Monday, 16 February 2009
Bruce Silver points out that business process tools do not do simulation well or usefully and lists some features that should be present in the BPM toolset to facilitate simulation.
This would be great but a simpler approach is to use the much more mature pure simulation tools (like Simul8 ). In that scenario, you can design your process using your favourite BPM modelling tool; transfer the model to the simulation tool adding the simulation properties and data; devise the optimal process under simulation and transfer the new model back to your process design tool.
The overall approach is summarised by this diagram from Simul8 but any product that exposes its data structure could be used in the same way.
Having a standard BPMN schema would help the simulation product people assist.