How Humalogy Measures the Human/Technology Balance on the hello, Human Podcast

Our podcast, hello, Human, features the leading builders, explorers, and warriors of AI. Together, we investigate how they’re putting AI to work to transform enterprises and make sustainable progress on automation, privacy, business disruption, human-bot teaming, and much more. We strive to make each episode intelligent and engaging, with the ultimate goal of improving your understanding of the opportunities AI can bring to your business and our world. 

Episode 6 – Humalogy and The Future of Work

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We’re Bringing FortressIQ to Japan with Hitachi Solutions, Ltd.

We’re very excited to announce a new relationship with Hitachi Solutions, Ltd., a Tokyo-based provider of digital transformation solutions and services. Hitachi Solutions, Ltd. is now using FortressIQ Process Intelligence as a customer, and will also offer the FortressIQ platform to their own customers to visualize and modernize complex business processes. This relationship marks our entry into Japan’s market at a time when regional demand for migrating work to the cloud is accelerating.

Our partnership with Hitachi Solutions, Ltd., enlists the company as a reseller of FortressIQ Process Intelligence in Japan. The platform will help our joint customers decode work and make data-driven decisions to improve competitiveness well into the future. Internally, Hitachi Solutions, Ltd., is already using FortressIQ to identify, analyze, and visualize business processes as they work to eliminate bottlenecks and gain efficiencies. 

Transformational Growth for Process Intelligence

Hitachi Solutions, Ltd., has long been a conduit for quickly moving enterprises along their digital transformation journey. The company’s use of cutting-edge digital technologies, such as artificial intelligence (AI) and Internet of things (IoT), successfully guides customers as they renew and modernize business processes and speed their move to the cloud. 

Modernizing work and shifting more effort to the cloud is particularly important in Japan. The country’s aging workforce is forcing companies to seek out dramatic increases in efficiency and productivity to sustain market growth. But, companies must first understand how their business operates today. That’s driving huge demand for process intelligence across Japan. ITR, a Tokyo-based market research and consulting firm, projects this industry to grow from ¥400 million ($3.8 million) in 2019 to more than ¥7.5 billion ($71 million) by 2024. That’s an increase of 1,775% in just 5 years. 

Japan’s market offers a greenfield opportunity for process intelligence, and this new partnership will position us to take a commanding lead with a strong, first-mover advantage.

Adding Microsoft Power Platform

Hitachi Solutions, Ltd., is using the insights gained with FortressIQ to help customers migrate business applications from on-premise to the cloud, which is further accelerated by their partnership with Microsoft and their use of the Microsoft Power Platform. Power Platform brings together Microsoft solutions, from Office 365 and Dynamics 365 to Azure and hundreds of other apps, to enable the creation of end-to-end business solutions. Component tools, such as Power BI, Power Apps, Power Automate, and Power Virtual Agents, empower companies to build custom apps without coding and automate processes to streamline how their business operates. 

We’ve been working with Microsoft Power Platform for quite a while as our integrated solution helps organizations increase productivity by automating repetitive, time-consuming tasks. Our end-to-end solution for intelligent automation provides cognitive process intelligence, AI-enabled workflows, and deep business insights, and does it all faster than the traditional alternatives.

Leveraging the Speed of Process Intelligence

The AI power behind FortressIQ provides unmatched speed and accuracy over the typical process discovery and mining methods. This gives Hitachi Solutions, Ltd., and their customers a faster path to realizing the benefits of process modernization. According to Hitachi Solutions, Ltd., using FortressIQ has made it possible to automatically analyze end-to-end enterprise business processes and visualize real results in as little as 2 weeks. And, that’s without disrupting workers or conducting tedious analysis of application logs.

You, too, can have that speed, whether you’re based in Japan or anywhere else in the world. To learn more about our new partnership with Hitachi Solutions, Ltd., and how the company is using FortressIQ and Microsoft Power Platform with customers across Japan, visit

Forrester, Microsoft, and the Future of Automation on the hello, Human Podcast

Our podcast, hello, Human, features the leading builders, explorers, and warriors of AI. Together, we investigate how they’re putting AI to work to transform enterprises and make sustainable progress on automation, privacy, business disruption, human-bot teaming, and much more. We strive to make each episode intelligent and engaging, with the ultimate goal of improving your understanding of the opportunities AI can bring to your business and our world.

