Business process modeler (BPM) in Lifecycle Services (LCS)


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This article provides information about Business process modeler in Microsoft Dynamics Lifecycle Services (LCS). You can use this tool to create, view, and modify business process libraries and flowcharts for Microsoft Dynamics AX. The article also lists the prerequisites and explains how to start using Business process modeler.

In Microsoft Dynamics Lifecycle Services, you can use Business process modeler to create, view, and modify business-process libraries and flowcharts for Microsoft Dynamics AX. Business process modeler helps you align your Microsoft Dynamics AX processes with industry-standard processes as described by American Productivity & Quality Center (APQC). You can perform fit-gap analysis between the business needs and the default processes in Microsoft Dynamics AX. You can also add new business processes and create flowcharts for processes that are not already defined in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012. You can use Business process modeler artifacts with the following applications:

  • Microsoft Visual Studio Team Foundation Server (TFS) – You can generate a consolidated list of gaps and import them manually into TFS as work items that include a reference to the process flow.
  • Microsoft Word – You can generate documentation for business processes.
  • Microsoft Visio – You can export business process maps to Visio files.


To use the Business process modeler, the following products are required:

  • The Task recorder that is included in AX 2012 R3 and cumulative update 7 for Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2 supports generating custom processes in Business process modeler. For earlier releases, an updated Task recorder is available as a hotfix. The hotfix includes a client update and a model file. You must install the client update on all Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 clients. There are two hotfixes available:
    • Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R2 – Knowledgebase article 2863182
    • Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 and Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 Feature Pack – Knowledgebase article 2863182
  • Microsoft Office 2010 or later versions supports generating documents.
  • Windows Media Player supports playing business process videos.

Getting started

To access Business process modeler, follow these steps:

  1. Go to Lifecycle Services.

  2. Sign in, open a project, and then click the Business process modeler tile. The Business process libraries displays three sections:

    • My libraries contains business processes that the user has created or added.
    • Corporate libraries contains custom-created business processes that have been uploaded by someone in your organization.
    • Global libraries contains cross-industry standard business processes.
  3. To copy a standard business process library from the Global libraries section to the My libraries section, right-click the tile in the Global libraries section, and then on the app bar, click Copy.

  4. After the business process library has been added to the My libraries section, click the tile to view the business process library.

Additional resources

Business process libraries in Business process modeler

Flowcharts in Business process modeler