Go beyond ‘as is’ process discovery with Simul8
Process mining aims to visualize, understand and improve your business processes by extracting data from event logs generated by ERP, Workflow Management and other information systems.
But did you know that Simul8 could help you achieve these goals and so much more, all in less time and at a fraction of the cost?
More bang for your buck with blisteringly fast time to value.
Process mining tools are usually enterprise-level solutions. Setup costs run into the hundreds of thousands of dollars with lengthy setup times to access the required data and format it correctly. The low cost of simulation software makes it accessible with many businesses seeing return of investment in millions of dollars!
Thanks to an intuitive drag and drop interface, creating your process flow with Simul8 is just like drawing a flowchart. Add timing information, when work arrives (products, patients, paperwork, etc), the time tasks take to complete and rules about where work goes and you’ve created a simulation to start experimenting!
No data? No problem!
Data is an important aspect of building accurate simulations of your process, but unlike process mining you don’t have to have precisely formatted event log data, or even complete data to start generating game-changing insights. As creating a simulation helps everyone to think about every aspect of a process, it quickly brings inconsistencies and inefficiencies to the surface, as well as ideas to make improvements.
When you’re ready to utilize data in your simulation, it’s easy to import with Simul8 from Excel, Google Sheets, text and CSV files, or dynamic database connections via SQL and ODBC. You can even take things a step further to pull in live data and create real-time digital twins of your process or organization.
Know the impact of process changes in minutes, not months.
Process mining tools allow basic changes to your ‘as-is’ process to see the impact like changing the number of staff, task duration and working hours. This might be enough to start making small improvements, but you can’t test major changes, run and compare different improvement scenarios. Once you have decided to make a change in real-life, you’ll then need to wait weeks or months to see the actual impact by generating another process mining map.
Simulation doesn’t have these limitations. You can model the current ‘as is’ process to identify issues, but then go a step beyond this to rapidly change any aspect to make improvements. From day-to-day operations to big strategic changes, there’s no limit to what you can experiment with!
Simul8’s optimization, scenario management and sensitivity analysis features also makes it easy to analyze the results of your simulations. From days, to months, to the next 100 years or beyond, you can see how the system would perform at any point in the future. By thoroughly testing these changes and external influences with simulation ahead of implementation, you make confident, game-changing decisions.
Plan effective processes - even if they don’t exist.
Process mining only allows you to understand and make changes to processes that already exist. But what happens when you need to plan a new business process? How can you be confident that it’ll be fit for purpose or what the most effective implementation should be?
With Simul8 you can design the flow of your process, identify constraints and compare different configurations to answer implementation questions like:
- What will the return on our investment be?
- Can the process cope with current and future demand?
- What staffing do we need to effectively run the process?
- What schedule should staff work to?
- What equipment will we need and where should we place it to maximize efficiency?
And much more!
Drive day-to-day decisions with real-time digital twins.
Simulation isn’t just about large scale, one-off process improvement projects. The key to a successful, agile organization is continually refining every element of your process.
Using operational simulation models – or digital twins - you can monitor metrics on a regular basis, highlight performance issues and adjust processes straight away. For example, the day-to-day operation of a bank, the running of orders on an assembly line, or the staff assignment of a hospital or call center.
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