Event-driven Process Chain Diagrams

Event-driven Process Chain (EPC) Diagram is a type of flowchart widely used for modeling in business engineering and reengineering, business process improvement, and analysis. EPC method was developed within the Architecture of Integrated Information Systems (ARIS) framework.

EPC diagrams help in enterprise resource planning, in visualization of business process work flows using such building blocks as functions, events, and connectors (AND, OR, XOR), and also in modeling the SAP R/3 system and redesigning business processes.

Event-driven Process Chain Diagram is an effective tool of construction the chain of events and functions to illustrate in detail the structure of a business process control flow. It also accurately describes people and tasks for execution of business processes, helps identify inefficient businesses processes in the enterprise and identify the corresponding measures required to make them efficient.

The Event-Driven Process Chain Diagrams solution for ConceptDraw PRO software assists in the planning of resources and improves business processes using EPC flowcharts. It extends ConceptDraw PRO functionality with numerous collections of EPC templates, samples of modeling a business processes, and a vector shape library for drawing EPC diagrams.


There is 1 library containing 22 vector shapes in the Event-driven Process Chain Diagrams solution.

Design Elements — Event-driven Process Chain Diagrams (EPC)

Event-driven Process Chain Diagrams (EPC) Shapes

Examples

The samples you see on this page were created in ConceptDraw PRO using the "Event-driven Process Chain Diagrams" solution, and demonstrate some of the solution's capabilities as well as some of the results that can be achieved.

All source documents are vector graphic documents. They are available for reviewing, modifying or converting to a variety of formats (PDF file, MS PowerPoint, MS Visio XML, and many other graphic formats) in the ConceptDraw Solution Park. The Event-driven Process Chain Diagrams EPC Solution is available for all ConceptDraw PRO users.

Template 1: Event-driven Process Chain (EPC) Diagram

This template of EPC Diagram is contained in the Event-driven Process Chain (EPC) Diagrams solution located in the ConceptDraw Solution Park. It helps you draw EPC diagrams using ConceptDraw PRO quickly and easily.

This Event-driven Process Chain template explains the meanings of the EPC design elements.

Event-driven Process Chain (EPC) Diagram Template

Example 1: EPC diagram — Login and Registration Processing

This diagram was created in ConceptDraw PRO using the EPC Diagrams library from the Event-driven Process Chain Diagrams solution. An experienced user spent 20 minutes creating this sample.

Using ConceptDraw PRO connectors to create EPC diagram is an intuitive and time-saving solution. This example shows an EPC diagram that clearly illustrates a login and registration processing procedure step by step and shows how all events can impact the process flow.

EPC diagram — Login and Registration Processing

Example 2: EPC Diagram — Order Processing

This diagram was created in ConceptDraw PRO using the EPC Diagrams library from the Event-driven Process Chain Diagrams solution. An experienced user spent 10 minutes creating this sample.

This example shows an EPC diagram that clearly illustrates an order processing procedure step by step. It can be used as visual material for employee training or as a source for any automation initiative.

EPC Diagram — Order Processing

Example 3: EPC Diagram — Image Processing

This diagram was created in ConceptDraw PRO using the EPC Diagrams library from the Event-driven Process Chain Diagrams solution. An experienced user spent 15 minutes creating this sample.

This EPC diagram depicts the business process as a sequence of alternating events and functions, using the logical relationships AND, OR, XOR. The legend clearly describes all used elements and designations.

EPC Diagram — Image Processing

Example 4: EPC Diagram — Main Process

This diagram was created in ConceptDraw PRO using the EPC Diagrams library from the Event-driven Process Chain Diagrams solution. An experienced user spent 10 minutes creating this sample.

The key points on this Event-driven Process Chain diagram are XOR operations - when the function has completed, one of two chains of events will happen. You can experiment with colors of objects, background, and fonts to find the best and most attractive version.

EPC Diagram — Main Process

Example 5: EPC Diagram — Wikipedia Editing Process

This diagram was created in ConceptDraw PRO using the EPC Diagrams library from the Event-driven Process Chain Diagrams solution. An experienced user spent 10 minutes creating this sample.

