Workpuls Teramind ActivTrak Hubstaff DeskTime Time Doctor RescueTime Kickidler Veriato Work Examiner
OVERVIEW
Price $6/user/month $6/user/month $7.20/user/month $7/user/month $7/user/month $9.99/user/month $6/user/month $9.99/user/month $150/licence/year $60/licence (lifetime)
Free trial 7 days 7 days No 14 days 14 days 14 days 30 days 7 days Yes 30 days
Ease of use Very easy Difficult Very easy Easy Easy Very easy Very easy Very easy Very difficult Easy
TRACKING METHODS
Unlimited (tracker working 24/7)
Fixed (defined working hours)
Automatic (when computer is connected to a specified network)
Manual (start/stop)
Project based (track time only on projects)
GENERAL MONITORING FEATURES
Stealth mode
App and website usage
Real-time monitoring
Offline time tracking
Attendance
Activity levels
Keylogger
Geolocation
Remote desktop control
Website/activity blocking
SCREENSHOTS AND RECORDING
Screenshots
Screenshots on demand
Screen recording
PRODUCTIVITY FEATURES
Productivity trends
Websites and apps labeling
Category labeling
Productivity alerts
ADVANCED SECURITY FEATURES
User behavior analytics
Data loss prevention
Advanced file and web monitoring
REPORTING
Productivity reports
Team reports
Timelines
Email reports
Access management
PLATFORMS
Web
Mac desktop app
Windows desktop app
Linux desktop app
Mobile app iOS, Android iOS, Android iOS, Android iOS, Android iOS, Android Android
Browser extension Chrome Chrome Chrome
Other Citrix, VMware Chrome OS
OTHER
Support Phone, email, online Phone, email, online Phone, email, online Email, online Phone, email, online, in-person Online Phone, email, online Email, online, Viber, Whatsapp Phone, email, online, support ticket Phone, email, online
Knowledge base
Video tutorials
Integrations comming soon
API
Deployment cloud, on-premise cloud, on-premise, AWS, Azure cloud cloud cloud cloud cloud on-premise cloud, on-premise on-premise
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OVERVIEW
Price(per month)Available upon requestFrom $2 per userAvailable upon requestFrom $6.40 per user+$16Free for up to 75 usersFrom $2.50 per userBasic plan:$30 for 5 users+$5 per additional userFrom $1.50 per employeeFrom $4 per user+$8From $2.20 per user$5.99 per user per month
Free trial30 days14 daysYes14 days14 days14 days30 days30 days,no credit card required
Ease of useDifficultEasyDifficultVery easyEasyEasyDifficultVery easyEasyEasyEasy
FEATURES
Timecard management
Scheduling
Shift Trading
Timesheets
Break time management
Real-time tracking
PTO Management
Payroll
Invoicing
Client billing
GPS tracking
Clock out reminders
Alerts
Manual time
PUNCH-IN METHODS
Web app
Mobile app
Time clock device
Time clock kiosk
Facial recognition
Fingerprint scanning
Geofencing
Group punch-in
REPORTING
Visual reports
Email reports
Time rounding
MANAGEMENT
Permissions
Manager approvals
Add time for others
Integrations
PLATFORMS
Web
Android app
iOS app
Mac desktop app
Windows desktop app
Linux desktop app
OTHER
SupportPhone and onlinePhone and onlinePhone,chat and onlinePhone and chatEmail and onlineChat and phonePhone,email,chat and onlinePhone and onlinePhone,email,chat and onlinePhone and onlineOnline chat and video support in English,French,and Spanish
Knowledge base
Video tutorials
Community forum
API
Workpuls Hubstaff Toggl TimeDoctor Harvest TimeCamp Timely Everhour Tick TMetric
OVERVIEW
Price (per month) $6 per user $5.83 per user $9 per user $9.99 per user $10.80 per user $5.25 per user $99 for 5 users $7 per user $19 for 10 projects $5 per user
Free trial 7 days 14 days 30 days 14 days 30 days Yes 14 days 14 days 30 days 30 days
Ease of use Very easy Difficult Difficult Very easy Easy Very easy Easy Difficult Very easy Difficult
TIME TRACKING METHODS
Manual
Start/stop buttons
Automatic time mapping
IN-DEPTH TASK AND PROJECT ANALYSIS
Screenshots
App and website usage
Activity levels coming soon
Real-time tracking
TASK AND PROJECT MANAGEMENT
Project adding
Project templates
Project status
Task assignment
Task priorities
Budgeting coming soon
Mark billable/non-billable hours
Payroll calculation
Invoicing
ALERTS
Idle time reminders
Deadline alerts coming soon
Budget alerts coming soon
REPORTING
Client login
Productivity analysis
Email reports coming soon
PLATFORMS
Web
Mac desktop app
Windows desktop app
Linux desktop app coming soon
iOS app Beta
Android app
Browser extension Chrome Chrome, Firefox Chrome Chrome Chrome, Firefox Chrome Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Edge
OTHER
Support Phone and online Email and online Email and online Online Online, email and phone Email, online and support ticket Email and chat Email and chat Email Chat
Knowledge base
Video tutorials
Integrations coming soon
API
On-premise hosting

