Process Mining with ProM

I am participating this exciting on-line course developing our understanding and skill in process mining. Using platform ProM, I tried conforming the resulting process model with the artificial event logs of loan business process. It is so great that I can  throw my preliminary prediction about the potential we could get from mining processes to benefit the work of system evaluators. I know it’s probably too early to state, but I guess it does not do any harm just to share the glimpse of thought  :

Provided that stored event data are reliably captured (you do not want be hassled by GIGO nightmare anyway), image of cases can help assurance professionals to ascertain whether controls exist to address risks associated with certain processes. Business process with most traces after doing the mining can be compared against the result from stepping through the actual process as part of walkthrough procedure. System whose process flows increasingly confirm the top ranked traces by process mining side, could be an evidence that the reviewed system properly incorporates certain amount of controls over IS infrastructure and application. Vice versa, pattern from process mining can also certify whether the as-is business processes show compliance to the organization process flow standard. Hope that Indonesia assurance community raises the awareness of important insight the business process can play to feed pattern recognition capabilities of mining tools which in turn making them able to keep up with the breakneck speed of data growth.

Visualizing Traces or Different type of process sequences of a loan process (artificial)

Visualizing Traces or Different type of process sequences of a loan process (artificial)


The resulting BPMN from the loan event logs


Checking out if the BPMN comforms with the traces exctracted from the logs


I recommend readers to also join this on-line course here, facilitated by Associate Professor Joos Buijs of  Eindhoven University of Technology.


Proud to be an Accountant

Thanks to Salomo for the great share..hope you don’t mind if I reshare it again.

HR and Accountant

3 Real Life Stories…
The First …
Eleven people were dangling below a helicopter on a rope. There were ten HR people and one Accountant.
Since the rope was not strong enough to hold all the eleven, they decided that one of them had to let go to save all the others.
They could not decide who should be the volunteer. Finally the Accountant said he would let go of the rope since Accountants are used to do everything for the company. They forsake their family, don’t claim all of their expenses and do a lot of overtime without getting anything in return.
When he finished his moving speech all the HR people began to clap… so they fell!!!
Never underestimate the powers of the Accountants.

The Second …
A group of Accountants and a group of HR people take a train to a conference. Each HR person holds a ticket. But the entire group of Accountants has bought only one ticket for a single passenger. The HR people are just shaking their heads and are secretly pleased that the arrogant Accountants will finally get what they deserve.
Suddenly one of the Accountants calls out: “The conductor is coming!”. At once, all the Accountants jump up and squeeze into one of the toilets. The conductor checks the tickets of the HR people. When he notices that the toilet is occupied he knocks on the door and says: “Ticket, please!” One of the Accountants slides the single ticket under the doors and the conductor continues merrily on his round.
For the return trip the HR people decide to use the same trick. They buy only one ticket for the entire group but they are baffled as they realize that the Accountants didn’t buy any tickets at all. After a while one of the Accountants announces again: “The conductor is coming!” Immediately all the HR people race to a toilet and lock themselves in.
All the Accountants leisurely walk to the other toilet. Before the last Accountant enters the toilet, he knocks on the toilet occupied by the HR people and says: “Ticket, please!”, takes the ticket and show it to the conductor!!!!
And the moral of the story? HR people like to use the methods of the Accountants, but they don’t really understand them.

The Third …
Once upon a time three HR people were walking through the woods and suddenly they were standing in front of a huge, wild river. But they desperately had to get to the other side. But how, with such a raging torrent? The first HR guy knelt down and prayed to the Lord: “Lord, please give me the strength to cross this river! ”

The Lord gave him long arms and strong legs. Now he could swim across the river. It took him about two hours and he almost drowned several times.

BUT… he was successful!
The second HR guy, who observed this, prayed to the Lord and said: “Lord, please give me the strength AND the necessary tools to cross this river!”

The Lord gave him a tub and he managed to cross the river despite the fact that the tub almost capsized a couple of times.

BUT… he was successful!
The third HR man who observed all this kneeled down and prayed: “Lord, please give me the strength, the means and the intelligence to cross this river!”

The Lord converted the HR man into an Accountant. He took a quick glance on the map, walked a few meters upstream and crossed the bridge.
Moral? You have to be an Accountant to think intelligent, Otherwise…
Send this to your Accountant friends so that they have something to smile about;
and to the HR people if you think they can stomach the truth!