismael Ghalimi (bio), Co-founder and Chief Strategic Officer - Intalio

    Note: location change, this meeting only.


    Presentation Overview

    Business Process Modeling Language

    B2B integration is a huge challenge. How do you get processes to talk with one another across the boundaries between customers, trading partners, and suppliers? Come hear one of the leaders in Business Process Management technology talk about the new Business Process Markup Language (BPML) standard.

    BPML is designed to enable companies to use a shared set of XML tags to define business processes. It is a standard public interface that makes it possible for businesses to contact one another and assess their behind-the-scenes processes.

    For example, "Instead of having to go through an elaborate interconnection of financial systems in order to accept one another's credit, BPML could allow companies to post their credit requirements and give another company's systems a chance to respond to its credit rules without preplanned application connections and alignment" (Charles Babcock, Interactive Week, 4/9/2001).

    On June 26th, the Business Process Management Initiative ( announced the release of BPML 1.0, the first public draft for the 1.0 release of the Business Process Modeling Language. The BPML 1.0 specification takes into account Web Services Flow Language (WSFL) from IBM and XLANG and leverages the Web Service Choreography Interface (WSCI) from BEA Systems, SAP, Sun, and Intalio.

    For more background, see


    About the Speaker


    Ismael Ghalimi, Co-founder and Chief Strategic Officer of Intalio

    Ismael has firmly established himself as a technology visionary and strategic industry leader. Having co-founded the company in 1999, Ismael put together the world-class engineering team that created the first standards-based business process management system (BPMS), defining the scope and functionality of this new breed of enterprise software. Ismael has also spearheaded major partnerships and industry alliances, most notably the founding of the Business Process Management Initiative (, the de facto standards body for business process management technologies.

    In his role as chief strategic officer, Ismael delivers Intalio's vision of the process-driven enterprise by leading product development and innovation; he also drives the company's strategic participation in the development of industry-wide standards.

    Prior to Intalio, Ismael organized the first ExoLab Session, the open source software conference held in Nantes, France, that laid the technical foundations for the BPMS technologies. He received his degree in computer science from the l'Ecole des Mines de Nancy (France) and went on to study parallel and distributed computing at l'Ecole Normale Superieure de Lyon (France).


    Event Logistics



    425 Market Street, 25th Floor, Room 1

    San Francisco, CA 94105




    6:30-7:00pm registration/networking/refreshments/pizza
    7:00-9:00pm presentation and discussion
    (Pizza and sodas are provided courtesy of ExecuStaff


    $15 for non-SDForum Members

    No charge for SDForum members, affiliates, and students with ID

    No registration required

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