Key Takeaways:

‍

  • Process mining offers a data-driven solution to streamline operations and maximize efficiency by analyzing how business processes operate within an organization.

‍

  • Specialized process mining tools like Celonis and UiPath Process Mining provide advanced functionalities for process discovery, conformance checking, and bottleneck analysis, making them ideal for businesses with complex processes.

‍

  • General data analysis and visualization tools complement process mining by offering broader functionalities useful for preliminary data exploration but may lack advanced algorithms tailored for in-depth process analysis.

‍

  • Integrated platforms like SAP Process Mining combine process mining capabilities with other enterprise software functionalities, providing a comprehensive solution for businesses looking to streamline processes and improve operational efficiency.

‍

Read time: 10 minutes

‍

Do you feel like something is disrupting your workflow but can’t quite put your finger on it? If standard workplace monitoring measures have led to dead ends, it’s time to take a closer look at your business processes.  

‍

Process mining offers a more elaborate and data-driven solution. In this article, we'll explore process mining tools and optimization techniques to help you streamline operations and maximize efficiency. Let's dive in and revolutionize your business.

‍

What is process mining?

‍

Process mining is a data-driven approach to analyzing how business processes operate within an organization. It’s used to extract and analyze data from digital sources to identify and rectify any inefficiencies in the workflow.

The comprehensive nature of this process requires more than a simple productivity monitoring tool and basic data analysis. In fact, it often demands the use of specialized technologies.

‍

What type of tools do I need?

‍

Process mining tools can be broadly categorized into specialized tools and general data analysis and visualization tools

‍

Specialized process mining tools include software like Celonis, UiPath Process Mining, Disco, and Signavio Process Intelligence. These tools were made to handle the complexities of process mining tasks.

‍

General data analysis & visualization tools, like Microsoft Power BI, Tableau, KNIME, and RapidMiner, have broader functionalities but can still complement process mining.

‍

What are the key differences between these tools? 

‍

Specialized Process Mining Tools

‍

Specialized process mining tools are designed to carry out process analysis within organizations

‍

Some of the key functionalities include:

‍

  • Process Discovery: Automatically generating process models from event logs.

‍

  • Conformance Checking: Comparing discovered process models with ideal/reference models to identify deviations. 

‍

  • Process Enhancement: Suggesting and simulating improvements based on process analysis. 

‍

  • Bottleneck Analysis: Identifying and visualizing delays and inefficiencies within the process. 

‍

For most businesses, investing in specialized process mining software is often the most effective approach. This is especially true for companies with complex processes and a significant need for in-depth analysis and continuous improvement.

‍

General Data Analysis & Visualization Tools

‍

General data analysis and visualization tools can also play a part in the process mining process. These include software like:

‍

  • Microsoft Power BI
  • Tableau
  • KNIME
  • RapidMiner

‍

The tools offer broader functionalities, like data analysis, visualization, and predictive modeling, all of which are useful for certain aspects of process mining, especially preliminary data exploration. 

‍

However, data analysis and visualization tools lack the advanced algorithms and functionalities designed for process mining. This makes them less effective for in-depth process analysis and optimization.

‍

Integrated Platforms


Integrated platforms like SAP Process Mining and Pega Process Fabric combine process mining capabilities with other enterprise software functionalities. This provides a comprehensive solution for businesses looking to streamline their processes and improve operational efficiency.

‍

How do I know what tool is right for my business?

‍

How do you know whether to use a specialized process mining tool or more general software for your business? Consider the following key factors:

‍

  • Complexity of Processes: Evaluate the complexity of your business processes. More intricate processes may require the advanced capabilities of specialized process mining tools.

