BPM history in one picture

Starting from various sources and disciplines, I have built up a pictorial representation of BPM history in the last 30 years. I know, it’s shallow and incomplete, but I think it makes some good points.
Just one comment on the last step: model driven development seems to be recognized as a good practice in the BPM industry by now. Next waves? MDM (Master data management) integration maybe…

Obviously, comments are welcome!

2 thoughts on “BPM history in one picture

  1. Johan,
    you are right, the picture is necessarily very rough.
    The last step I put in (BPM+MDD) was meant to show the convergence of two fields that traditionally were basically disjoint (I'm sure that BPM people never heard about MDD-MDE before last year).
    The “rules” that appear in the 1995 slice are meant to be Business Rules, not transformation rules à la MDE. At that time, in the BPM field, modeling itself was assigned a mere role of description/documentation, without any “engineering” aspect. These are the reasons that made me schematize the story as you see it.

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