Episode 5 – Understand Today, Automate for Tomorrow

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Data, Context, and Domino’s (pizza) on the hello, Human Podcast

Our podcast, hello, Human, features the leading builders, explorers, and warriors of AI. Together, we investigate how they’re putting AI to work to transform enterprises and make sustainable progress on automation, privacy, business disruption, human-bot teaming, and much more. We strive to make each episode intelligent and engaging, with the ultimate goal of improving your understanding of the opportunities AI can bring to your business and our world.

Episode 3 – Rebooting Data – to – Decisions Initiatives

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In episode #3, my guest was Doug Henschen, Vice President and Principal Analyst at Constellation Research. Doug has a unique view of the business world, since his firm is focused on helping early adopters leverage disruptive technology. The top 5%, as he puts it. In our conversation, he shared what those pioneers are doing in process orchestration, how it helps companies manage new information, and how AI can elevate the customer experience. And, believe it or not, we talked about Domino’s Pizza. But we started with a look at the digital transformation acceleration that’s happened across 2020.

“We often hear that in the last six months, companies have done more digital transformation than they did in the past six years,” said Doug. “It’s all about getting more agile, getting more data-driven. It’s put the move into the cloud on steroids. The companies that are ahead of the curve are in a good position.”

But being ahead of the curve takes more than just moving to the cloud, according to Doug. Every company is swimming in data these days. So there’s a dire need to manage that data, understand it, and put it to use in valuable, impactful ways. But it’s going to take a mix of technologies and humans to do it well, and the approach has to be unique to each enterprise. 

“I think we’re going to see platforms on which people will start to build very custom applications,” Doug explained. “Instead of these standardized enterprise applications, they’re going to build more and more. (Their needs are) just too unique to the organization to have a commercial software vendor provide that application. Companies are going to be using this mix of technologies to build their own applications and experiences on top of what I’d call intelligent orchestration platforms.”

Of course, humans will lead the orchestration, but it’s becoming more and more clear that machines will be part of the decision-making process. Doug noted that it’s been almost a decade since IBM’s Watson won on Jeopardy. But the promise back then of artificial intelligence (AI) leading us to huge advancements has yet to materialize. Instead, much of the context behind the data or alongside the decision remains understandable only to humans. So AI might make a recommendation that humans then use to make a better decision. But that then invites human bias, errors, and inconsistencies.

“It’s not just about the data; you really have to know something about it,” added Doug. “It’s the metadata around that data. Who is this customer? What is their history? What is the stage of the process they’re in? When did we talk to them last? Do they have a service issue that’s unresolved? Are they near the end of their contract? It’s not just data, it’s the context around the data.”

“That’s one reason I’ve been doing a lot of research and been advocating embedded approaches of next-generation applications that bring the data and the context right into the context of the application. You have both a human understanding and machine understanding, and you can drive better actions, whether those actions are carried out and executed by a machine or by a human.”

Doug gave a great example of this type of contextual understanding using Domino’s Pizza. They’re taking an innovative, data-driven approach to not just back-end ordering, inventory, and operations, but also using those same insights to elevate the customer experience with increased visibility and interactivity. Progressive financial services institutions, such as Capital One and Rocket Mortgage, are doing the same, and crushing the competition with a stellar customer experience based on data and context. 

Again and again, we’re seeing that AI is at its best when used to augment human abilities, especially in human-to-human interactions like customer service. Technology is a huge help, and it takes much of the burden off of workers, making them more efficient and productive. But, in the right context, there’s not yet a match for putting a real human on the line with a customer in need. 

“Sometimes you might have to take the (digital) agent offline and switch in the human because something is happening dynamically in the business environment,” said Doug. “That’s what we see ahead. The progress is now happening, where it’s overall monitoring of the process, not just adding more and more bots to have silos of automation.”

There’s much more to my conversation with Doug on the hello, Human podcast. You’ll also hear his favorite resources for staying current on the latest technologies. Or, you can read the full podcast transcript here.

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Using AI to Turn Talent into Competitive Advantage on the hello, Human Podcast

Our podcast, hello, Human, features the leading builders, explorers, and warriors of AI. Together, we explore how they’re putting AI to work to transform enterprises and make sustainable progress on automation, privacy, business disruption, human-bot teaming, and much more. We want each episode to be intelligent and engaging, with the ultimate goal of improving your understanding of the opportunities AI can bring to your business and our world.