‍

  • Specific Needs: Determine the specific objectives of process mining. Depending on whether the focus is on process discovery, conformance checking, or process enhancement, different tools may be more suitable.

‍

  • Integration Requirements: Assess the need for integration with existing systems such as ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) or CRM (Customer Relationship Management). 

‍

  • Budget & Resources: Consider the financial implications and resource availability. Specialized process mining tools may come with higher costs, both in terms of licensing fees and the expertise required to operate them effectively. 

‍

Process mining tools can autonomously create process models that comply with ideal standards. However, for optimal results, businesses should combine them with process optimization tools.

‍

What are process optimization tools?

‍

Process optimization tools include different methodologies and software solutions designed to improve efficiency, reduce costs, and enhance overall performance. These tools can analyze existing workflows, identify inefficiencies, and suggest improvements.

‍

When combined with process mining, optimization tools can elevate operational efficiency.

‍

Process Improvement & Automation Tools

‍

Businesses often combine different tools to optimize processes and automate workflows. 

‍

  • Business Process Management (BPM) tools like Appian, Pega, and Bizagi, along with automation platforms such as Zapier, Microsoft Power Automate, and UiPath, refine processes and integrate insights from process mining.

‍

  • Lean Six Sigma methods facilitate structured waste reduction and quality improvement efforts. The data gathered from process mining enhances the application of these principles, allowing for targeted improvement efforts.

‍

  • Quality Management System (QMS) tools like Qualio and MasterControl use process mining insights to ensure regulatory compliance and enhance efficiency in regulated industries.

‍

What it looks like in action:

‍

Imagine a manufacturing company facing delays in its supply chain process. Initially, the company used process mining tools like Celonis to analyze event logs from their ERP system. This analysis reveals bottlenecks in procurement and inventory management, where deviations from the ideal process models are causing significant delays.

‍

With these insights, the company employs BPM tools such as Bizagi to redesign the affected workflows, streamlining the procurement process and ensuring more efficient inventory management. The redesign is based on Lean Six Sigma principles, focusing on eliminating waste and reducing variability in the process.

‍

To automate the newly optimized workflows, the company integrates Microsoft Power Automate for tasks like sending purchase orders when inventory levels drop below a certain threshold. This automation reduces manual intervention and accelerates the procurement cycle.

‍

Furthermore, to maintain high quality and compliance within these optimized processes, the company deploys a Quality Management System (QMS) tool like MasterControl. This tool uses the data insights from the initial process mining to set up controls and checkpoints that ensure every step of the procurement and inventory management processes meets industry standards and regulations, maintaining quality while improving efficiency.

‍

Data Analysis & Visualization Tools

‍

Platforms for data analytics such as Tableau, Power BI, and Google Analytics extend the analysis of data revealed by process mining. Offering advanced visualization capabilities, these tools delve deeper into process performance, unveiling trends and patterns that might not be immediately evident solely through process mining.

‍

What it looks like in action:

‍

Consider a retail company that uses process mining to identify slow-moving points in its customer service process. The initial analysis points to prolonged waiting times and inefficient query handling as key issues. To delve deeper into these findings, the company employs Power BI for further analysis and visualization.

‍

Using Power BI, the company creates dashboards that illustrate customer wait times, service request types, and resolution rates across different times and locations. This visualization uncovers that certain product queries take longer to resolve due to a lack of specialized knowledge among front-line staff. It also highlights that wait times peak during specific hours, suggesting a mismatch between staff availability and customer demand.

‍

Armed with these insights, the company can then make targeted improvements, such as providing specialized training to staff on frequently queried products and adjusting staff schedules to better match peak query times, enhancing the overall customer service process.

‍

Project & Task Management Tools

‍

Managing the projects and initiatives resulting from process mining insights can be done with tools like Asana, Trello, and Jira. They guarantee that process improvement projects follow the schedule, budget, and objectives identified through process mining.

‍

What it looks like in action:

‍

Imagine a software development company that, through process mining, discovers inefficiencies in its coding and quality assurance (QA) phases, leading to project delays. To address this, the company uses Jira to organize and streamline the improvement initiatives.

‍

Jira allows the team to create specific tasks for each identified inefficiency, such as optimizing code review practices and enhancing QA testing protocols. Each task is assigned to the relevant team members, with deadlines and priorities based on the urgency and impact of the issues identified during the process mining phase.

