In this AI/Hyperautomation Special Report, Tom Smith speaks with Prof. Wil van der Aalst, inventor of process mining and chief scientist at Celonis, about real-world applications of Object Centric Process Mining (OCPM), the latest innovation in the company’s core technology that better captures and reflects the relationships between functions within business processes. Highlights from their discussion follow.
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00:40 — Tom introduces the discussion by providing background on Prof. van der Aalst and process mining; specifically, the latest innovation in process mining technology, which is object centric. They discussed use cases including supply chains, digital twins, and more.
01:40 — Van der Aalst describes a common scenario where OCPM could yield benefits: a customer makes a purchase of multiple products from Amazon, resulting in updates to many database tables (customer table, products tables, shipping tables). With OCPM, it’s treated as one event involving many objects, and the relationships are understood. “This way process mining is much closer to how it works in reality.”
03:49 — He says these capabilities provide many advantages in terms of efficiency and visibility.
04:18 — He calls supply chain applications and inter-company visibility “a great use case we are aiming at,” and he specifically references the German automotive industry, where Celonis would like to connect manufacturers and suppliers for greater visibility. The technology is able to provide that visibility today, the bigger hurdle is the sensitivity/confidentiality of data.
06:04 — Van der Aalst references the possibility of applying OCPM to digital twins, which he refers to as simulation models that typically look at a single object. But people are typically involved in multiple processes, so today’s digital twins have room to grow. “I think this will help to bring digital twins to a higher level of maturity compared to where they are today.”
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