Episode 2 – Turning Talent into Competitive Advantage

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In this episode, I welcomed Kamal Ahluwalia, President of Eightfold AI. The company’s Talent Intelligence Platform helps organizations retain top performers, upskill and reskill their workforce, recruit top talent, and reach diversity goals. But what makes their solution different is the use of deep learning artificial intelligence. The company’s technology scours publicly available information from around the globe to understand what people are truly capable of doing, which enables companies to then hire, promote, or reassign based on potential.

“Resumes are all backward-looking,” said Kamal. “What people are looking to do, and how we want to use our AI expertise, is to allow the hiring companies to hire for potential. What we have done with our data-driven platform is that we should be learning from all the skills and capabilities that are out there.”

As Kamal explained, the past work of any individual needs context, but also doesn’t necessarily dictate what you can or can’t do in the future. Determining that context is important, but first they need to understand what defines the context. And, even in that same context, different people have different career goals and aspirations. Eightfold’s technology works to understand all of these combinations, and adds intelligence to help reach diversity and inclusion goals, too. 

“If we keep looking for people who have already done it before, clearly, we haven’t given enough opportunities to people of diverse backgrounds and people who don’t have the same privileges we have had,” said Kamal. “This applies to pretty much every segment. The way to get out of that is to look at the whole thing holistically. Our algorithms don’t take anything into account, whether it’s sex, background, ethnicity, pedigree, any of those things when an individual is being compared to a particular job. So when we are presenting these few people who are a great fit for a role, it is only based on what they’re capable of doing.”

Eightfold’s technology further helps companies create job descriptions that eliminate bias and focus on getting the right person in the right role. But it also helps identify current employees who would fit that profile, are likely to want to make a move, are in diversity segments, and more. It all helps companies course correct as they fill open roles. 

“Our customers have improved the diversity from 18% to 33% for women,” added Kamal. “Other customers have seen a 90% reduction in time to discover and engage with underrepresented candidates. In all aspects, the number one excuse that is often used is, ‘We looked, but we couldn’t find enough capable people of diverse backgrounds’. We want to use our AI to show that no, you didn’t know how to detect the potential, and we are here to help you.”

The technology created by Eightfold works for job seekers just as well. Applicants can be shown open roles for which they’d be a great fit, whether they’ve considered them or not. And that helps them apply with confidence while increasing diversity applications. 

Kamal and I also discussed the impact of remote work on future recruiting trends. Now that companies are going to be more open to hiring remote workers, it’s going to allow them to increase the size of their talent pool. Naturally, that also increases the number of potential candidates with diverse backgrounds. 

Using AI to help improve how HR works is another area where Eightfold adds value. And a large part of HR’s job is to focus on culture, employee satisfaction and wellbeing, and more. It also helps identify a company’s internal influencers.

“More and more people are being forced to rethink their business, and there is more need for digital sales, data scientists,” Kamal explained. “People are realizing that it’s not like all these markets are littered with that talent, so let’s focus more on the employees. What we are doing with our AI platform is we provide a talent marketplace or a project marketplace where the company can post projects. The important part is how do we get some of the rockstars to participate, and how do we find the experts so that we start building this self-service environment where people want to be appreciated, they want to learn more, or they want to learn from others who are recognized in the companies as being experts?”

The need for specialized talent continues to grow, but the pace of change in the workplace and in technology seems to be in constant acceleration. The situation becomes even more complicated when you factor in the shift to more remote work. Eightfold is taking a unique approach to helping companies fill roles faster with the most qualified candidates. That’s good for everyone, and we’re excited to see how their AI will continue transforming the ways companies attract and manage talent as a competitive differentiator. 

Hear the entire conversation with Kamal on the hello, Human podcast, and learn his favorite resources for staying current on the latest technologies. Or, you can read the full podcast transcript here.

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Pankaj Chowdhry and the Four Realities of Transformation on the hello, Human Podcast

Our podcast, hello, Human, features the leading builders, explorers, and warriors of AI. Together, we dig into how they’re putting AI to work to transform enterprises and make sustainable progress on automation, privacy, business disruption, human-bot teaming, and much more. We aim to make each episode intelligent and engaging, with the ultimate goal of improving your understanding of the opportunities AI can bring to your business and our world.