‍

By using Jira, the company can monitor progress on these tasks, ensuring that each improvement initiative is progressing as planned and that the changes lead to measurable enhancements in the software development lifecycle, ultimately reducing time-to-market for new software releases.

‍

Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Systems 

‍

Using the customer journey and insights obtained from process mining, CRM platforms such as Salesforce, HubSpot, and Zoho CRM can optimize customer interactions and service delivery. This, in turn, boosts customer satisfaction and loyalty.

‍

What it looks like in action:

‍

Consider a telecommunications company that, through process mining, identifies recurring issues in its customer onboarding and support processes, such as unnecessary steps that prolong the onboarding process and common bottlenecks in resolving customer complaints. To tackle these issues, the company leverages Salesforce, a CRM platform, to refine and personalize customer interactions based on the insights gained.

‍

Salesforce is configured to streamline the onboarding process, removing redundant steps and ensuring new customers are quickly and efficiently set up with their services. Additionally, the platform is used to better track and manage customer complaints, with automated workflows directing issues to the most appropriate support teams based on the nature of the problem.

‍

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Systems

‍

To optimize cross-departmental processes, ERP systems like SAP, Oracle, and Microsoft Dynamics can incorporate insights from process mining. This comprehensive perspective guarantees that enhancements are synchronized throughout the organization, maximizing operational efficiency and resource utilization.

‍

What it looks like in action:

‍

A manufacturing enterprise identifies through process mining that its procurement and inventory management processes need to be aligned, causing production delays. Utilizing an ERP system like SAP, the company integrates the insights to harmonize procurement schedules with inventory levels, ensuring materials are ordered and restocked in sync with production needs. 

‍

This unified approach streamlines operations and boosts efficiency and resource management across departments, minimizing waste and reducing lead times.

‍

Document Management Systems (DMS)

‍

Based on insights from process mining, DMS platforms such as M-Files and DocuWare can enhance document flow, accessibility, and compliance within business processes. This results in a notable reduction of bottlenecks associated with document handling.

‍

What it looks like in action: 

‍

A company notices document-related delays in its quality control procedures. Implementing a system like M-Files restructures document flow and access based on the process mining findings. This adjustment enhances the accessibility of critical quality control documents and ensures compliance with industry standards, effectively eliminating the bottlenecks previously hindering timely product inspections and releases.

‍

Workforce Analytics Tools

‍

Insightful, an advanced PC activity monitoring software, offers a detailed analysis of team productivity and efficiency, invaluable for process mining. By analyzing employees' interactions with current processes, changes can be made to better suit the workforce, resulting in increased adoption rates and more effective process changes.

‍

What it looks like in action:

‍

Leveraging Insightful, a company aims to optimize processes by aligning them with actual workforce activities and engagement. The HRIS integration feature ensures seamless employee data management, facilitating efficient resource allocation and smooth transitions during onboarding or offboarding, critical for maintaining streamlined workflows.

‍

Integrations with project time trackers and management tools, such as Jira, allow for a synchronized approach to task management and time tracking for remote teams, ensuring that process optimizations are effectively implemented and monitored. Real-time alerts and comprehensive reporting capabilities keep stakeholders informed, allowing for agile responses to emerging challenges and ensuring continuous process improvement.

‍

What process optimization tools should I choose?

‍

Look for a solution in the market that matches your team's capabilities and long-term vision while bringing out the nuances in your data. The ideal tool can reveal paths to efficiency that were previously hidden under a mountain of data.

‍

When looking for process mining tools, ask yourself the following:

Does the solution integrate seamlessly with our existing technical infrastructure?

‍

Assess whether the process mining tool can easily connect with your current systems, such as CRM, ERP, and other data sources, without requiring extensive modifications.

‍

How user-friendly is the platform for our team?

‍

Consider the learning curve associated with the tool and whether your team can comfortably navigate and utilize its features to the fullest extent.

‍

Can the tool scale with our organization's growth and evolving needs?

‍

Evaluate the solution's scalability to accommodate future expansion, increased data volumes, and more complex process mining requirements.

‍

What level of support and training does the vendor offer?

‍

Understand the vendor's support structure, including systematic approach training, customer service, and community engagement, to facilitate smooth adoption and ongoing usage.

