In business process modeling, BPMN Artifacts can be used to include additional information about a process. There are two types of BPMN Artifacts: Group and Text Annotation. You can use them to organize tasks and sub-processes or to add comments/notes in describing process elements.
The BPMN modeler of Visual Paradigm allows you to draw your own BPMN diagram by using different kinds of BPMN notations, including Artifacts. In this article, we will explain the different kinds of BPMN 2.0 Artifacts you can use in modeling business processes with BPMN.
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BPMN Group is a visual container to use in creating informal, arbitrary grouping for elements in a business process diagram. You can create a Group to contain elements that belong together based on some common characteristic.
The figure below shows an example use of BPMN Group. Note that a Group can stretch across multiple pools in surrounding process elements. Usually, you need this when you want to represent that a group of BPMN Activities exist within a distributed business-to-business transaction.
BPMN Text Annotation
A BPMN Text Annotation is simply a note – a note to process element or to the business process itself. You can use Text Annotation to include addition information to flow objects. Because Text Annotation is presented directly on the diagram, readers can easily see the information without the need to drill-down into the specification of elements.
The example below shows the use of BPMN Text Annotation. It tells the readers that the format of survey report is specified in a file REF-49043B.