This EPC Diagram illustrates in details and helps to understand better the process of editing articles on Wikipedia, which may seem rather complicated at a first glance.

EPC Diagram — Wikipedia Editing Process

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What I Need to Get Started

Install ConceptDraw PRO , then go to Business Processes area of ConceptDraw Solution Park and purchase the “Event-driven Process Chain Diagrams” solution from our online store. You may use “Event-driven Process Chain Diagrams” solution now.

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How to install

Download and install ConceptDraw STORE and ConceptDraw PRO Next, install the “Event-Driven Process Chain Diagrams” solution using ConceptDraw STORE.

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Event-Driven Process Chain Diagram

An event-driven process chain diagram is a flowchart used in business process analysis. It evolved from Architecture of Integrated Information Systems (ARIS) and utilised in the business process improvement and analysis. It is also used to facilitate enterprise resource planning.

An EPC diagram is a complex flowchart that shows different business processes through various workflows. The workflows are seen as functions and events that are connected by different teams or people, as well as tasks that allow business processes to be executed.

The best thing about this type of enterprise modelling is that creating an EPC diagram is quick and simple as long as you have the proper tool.

There are several ways in which organisations use EPC diagrams. One of the main usages of the tool is in the modelling, analysing and reengineering of business processes. With the use of the flowchart, businesses are able to see inefficiencies in the processes and modify to make them more productive.

Event-driven process chain diagrams are also used to configure an enterprise resource planning system. For instance, EPC diagrams were used by SAP to document the processes utilised by their SAP R/3 software.

EPC method was developed within the ARIS framework. It is a dynamic model that utilises all the static resources of the business and organises them to show the activities and tasks that bring value to the business.

An EPC diagram is a multifaceted method of analysing business processes. It makes sure that all the elements are indicated and business owners or managers are able to pinpoint duplication or inefficiencies of tasks and inputs. Just like any ARIS business process modelling method, EPC diagram is an indispensable tool to help businesses analyse and improve their processes.

Event-Driven Process Chain Diagram

Figure 1. EPC diagram — Login and registration processing Sample

Different shapes represent the elements of the flowchart. That’s why it is an effective visual diagram for business process modelling that displays detailed information in a straightforward manner. One look and you can easily find out what there is to know about the business process.

Events — These are found at the beginning and end of the EPC diagram. Events are often passive and they don’t require any actions. They are represented by hexagons.

Functions — Functions are the tasks and duties that the company does. Only the more active tasks are included in the EPC diagram. They describe the activities of the company, which is often depicted by rectangles with rounded corners.

Resources, Information and Materials – These are represented by rectangles of different colours. They are real objects and items that feed towards the functions.

Control Flows — Control flows are the dashed arrows in an EPC diagram that shows how the elements are interdependent with each other.

Logical Connector — This element shows the logical relationship between the functions and events. They show the various forks or branches in the control flow of the business process.

Organisation Units — These are seen as ellipses with a vertical line. They represent individuals or teams that are responsible for a specific function.

There are other symbols used in an EPC diagram that represents the process path, information flows, and other stuff to provide an in-depth business process analysis. Look at the illustration below to learn more about the other design elements of an EPC diagram.

Event-Driven Process Chain Diagram

Figure 2. EPC diagram — Order processing Sample

ConceptDraw PRO is a diagramming software that allows users to create event-process chain diagrams. Before one can draw EPC diagrams with the software, the user must first download Event-process Chain Diagrams solution from the Business Processes area of the ConceptDraw Solution Park. It includes EPC diagram samples; vector stencils libraries, and templates.

With the use of the Event-process Chain Diagrams solution, organisations can effortlessly plan their resources and improve business processes through flowcharts. The ConceptDraw Solution Park also provides various learning media for beginner and advanced users. The easy-to-follow tutorials allow users to create EPC diagrams in no time.

ConceptDraw PRO with the Event-Driven Process Chain Diagrams solution is an indispensible tool for companies that want to use EPC diagrams in organising and improving their business processes.