‍

Is the solution compliant with industry standards and regulations relevant to our organization?

‍

Verify that the tool adheres to necessary compliance and data privacy regulations, ensuring the protection and proper handling of sensitive information.

‍

What is the total cost of ownership, including hidden costs like additional modules or services?

‍

Consider all expenses associated with implementing and maintaining the tool, including licensing fees, training, and any additional modules that may be required.

‍

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Process Optimization

Why You Need These Tools to Optimize Your Workflow

Written by
Sonja Glisic
Published on
March 15, 2024

Key Takeaways:

‍

  • Process mining offers a data-driven solution to streamline operations and maximize efficiency by analyzing how business processes operate within an organization.

‍

  • Specialized process mining tools like Celonis and UiPath Process Mining provide advanced functionalities for process discovery, conformance checking, and bottleneck analysis, making them ideal for businesses with complex processes.

‍

  • General data analysis and visualization tools complement process mining by offering broader functionalities useful for preliminary data exploration but may lack advanced algorithms tailored for in-depth process analysis.

‍

  • Integrated platforms like SAP Process Mining combine process mining capabilities with other enterprise software functionalities, providing a comprehensive solution for businesses looking to streamline processes and improve operational efficiency.

‍

Read time: 10 minutes

‍

Do you feel like something is disrupting your workflow but can’t quite put your finger on it? If standard workplace monitoring measures have led to dead ends, it’s time to take a closer look at your business processes.  

‍

Process mining offers a more elaborate and data-driven solution. In this article, we'll explore process mining tools and optimization techniques to help you streamline operations and maximize efficiency. Let's dive in and revolutionize your business.

‍

What is process mining?

‍

Process mining is a data-driven approach to analyzing how business processes operate within an organization. It’s used to extract and analyze data from digital sources to identify and rectify any inefficiencies in the workflow.

The comprehensive nature of this process requires more than a simple productivity monitoring tool and basic data analysis. In fact, it often demands the use of specialized technologies.

‍

What type of tools do I need?

‍

Process mining tools can be broadly categorized into specialized tools and general data analysis and visualization tools

‍

Specialized process mining tools include software like Celonis, UiPath Process Mining, Disco, and Signavio Process Intelligence. These tools were made to handle the complexities of process mining tasks.

‍

General data analysis & visualization tools, like Microsoft Power BI, Tableau, KNIME, and RapidMiner, have broader functionalities but can still complement process mining.

‍

What are the key differences between these tools? 

‍

Specialized Process Mining Tools

‍

Specialized process mining tools are designed to carry out process analysis within organizations

‍

Some of the key functionalities include:

‍

  • Process Discovery: Automatically generating process models from event logs.

‍

  • Conformance Checking: Comparing discovered process models with ideal/reference models to identify deviations. 

‍

  • Process Enhancement: Suggesting and simulating improvements based on process analysis. 

‍

  • Bottleneck Analysis: Identifying and visualizing delays and inefficiencies within the process. 

‍

For most businesses, investing in specialized process mining software is often the most effective approach. This is especially true for companies with complex processes and a significant need for in-depth analysis and continuous improvement.

‍

General Data Analysis & Visualization Tools

‍

General data analysis and visualization tools can also play a part in the process mining process. These include software like:

‍

  • Microsoft Power BI
  • Tableau
  • KNIME
  • RapidMiner

‍

The tools offer broader functionalities, like data analysis, visualization, and predictive modeling, all of which are useful for certain aspects of process mining, especially preliminary data exploration. 

‍

However, data analysis and visualization tools lack the advanced algorithms and functionalities designed for process mining. This makes them less effective for in-depth process analysis and optimization.

‍

Integrated Platforms


Integrated platforms like SAP Process Mining and Pega Process Fabric combine process mining capabilities with other enterprise software functionalities. This provides a comprehensive solution for businesses looking to streamline their processes and improve operational efficiency.

‍

How do I know what tool is right for my business?

‍

How do you know whether to use a specialized process mining tool or more general software for your business? Consider the following key factors:

‍

  • Complexity of Processes: Evaluate the complexity of your business processes. More intricate processes may require the advanced capabilities of specialized process mining tools.

‍

  • Specific Needs: Determine the specific objectives of process mining. Depending on whether the focus is on process discovery, conformance checking, or process enhancement, different tools may be more suitable.

‍

  • Integration Requirements: Assess the need for integration with existing systems such as ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) or CRM (Customer Relationship Management). 