Episode 1 – The Four Realities of Transformation

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In our very first episode of hello, Human, we welcomed our very own Pankaj Chowdhry, the founder and CEO of Fortress IQ. Pankaj and I discussed how humans and AI can interact to add more value to business processes, and then explored the four realities of transformation. But, we began where every AI conversation seems to begin: how robots are going to take over and destroy humanity. 

“I think the thing to do is to step back and say, what would make AI different from anything else?,” asked Pankaj. “Any technology that we as a human civilization or a more technology-advanced society, has always had positive and negative to it.”

As Pankaj quickly explained, however, the pace at which AI is advancing is unprecedented. That’s fueling the fears and forcing us to change the conversation by pointing to areas where AI can improve our lives. But, we also need to address the fears which arise as AI changes how we work. The solution, says Pankaj, is in using AI to help workers be more accurate, efficient, and productive in their existing roles. 

“I think a joint solution is always going to be better,” said Pankaj. “When we’re looking at transformation and the reimagining of these job roles, you wouldn’t expect someone to do a job without a laptop. AI is kind of that same level. There is going to be a certain level of interaction with artificial intelligence that every job role is going to have. The key is just to figure out how much of it works and if it actually adds value.”

This joint human-AI solution is where AI is adding real value to enterprises today. AI helps as an assistant, a second set of eyes, or the doer of mundane or repeatable tasks. Humans then have more time or information to perform higher-level tasks and make important decisions. This is where the four realities of transformation come in. As a quick recap, these four points state that your processes, systems, people, and structure might change (for the better!) with AI, but they aren’t going away. 

“When I say your processes aren’t going away, what I’m trying to make sure people understand is that the process is going to exist,” Pankaj explained. “You have to deal with the realities of what your IT landscape is. Any transformation strategy has to embrace the people that are going to be impacted by it because these people are oftentimes the core of what’s going on in the process.”

That’s the classic golden triangle of people, process, and technology. But the fourth one, organizational structure, is where the real challenges to transformation come into play. I’ve read that as many as 86% of transformation projects fail to live up to their performance improvement goals, and just a tiny fraction, a mere 3%, achieve sustainable change. Pankaj points to this fourth reality of transformation as the often-overlooked key to project success: everyone and every team affected by the transformation has to be on board. 

“Any transformation strategy that requires a wholesale change of the org chart on day one is going to be most likely a non-starter,” said Pankaj. “You’re going to have compliance, security, training, HR. All these things need to be taken in so you can make sure the organization you’re building has a very, very clear path of how the existing organization is going to arrive there.”

It may seem counterintuitive that a successful transformation is only possible when embracing both change and the status quo, but that’s why so many transformations fail. Success lies in figuring out how to leverage the existing people, processes, and technology while delivering the desired organizational change. Listen and subscribe to hello, Human to hear my full conversation with Pankaj, as well as his favorite resource for staying current on the latest technologies. Or, you can read the full podcast transcript here.

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Don’t Create a Monster, Create a Beast

Halloween is right around the corner, and nothing is scarier than transforming your enterprise into a Frankenstein of incompatible tools and techniques. 

You started with the best intentions. You thought you chose the right tools, most attractive processes, and the best minds. 

But you soon found the amalgamation birthed a hideous creature of stitched-together processes, disconnected guidance, and opposing insights. It’s turned your transformation into a nightmare of rotting results, festering budgets, and decaying productivity. Instead of electrifying your enterprise with new life, you’ve created a monster.

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Consultant’s Brain

Consultants are the experts, and you would expect them to be the brains behind your transformation. But they’re working with limited resources and time, trying to capture process details and then extrapolating anecdotes across your organization. They’re bound to miss things, which leaves your project wandering between options and never really making transformational impacts.

Miner’s Arm

Process mining and discovery techniques are slow, expensive, and highly manual. It’s an outdated approach that only captures a slice of a process based on how users interact with one system. It limits your coverage, misses steps performed in separate applications, and could pull your transformation in the wrong direction.

Software’s Arm

Digging for process details via APIs requires even more connections with IT, developers, and application vendors. It adds time and expense to your transformation project, and even more opportunities for messages to get lost and connections to break. Plus, each application requires a separate API connection, delivers data in different formats, and forces you to manually reconnect and reanimate the insights, adding even more delays.

