Best Process Mining Reporting pages for Power BI - Part 1
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Best Reporting pages to understand your process

Process Mining in Power BI

Author: Katharina Laumann, PR Manager and Editor at PAF

With PAFnow embedded in Power BI, you can start analyzing and improving any process. Your process data is prepared and visualized in such a way that you can immediately begin working with the PAFnow Report!

The PAFnow Report contains several predefined report pages for different views and analyses of your business process. In this short blog series, we’ll show you which pages we have prepared for you and which of them are best suited for different aspects of your process analysis. Let’s start with the best report pages to get a fundamental understanding of your process.


Power BI Discovery Report Page

When you open your PAFnow Report, you land on the PAFnow Discovery Page. This report page truly lives up to its name as it is the starting point and the center of your analysis. The visuals and report elements on the Discovery Page are tools that help you to understand, analyze, and receive complete transparency about your as-is business processes.
The central piece is the Process Explorer that shows you your actual process and all its variants. You can use the slider to change the level of detail or frequency of variants that you look at. You also get a case and variants overview of your process that adapts to your filter selections.

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Power BI Loops Report Page

A loop is the repetition of one or more activities and frequently leads to unnecessary additional work and costs. The Loops Report Page looks at variants and individual cases in which this type of rework occurred.

You can compare the performance of cases with and without loops, look at lead times, trends, and developments over time, and also at the root causes of loops and how they affect your process

Lead Time

Power BI Lead Time Report Page

Loops affect lead times but there are more factors that impact the lead times in your process. That’s why the Lead Time Page looks at the duration of specific cases and variants in detail. The highlighted edges in the Process Explorer immediately show you high duration idle times - the time between two activities excluding the activities’ execution time.

You can then dive further into the reasons behind long lead times with a root cause analysis, gain a lead time overview by case, do a lead time calculation for specific sections of your process, and filter for interesting cases and key figures.

Process Steps

Power BI Process Steps Report Page

On the Process Steps Report Page, you can take a closer look which and how process steps impact your process performance.

The red highlights in the Process Explorer indicate activities that drive up the number of total steps in the process. When they occur, the average number of process steps is higher than the total average of process steps in the process.

You can then look at the behavior of different cases, for example with regards to the percentage of process steps and related lead times. You can also filter by event sequences, look at start and end activities trends, or do a root cause analysis to look at the driving forces behind specific process steps.

As you can see, there are numerous ways to look deeper beneath the surface of your process. But your analysis doesn’t stop there. In the next parts of this series, we’ll look at more aspects of process analysis with Process Mining in Power BI.

In the meantime, you can take your first steps with Process Mining by downloading our free PAFnow Process Mining Visual or test the full report in our demo.