Free Process Mapping Tools
By Felicia Blue
You don’t have to spend a large amount of money to purchase process mapping software. Instead, you can look on the Internet and find free process mapping tools. You can create, edit and review your maps. In addition, some free process mapping tools enable you to collaborate with your peers.
Gliffy enables you to create professional-looking flowcharts and process maps. Gliffy is a free and web-based process mapping tool that enables you to create flow charts, such as mind maps, organizational charts and data flow diagrams. You drag and drop shapes and connect them with lines. After you have finished creating the process map, you can share it with your colleagues. Gliffy requires that your colleagues use either Windows or Mac OS X operating system and a web browser. Gliffy allows you to share your process maps.
Businesses can use this easy-to-use tool to draw process maps or flowcharts. To use this software, just download the application and install it on your system. You just click on the tool and start creating the maps. Process Developer uses Microsoft Excel’s collection of shapes. This application enables you to map out all of your processes, from designing to manufacturing. You can also use this tool for internal communications, procedural implementation and information flows. Process Developer is designed to help businesses that need to comply with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9000:2000 processes and procedures. According to ISO, ISO is “the world’s largest developer and publisher of International Standards.”
Business Process Modeling Notation (BPMN) Modeler enhances process mapping capabilities of Microsoft Visio. BPMN Modeler is an add-on application to Microsoft Visio. This free tool enables you to perform tasks such as creating, reviewing, editing and publishing business processes. BPMN Modeler uses Microsoft Visio’s diagramming functionality as the foundation. This tool enables you to manage activities as objects instead of text. As a result, you can add information that pertains to an activity. According to BPMN Modeler, it “provides the ability to drill-down within multiple levels of a business process hierarchy, and automatically generate multiple outputs to visualize how processes interact.” BPMN Modeler supports Windows XP and works with Microsoft Visio 2003 and 2007.
Based in Atlanta, Felicia Blue has been writing articles since 1992. Her articles have been featured in the Cleveland Plain Dealer newspaper, “Crain’s Cleveland Business” magazine and “Destiny” magazine. She has also written for IBM, Sun Microsystems and HP. Blue holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from University of California, Los Angeles.