Data Guts

Most companies truly don’t understand how they operate on a granular user level, and this lack of current state understanding is a major roadblock to transformation success. Process Intelligence helps eliminate nightmares by efficiently creating a dataset of user activity not previously available to kickstart strategic initiatives. Convert your process problems into big data solutions.

Bot’s Leg

RPA is great, but every organization struggles with scaling programs. Process assessment and prioritization delays development. Vendors have promoted screen recorders for task discovery, but they fail to scale and actually create more rework than traditional methods. Scary indeed. The only real answer to scaling your RPA program is adopting real process intelligence. Deploying FortressIQ means rapid assessments, and finding automation opportunities at scale

App’s Leg

Know what’s really scary?Most enterprise processes–especially the valuable ones–require workers to hop between software, move data across screens, or use multiple apps simultaneously. Trying to combine those steps into a coherent process using just log files and APIs is a recipe for disaster. Process Intelligence can give you the insights to start correcting the issue so you can understand today to improve tomorrow.

Stop the Madness! Turn Your Enterprise into a Beast

FortressIQ goes way beyond all of these scary, cobbled-together options to capture every step of every process, without expensive and disconnected tools pulling you in different directions. It brings your transformation to life with real-time, end-to-end process insights captured with DNA-level analytics across all applications, departments, and processes.

Don’t let your transformation turn into a monster. Use FortressIQ to make data-driven decisions that successfully propel your enterprise into tomorrow.

Transforming BSA/AML and KYC with Process Intelligence Technologies

The U.S. Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) of 1970 was one of the first Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and Know Your Customer (KYC) laws. It required companies and financial institutions to establish and report on internal controls and other measures put in place to prevent the facilitation of financial crimes. Other similar laws exist in countries around the world, creating a complex web of potential compliance issues for financial services companies.

Between 2008 and 2018, financial institutions worldwide have paid an estimated US$26 billion in fines and penalties as a result of violations to these regulations. That’s an average of $2.6 billion per year. However, government scrutiny of money laundering is now at an all-time high. Financial Institutions were fined US$5.6 billion in the first half of 2020 alone for non-compliance with AML, KYC, and related regulations. If the trend continues, it would represent a 430% increase over the previous ten-year average.

It is increasingly clear that compliance with these regulations is critical to the sustainability of every financial institution. Unfortunately, the traditional means of transforming your BSA/AML processes are woefully inadequate. But there are new technologies helping accelerate and increase the success of BSA/AML transformation.

Does Your AML/KYC Process Add Risk?

While it is the responsibility of all employees, partners, and suppliers to prevent an organization from facilitating financial crimes, Client Lifecycle Management (CLM) and Compliance are the two departments playing key roles in defining and implementing the required internal controls. CLM is the first line of defense within any organization. Compliance acts as the second line of defense, responsible for policy making, escalation, and resolution, as well as performing independent risk management. Auditors, the third line of defense, ensure any risk governance framework complies with regulatory guidance.

Three Lines of Defense Model

Before taking on a new client, a due diligence process is generally conducted to evaluate the client’s risk rating. It begins with a basic understanding of the client’s identity, the risk involved, and an understanding of their financial habits. Onboarding high-risk customers and politically-exposed persons requires enhanced due diligence with additional assessments of the client’s geographic location, source of funds, and purpose of the transaction, and may require ongoing monitoring.

This is an important task that typically happens as follows:

  1. Pre-onboarding checks are conducted by working with Sales, Risk Management, Legal, Compliance, and others to collect and review relevant client data, product information, and documents as mandated by the regulatory authorities.
  2. Teams then update multiple systems of record to ensure a client’s readiness to transact.
  3. Post-onboarding processes then include on-going client reviews and continuous monitoring, managing client and counterparty data and records, and potentially, client off-boarding.

This process can quickly become complex, especially at global organizations spanning multiple geographies with various policy interpretations, competing rules and regulations, and related data housed in multiple and disconnected software applications. That last point adds risk, especially when data is not integrated, thereby forcing considerable amounts of manual, repetitive, error-prone work. The result is increased operational, reputational, and financial risk.

Additional risks arise from policy interpretations and potentially incorrect execution of processes, which both depend on the experience of KYC analysts. It is indeed demanding for analysts to make critical decisions that require focused thinking while concurrently performing important yet mundane manual data-entry tasks.

Add it all up and your AML/KYC process is exposing you to more risk, which is exactly the opposite of what it is supposed to do!

