Process Mining — Identifying events name

Identifying the event from ERP traces

Process Mining, as is well known by the practitioners of this discipline, is mainly based on Data Mining techniques. This means that the process analyst (or the “miner” if we prefer this suggestive metaphor), should process a usually huge and raw amount of data, understanding how each detail of the process is represented in terms of data.

What activity was performed?

Each change document can include several updates of field values. Some examples may be the following, in the case of a Purchase Order approval process:

  1. the WBS element to which the cost is posted is changed;
  2. the account code used for posting was changed from “400111002” to “402023001”
  3. the delivery date is changed from March 11th to June 30;
  4. the unit price was changed from 11.2 $ to 11.92 $.
  1. we can try to bundle together some of the activities listed above in one single activity
  • Activity 2 and 3 may have the same name: “Accounting edit”.
  • Activity 4 may be named according to a more general classification (“Purchasing terms change”), or to a more detailed classification (“Delivery date change”). Furthermore, the activity name may also describe the kind of change performed: “Delivery date change.delay” or “Delivery date delay”.
  • The same can be said for Activity 5: it could be a “Unit price change.increase” or “Unit price change.increase.up-to-15pct”

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Massimo Coletti

IT expert in the field of ERP systems, solutions architecture, organization and process analysis, since 1979