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Process Mining: A quick overview of web resources on the subject

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Process mining is a hot research subject considering the large number of publications (see for instance Google Scholar and the full publication list of Wil van der Aalst).

Besides official publications there are of course less ‘official’ and less scientific writings about the subject. I was curious what I would find so I started a search on the world wide web…

The number 1 result is of course www.processmining.org, home of the well-known tools ProM and ProM Import developed at the TU/e. This website also explains the basics of process mining. A better introduction to the subject for ‘newbies’ might be the Wikipedia article on Process Mining.

Personally, I would put the LinkedIn group on Process Mining third. This group contains discussions on the subject and links to interesting (blog) posts are added. Another community around process mining is formed by the ProM-user and ProM-developer mailing lists. The ProM forum is not much used but has my personal preference above the (‘old fashioned’) mailing lists.

For those already more in to process mining the ‘IEEE task force on process mining’-wiki could be of interest. Extra tip: add the wiki changes RSS feed to your RSS reader 😉

Business people excited about the possibilities of process mining should visit the following websites of companies that support process mining (in no particular order or claim of completeness):

  • Futura Process Intelligence The first company specifically aimed at process mining, based in Eindhoven. Especially the ’14 day challenge’ should appeal.
  • Fluxicon Possibly the second company specifically aimed at process mining 😉 Also based in Eindhoven (must have a reason…). This ‘new kid on the block’ is one to keep your eye on, curious to see where they are say 2 years from now.
  • Surprisingly, the next company is also based in Eindhoven. MagnaView visualizes data and now also supports several process mining visualizations.
  • Process mining as a business has crossed the waters to Norway. Businesscape provides the ‘Enterprise Visualization Suite’ incorporating several process mining techniques.
  • Process mining is also incorporated in tools such as ARIS from IDS Scheer, BPM|One from Pallas Athena and Fujitsu’s ESI (although they call it Automated Process Discovery but its the same… (they disagree! but that’s not true…))
  • And of course I forgot many other great companies… (let me know in the comments!)

Next, blog posts. There are many of them ‘out there’, some of them even talk about process mining. A (very) small selection is provided below, no selection is made on quality or actuality.

Recently, I discovered that research on the subject of process mining is also spreading to Italy and its already spread to Germany, America and Australia.

Well, I hoped I provided at least a few pointers for further reading.

Joos

Edit 28-01-’10: corrected some small typing mistakes
Edit 30-07-’10: Entered the correct link to the IEEE TFPM *oops*

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January 22, 2010 at 17:58

Funny Process Model week 1: Thinking proces…

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The usual “I post this because its funny but I don’t necessarily agree”-disclaimer is also applicable here. (but it was my girlfriend who showed me this so I don’t need to worry, I think)

Woman brain inner workings flowchart

Man brain inner workings flowchart

From http://www.maxim.com/humor/stupid-fun/83602/how-men-women-argue.html

Enjoy the weekend with your girl- or boyfriend and if you can not prevent an argument, remember this flowchart 😉

Joos

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January 8, 2010 at 17:00

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Taking more time to do a better job

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(First of all, happy 2010 to all of you!)

The week before Christmas I had a meeting with my supervisor Wil van der Aalst and my tutor Eric Verbeek where Wil made a tempting suggestion: if you take more time you can visualize the mapping. His argument was that the project as is would certainly be a good master project. However, if I could visualize the mapping between the data source and the event log, the project as a whole would be more coherent and, well, better. It’s the classic ‘time-cost-quality’-triangle decision: by taking more time we can improve the quality.

Of course, this means that I will spend an extra month on my master project, paying tuition for an extra month and start to earn money a month later. But one of my goals of this master project is to show what I’m capable of, to make it a good conclusion of my education career. Therefore I have chosen to extend my project with (what turned out to be) more than a month. So, my final presentation is no longer scheduled at February 8 but will be held somewhere around the end of March. This also means that I have (much) more time to write my thesis. I’m still scheduling the whole of January for thesis writing but the pressure is off. In February I’m planning to implement the visualization and polish the application and thesis.

Well, that was it for now, hope to see you again soon 🙂

Cheers,

Joos

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January 4, 2010 at 17:30