Transforming BSA/AML with Success

Transforming any enterprise process can be daunting, for good reason. A study by McKinsey & Company indicates that a staggering 70% of large transformation projects fail to deliver expected results. Reasons may include unclear objectives, lack of leadership, and lack of commitment. But looking deeper, transformation projects are frequently derailed when teams underestimate process complexity. It’s a huge undertaking to identify the appropriate processes, perform detailed current state assessments, develop business requirements, and keep an eye on budgets. Then, for any transformed process, adequate training is required, and even minimal employee turnover can add to the challenges.

When focused on AML/KYC processes, the need for a successful transformation can be critical to your organization’s survival.

But help is available from point solutions such as Microsoft Power Automate, which uses Robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) to help organizations streamline, standardize, and automate routine tasks. Many financial institutions are also leveraging cognitive natural language processing (NLP), with focused solutions such as DDIQ by Exiger, to accelerate adverse media and sanctions screening processes related to clients.

AML/KYC platform providers can help streamline end-to-end processes. But successful implementation of these types of platforms largely depends on the quality of the business requirements and clearly defined compliance policies. It’s also dependent on the prevailing regulatory rules, final user acceptance testing and training. In reality, it takes many months for organizations to fully understand and effectively leverage these platforms, which adds further delays to already complex transformation projects.

FortressIQ is playing a key role in a successful AML/KYC transformation by converting a process problem into a big data problem. FortressIQ performs detailed current state assessments to provide near real-time process intelligence. It then provides the insights to make data-driven decisions.

Using computer vision, NLP, OCR, and deep learning algorithms, FortressIQ will:

  • Capture tasks at the most granular level, with no bias or blind spots;
  • Provide faster time to value by generating detailed, enterprise-wide process insights in just 2-4 weeks and without consuming worker time; and
  • Cost much less than human consultants, including eliminating documentation errors and the related rework.

Insights provided by FortressIQ can be leveraged by functional and transformation teams to collaborate on areas that matter: process enhancement, automation, and training.

Effectively managing your AML/KYC risk is critical to the success and reputation of your organization. Process intelligence and emerging technologies can help mitigate these risks, speed up the transformation journey, and enhance the customer and employee experience. It could also prevent a AML/KYC violation, which is becoming an increasingly expensive prospect.

Top-Down vs. Bottom-Up: Where to Begin Your Process Transformation Journey

Developing a deep and detailed understanding of your business processes lets you root out inefficiencies, double down on operational excellence, and make better, more informed decisions to reach your goals. But simply mining system log files misses the details in every process, while deploying consultants to map processes takes time and disrupts operations. Instead, intelligently decoding how your people and processes really work, across systems and screens, and across your entire business, is a better approach.

Capturing process intelligence to understand business processes has traditionally been tough to obtain because the methods have been manual. The drawback is that it results in static, incomplete process data. Today’s technologies, which evolved from these traditional methods, offer an automated and intelligent approach that’s both faster and captures more detail.

Here’s how process insight capture has evolved:

  • Process Mapping is the traditional, human-based route where business analysts and consultants interview and look over the shoulders of your workers. It’s slow and expensive, the sample size is limited and incomplete, and it can’t realistically cover processes across the entire organization.
  • Process Mining is a back-end, system-centric approach that captures a narrow, step-by-step workflow based on how users interact with specific systems. This method requires access to log files, which limits coverage. It also misses tasks like data collection, calculations, or other steps performed in separate applications.
  • Process Discovery is a modern alternative to mining. It tracks workflow at the UI level, no matter who performs the task or which application is used. It excels at capturing discrete sub-processes, but has trouble scaling because it ultimately requires human evaluation of the results.
  • Process Intelligence advances process discoveryby using computer vision and Artificial Intelligence (AI) to uncover actionable process insights at enterprise scale. It has the speed and coverage to capture, record, and analyze granular steps in complex use cases, plus adds intelligence to quickly identify new opportunities.

This spectrum of process insight techniques is referred to as a top-down manual approach, versus a bottom-up intelligence-driven approach. They all help you gain a better understanding of processes, but the bottom-up approach offers more granular insights, faster and across a wider range of processes. The result is more business impact in less time.

Choosing an Approach to Gathering Process Insights

If you have process insight experience, you may lean towards combining multiple approaches to address specific requirements. But if you’re tackling a project for the first time, it can be difficult to determine the best approach.