‍

  • Budget & Resources: Consider the financial implications and resource availability. Specialized process mining tools may come with higher costs, both in terms of licensing fees and the expertise required to operate them effectively. 

‍

Process mining tools can autonomously create process models that comply with ideal standards. However, for optimal results, businesses should combine them with process optimization tools.

‍

What are process optimization tools?

‍

Process optimization tools include different methodologies and software solutions designed to improve efficiency, reduce costs, and enhance overall performance. These tools can analyze existing workflows, identify inefficiencies, and suggest improvements.

‍

When combined with process mining, optimization tools can elevate operational efficiency.

‍

Process Improvement & Automation Tools

‍

Businesses often combine different tools to optimize processes and automate workflows. 

‍

  • Business Process Management (BPM) tools like Appian, Pega, and Bizagi, along with automation platforms such as Zapier, Microsoft Power Automate, and UiPath, refine processes and integrate insights from process mining.

‍

  • Lean Six Sigma methods facilitate structured waste reduction and quality improvement efforts. The data gathered from process mining enhances the application of these principles, allowing for targeted improvement efforts.

‍

  • Quality Management System (QMS) tools like Qualio and MasterControl use process mining insights to ensure regulatory compliance and enhance efficiency in regulated industries.

‍

What it looks like in action:

‍

Imagine a manufacturing company facing delays in its supply chain process. Initially, the company used process mining tools like Celonis to analyze event logs from their ERP system. This analysis reveals bottlenecks in procurement and inventory management, where deviations from the ideal process models are causing significant delays.

‍

With these insights, the company employs BPM tools such as Bizagi to redesign the affected workflows, streamlining the procurement process and ensuring more efficient inventory management. The redesign is based on Lean Six Sigma principles, focusing on eliminating waste and reducing variability in the process.

‍

To automate the newly optimized workflows, the company integrates Microsoft Power Automate for tasks like sending purchase orders when inventory levels drop below a certain threshold. This automation reduces manual intervention and accelerates the procurement cycle.

‍

Furthermore, to maintain high quality and compliance within these optimized processes, the company deploys a Quality Management System (QMS) tool like MasterControl. This tool uses the data insights from the initial process mining to set up controls and checkpoints that ensure every step of the procurement and inventory management processes meets industry standards and regulations, maintaining quality while improving efficiency.

‍

Data Analysis & Visualization Tools

‍

Platforms for data analytics such as Tableau, Power BI, and Google Analytics extend the analysis of data revealed by process mining. Offering advanced visualization capabilities, these tools delve deeper into process performance, unveiling trends and patterns that might not be immediately evident solely through process mining.

‍

What it looks like in action:

‍

Consider a retail company that uses process mining to identify slow-moving points in its customer service process. The initial analysis points to prolonged waiting times and inefficient query handling as key issues. To delve deeper into these findings, the company employs Power BI for further analysis and visualization.

‍

Using Power BI, the company creates dashboards that illustrate customer wait times, service request types, and resolution rates across different times and locations. This visualization uncovers that certain product queries take longer to resolve due to a lack of specialized knowledge among front-line staff. It also highlights that wait times peak during specific hours, suggesting a mismatch between staff availability and customer demand.

‍

Armed with these insights, the company can then make targeted improvements, such as providing specialized training to staff on frequently queried products and adjusting staff schedules to better match peak query times, enhancing the overall customer service process.

‍

Project & Task Management Tools

‍

Managing the projects and initiatives resulting from process mining insights can be done with tools like Asana, Trello, and Jira. They guarantee that process improvement projects follow the schedule, budget, and objectives identified through process mining.

‍

What it looks like in action:

‍

Imagine a software development company that, through process mining, discovers inefficiencies in its coding and quality assurance (QA) phases, leading to project delays. To address this, the company uses Jira to organize and streamline the improvement initiatives.

‍

Jira allows the team to create specific tasks for each identified inefficiency, such as optimizing code review practices and enhancing QA testing protocols. Each task is assigned to the relevant team members, with deadlines and priorities based on the urgency and impact of the issues identified during the process mining phase.

‍

By using Jira, the company can monitor progress on these tasks, ensuring that each improvement initiative is progressing as planned and that the changes lead to measurable enhancements in the software development lifecycle, ultimately reducing time-to-market for new software releases.

