Why your data strategy and process mining decisions should be aligned

The significance of a company’s data strategy in connection with its decisions regarding process mining should not be underestimated.

Data strategy entails the organized plan for handling and utilizing data within a company, whereas process mining involves using data to uncover, observe, and enhance business processes.

These two ideas are frequently treated as distinct entities, and often, there are barriers between the teams responsible for data and those focusing on processes in larger organizations. Yet, when these teams collaborate effectively, process mining and data strategy can combine to create a potent tool for achieving business success.

This article delves into the correlation between these two aspects and explains why it’s essential to make decisions about them jointly to maximize their advantages.

The role of data in modern business strategy 

In the past, data used to be a byproduct of business activities, and its significance extended only to the initial task or process. While certain subsequent tasks might have required the data, its value wasn’t highly emphasized.

However, in today’s landscape, data has transformed into a pivotal element of numerous new business ventures. This transformation is due to advanced data collection, reporting, analytics capabilities, and the sheer volume of data generated. It’s now customary for application data to be shared across multiple systems for various purposes.

Despite this change, many companies still struggle to achieve their objectives related to capturing, sharing, managing, and analyzing their corporate data resources.

When an organization establishes a clear and well-defined data strategy, it gains the ability to utilize process mining to harness its data for enhancing its processes.

How is process mining related to a company’s data strategy? 

Data serves as the foundation for process mining; without data, the practice of process mining would be impossible.

However, what often gets overlooked is the connection between the decision to invest in process mining and the broader data strategy.

Data is like the essential ingredient or raw material for process mining. This underlines the importance of considering that even if a company isn’t fully prepared for process mining at present, the data strategy should be flexible enough to accommodate it in the future.

Let’s illustrate this with an example.

Imagine a company where the top management and data team have decided to implement Data Warehouse X and migrate all ERP data within the next 2-3 years.

Given that the choice of data storage, like a cloud or warehouse, usually has long-term implications, a logical approach to the data strategy is to factor in which tools or providers could seamlessly integrate with that data storage solution in the future.

In modern practices, there’s no need for complicated data integration, as applications can directly operate within the warehouse resources without needing to relocate the data elsewhere.

For instance, if the company plans to explore process mining once the ERP data is successfully transferred to the new data cloud, it becomes crucial to conduct research and possibly make preliminary decisions regarding which vendor aligns well with their chosen data warehouse solution.

A Real-life Example: QPR ProcessAnalyzer and Snowflake

Snowflake Data Cloud’s distinctive architectural design provides a platform for data storage, processing, and analytics that outpaces traditional data warehouses in terms of speed, user-friendliness, and adaptability.

QPR ProcessAnalyzer can function on any data lake by utilizing its in-memory engine. However, it stands apart as the sole process mining software that operates natively within the Snowflake Data Cloud. This positioning allows it to leverage the cloud’s scalability and unified data policy.

By employing QPR ProcessAnalyzer, you tap into Snowflake’s virtually limitless scaling capacity, enabling you to swiftly uncover process inefficiencies from immense datasets with incredible ease.

“We connected to Snowflake in 5 minutes and saw results the same day. We’ve never seen anything like it.”

Get a quick overview so you can spend your time improving your processes.

You can easily define and set up processes according to your own needs using a convenient layout tool. In addition, since all types of workflow processes can be managed, you get all case management in one single system. 

Analyses, statistics and reports give you an unbeatable overview with real-time status and division of responsibility. Nothing has to fall through the cracks anymore and you always have an accurate and up-to-date base for decision-making.

CANEA Process is a tool that allows you to model and share business processes in an easy-to-use graphical web interface.

Seeing is understanding

Visualisation gives all employees an understanding of the organisation’s processes, activities, responsibilities and information flows.

Living processes

Identifying working methods while making it easy to update is the basis for continuous improvement of processes.

Create a complete picture

Linking together documents, information and tools with clickable process maps create an intuitive and comprehensive management system.

CANEA Workflow is an IT solution that automates, quality-assures and speeds up administrative workflow processes.

You can easily define and set up processes according to your own needs using a convenient layout tool. In addition, since all types of workflow processes can be managed, you get all case management in one single system. 

Analyses, statistics and reports give you an unbeatable overview with real-time status and division of responsibility. Nothing has to fall through the cracks anymore and you always have an accurate and up-to-date base for decision-making.

By creating executable processes in CANEA Workflow, you get both better control of the situation and smoother processing.

Streamlining the work

Ensure compliance and that handovers are done correctly and with the right information.

Correct decision support

You get an unbeatable overview of the processes in real time, with both clear reports and clear diagrams.

Improve processes continuously

Our process support can be constantly adapted to changing needs and requirements. In this way, we give you the best possible conditions for your daily work.

A document management system without complicated folder structures.

CANEA Document combines simple and intuitive search features with powerful features for managing documents from a life cycle perspective.

Maximum availability
Search and find information quickly based on what you need, not where it is stored.

High security
Ensure accuracy, changes and access to all information – with high traceability.

Fulfils requirements
Manage information according to standards, legislation and other requirements for document management.

CANEA Document supports everything from production, publication and modification to archiving and deletion – with full traceability and version management.

CANEA Document provides secure management of all types of documents – in one place. Tagging the information with metadata creates a virtual, multidimensional folder structure. This means that a document appears in multiple locations at the same time, with authorisation-controlled access. The right information in the right place for the right users at the right time!

You can usefully add your company’s process-oriented management system to CANEA Document. All production and distribution of documents is quality-assured and streamlined. In addition, your employees always have access to the most up-to-date version of the documents – directly via intranet, tablets and mobile phones.

Improve the performance of your project activities

CANEA Project is a comprehensive project tool with integrated support for all types of projects and parties– such as management, resource owners, clients, project managers and project participants. CANEA Project gives you an excellent overview of your entire project portfolio, including profitability and status, making it easier to prioritize and make decisions.

CANEA Project shares all important project information with both internal and external members.

Let your project manager focus on management rather than administration and distribution of the information.

Gather all project information in one place and make it available to both internal and external members.

Helps you with prioritization of projects, resource management and analysis of portfolios and programs.

Make reality of the strategy

CANEA Strategy makes it possible for organisations of all sizes to create a unique common thread from the strategic work to the daily operations. We do not just provide performance management tools but rather a completely new generation of IT support for strategy activation. The system guarantees and provides support throughout the chain from strategy to execution. You get no results without action. CANEA Strategy makes it possible in practise! 

CANEA Strategy ensures and provides support throughout the entire journey from strategy to execution.

Create a shared understanding of the strategy, the goal to achieve and how.

Gives management an unbeatable overview of what’s happening, how it’s progressing, and why.

Creates a clear common thread from the strategy to project, initiatives and actions.