A top-down manual approach adds the perceived expertise and guidance of a team of consultants. That can be helpful but adds more cost and time by a few orders of magnitude. On the other hand, a modern bottom-up approach offers deeper insights and faster results but puts the decisions in your hands.

So, the question is, do you take a bottom-up or top-down approach?

Top-Down Misses the Detail

Top-down process mining technologies piece together a process within a single system, but since they do not capture granular user level activity, they don’t capture all the key steps of users or systems. For example, process exceptions and variations are not reliably identified because they may involve activities outside the analyzed system.

Additionally, enterprises often run hundreds of applications. Many of those—including Excel and common email clients—don’t generate usable log files. So, any use of those tools will not be captured, and the resulting process maps won’t represent the complete business process. The missed steps then aren’t included in automation efforts, resulting in costly rework once deployed.

Bottom-Up Provides More Insights and Speed

In contrast, process intelligence and process discovery technologies capture detailed user activity across all systems and tools, covering every granular step, including task interdependencies and connections. There is no need to access APIs or log files to create the process maps, which speeds the entire project, and the more complete insights keep you from automating broken or inefficient processes. Analytics can also quickly compare processes and system usage across teams and tasks.

Speed is what really separates the top-down and bottom-up approaches. You can expect to receive business value in weeks with Process Intelligence instead of months with Process Mining.

Process Intelligence
Process Mining
Full capture of sub-process activity and variations Limited view of end-to-end functional workflows
People & Process Coverage
Full coverage across all systems and teams Limited coverage to systems with log files
Degree of Specificity
Level 5 step-by-step process and sub-process details Level 3 general workflows
Time to Value
Weeks to deploy to desktop sensors and collect data Months to integrate back-end systems and map data
(reduced rework)
Granular activity data is comprehensive and actionable System-only data leaves process gaps


Start at the Process Itself

If you are exploring process insights for the first time, Process Intelligence is the logical starting point given its more comprehensive view of operations. It offers a faster time to value, takes less IT resources since you are not integrating with APIs or capturing log files, and is substantially less expensive and disruptive than unleashing a team of consultants into your operations.

As you eventually dig deeper for process insights, Process Mining could complement Process Intelligence, however. Combining both approaches provides the most comprehensive insight on the implications of a process. Interested in how FortressIQ provides process intelligence quickly and efficiently? Read our solution brief to see how you can get started.

Large-Scale Business Process Transformation Starts from the Top-Down

“If You Can’t Measure It, You Can’t Improve It.”

– Peter Drucker

Measurement and improvement – easier said than done, especially in the enterprise. When it comes to large-scale, strategic transformation, it’s also a continuous journey. Every enterprise company is in some stage of digital transformation, and there are challenges at every stage.

For the past decade, companies have been trying to make decisions with data collected from all lines of business in an effort to move the needle on a successful digital transformation initiative. Efforts to integrate departments such as finance, HR, supply chain, procurement, and marketing with various technology solutions have seen varied levels of success with ample opportunity for improvement. Individually it may be possible to collect data from different areas of the business, merge into a single place, and see what insights can be extracted, but without the right solution(s) in place, near impossible.

Several companies are in the process of standing up teams to tie data together from all lines of business into one single repository to be used for analysis and decision making. When you consider that an undertaking of this magnitude requires data from several different systems to be filtered into and stored in one place, and the IT systems and processes are constantly changing in parallel, it may be time and cost-prohibitive. In addition, the surge in popularity of automation and RPA have companies implementing bots without truly understanding the overall business impact.

Instead of shuffling data from one system to another, and trying to compile insights from disparate systems and applications, you can capture the work and tasks being executed across all applications and systems – for multiple users and with zero business interruption – using a cognitive process discovery solution. AI can be used to study, map, and deliver process information to multiple department heads so they can make data-driven decisions that improve efficiency and productivity. Additionally, automation and process improvement initiatives can move from changes to pockets of the business and expand to full departments, shared services, and centers of excellence to have the greatest effect on the company’s largest, strategic transformation initiatives. Common examples of process optimization in the enterprise often start by using AI to identify improvements to back-office systems and business processes such as finance, HR, and customer support – small changes in these areas can see huge increases in ROI and deliver quantitative results to the enterprise.

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