‍

Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Systems 

‍

Using the customer journey and insights obtained from process mining, CRM platforms such as Salesforce, HubSpot, and Zoho CRM can optimize customer interactions and service delivery. This, in turn, boosts customer satisfaction and loyalty.

‍

What it looks like in action:

‍

Consider a telecommunications company that, through process mining, identifies recurring issues in its customer onboarding and support processes, such as unnecessary steps that prolong the onboarding process and common bottlenecks in resolving customer complaints. To tackle these issues, the company leverages Salesforce, a CRM platform, to refine and personalize customer interactions based on the insights gained.

‍

Salesforce is configured to streamline the onboarding process, removing redundant steps and ensuring new customers are quickly and efficiently set up with their services. Additionally, the platform is used to better track and manage customer complaints, with automated workflows directing issues to the most appropriate support teams based on the nature of the problem.

‍

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Systems

‍

To optimize cross-departmental processes, ERP systems like SAP, Oracle, and Microsoft Dynamics can incorporate insights from process mining. This comprehensive perspective guarantees that enhancements are synchronized throughout the organization, maximizing operational efficiency and resource utilization.

‍

What it looks like in action:

‍

A manufacturing enterprise identifies through process mining that its procurement and inventory management processes need to be aligned, causing production delays. Utilizing an ERP system like SAP, the company integrates the insights to harmonize procurement schedules with inventory levels, ensuring materials are ordered and restocked in sync with production needs. 

‍

This unified approach streamlines operations and boosts efficiency and resource management across departments, minimizing waste and reducing lead times.

‍

Document Management Systems (DMS)

‍

Based on insights from process mining, DMS platforms such as M-Files and DocuWare can enhance document flow, accessibility, and compliance within business processes. This results in a notable reduction of bottlenecks associated with document handling.

‍

What it looks like in action: 

‍

A company notices document-related delays in its quality control procedures. Implementing a system like M-Files restructures document flow and access based on the process mining findings. This adjustment enhances the accessibility of critical quality control documents and ensures compliance with industry standards, effectively eliminating the bottlenecks previously hindering timely product inspections and releases.

‍

Workforce Analytics Tools

‍

Insightful, an advanced PC activity monitoring software, offers a detailed analysis of team productivity and efficiency, invaluable for process mining. By analyzing employees' interactions with current processes, changes can be made to better suit the workforce, resulting in increased adoption rates and more effective process changes.

‍

What it looks like in action:

‍

Leveraging Insightful, a company aims to optimize processes by aligning them with actual workforce activities and engagement. The HRIS integration feature ensures seamless employee data management, facilitating efficient resource allocation and smooth transitions during onboarding or offboarding, critical for maintaining streamlined workflows.

‍

Integrations with project time trackers and management tools, such as Jira, allow for a synchronized approach to task management and time tracking for remote teams, ensuring that process optimizations are effectively implemented and monitored. Real-time alerts and comprehensive reporting capabilities keep stakeholders informed, allowing for agile responses to emerging challenges and ensuring continuous process improvement.

‍

What process optimization tools should I choose?

‍

Look for a solution in the market that matches your team's capabilities and long-term vision while bringing out the nuances in your data. The ideal tool can reveal paths to efficiency that were previously hidden under a mountain of data.

‍

When looking for process mining tools, ask yourself the following:

Does the solution integrate seamlessly with our existing technical infrastructure?

‍

Assess whether the process mining tool can easily connect with your current systems, such as CRM, ERP, and other data sources, without requiring extensive modifications.

‍

How user-friendly is the platform for our team?

‍

Consider the learning curve associated with the tool and whether your team can comfortably navigate and utilize its features to the fullest extent.

‍

Can the tool scale with our organization's growth and evolving needs?

‍

Evaluate the solution's scalability to accommodate future expansion, increased data volumes, and more complex process mining requirements.

‍

What level of support and training does the vendor offer?

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Understand the vendor's support structure, including systematic approach training, customer service, and community engagement, to facilitate smooth adoption and ongoing usage.

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Is the solution compliant with industry standards and regulations relevant to our organization?

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Verify that the tool adheres to necessary compliance and data privacy regulations, ensuring the protection and proper handling of sensitive information.

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What is the total cost of ownership, including hidden costs like additional modules or services?

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Consider all expenses associated with implementing and maintaining the tool, including licensing fees, training, and any additional modules that may be required.

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