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After the new SAP BPM book in German blog in March 2014 and the “we want English” feedback from many of you, I am delighted to share with you news about another SAP book which has both German AND English versions! Its author Volker Stiehl called it Process-Driven Applications with BPMN.

(This does not cancel the multiple requests for an English version of the “Business Process Management mit SAP NetWeaver BPM”)

I am sure many of you know my colleague volker.stiehl/content either from TechEd and other events, or have read his publications. If you have not had the chance to meet him virtually or in person yet, Volker is a Chief Product Expert in the area of SAP Process Integration & Orchestration, SAP's reliable high performance SOA Middleware for both SAP and non-SAP system integrations.

Volker regularly presents at various conferences and is also a lecturer at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg and the Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University Mosbach. You now know where to find him if you want to have a signed copy of his book!

Who is this book for?

It is designed for all Professionals & Practitioners. It will definitely be a handy useful tool for Software architects, IT managers, Software developers and Project managers, as well as students of information and business technology.

The content

"Process-Driven Applications with BPMN" presents an approach for implementing differentiating end-to-end business processes based on BPMN and an application architecture that strives to find a balance between development and maintenance costs, sustainability, scalability, and fault tolerance that as well meets flexibility requirements without becoming inordinately complex itself. This approach is used to keep the end application as abstract as possible from the system landscape in which it operates.

With the semantic enhancements of the BPMN 2.0 (Business Process Model and Notation) standard, it is now possible to not only model the business processes, but also execute process models of the applications and execute the integration processes between the systems. Volker’s approach exploits BPMN to create and run complete application architectures. He offers a detailed blueprint, the principles of which can be used to plan and implement process-driven distributed applications.

For illustrating the implementation of the proposed architecture, the book uses the SAP Process Orchestration software used by thousands of organizations in all industries worldwide. However, all recommendations are kept generic, on purpose obviously, to allow readers to reuse the architecture if they choose or are required to implement on any other comparable platform.

How can we create and optimize differentiating business processes and exploit their full potential? Here, Volker provides answers, utilizing the various options that the BPMN standard offers for planning, implementing, and monitoring processes.

Content summary at a glance

  • Detailed guide for using the full functionality of BPMN 2.0 to model and execute cross-organizational processes for business differentiation
  • Describes precisely how to preserve the business BPMN model during implementation
  • Uses SAP Process Orchestration to illustrate the implementation of the architecture framework
  • Combines academic findings, sound standards and professional experiences


The English version is planned for end of August 2014, both as an eBook and hardcover edition and some impressive numbers: 316 pages and 221 images! Learn more and order here.

The German version is out for quite some time now and is a huge success already. The 11 five-star ratings on Amazon should definitely convince you to grab your copy in your preferred language!