Event Correlation in Non-Process-Aware Systems

R. Pérez-Castillo, B. Weber, I. García-Rodríguez de Guzmán, M. Piattini and J. Pinggera

In: Proc. JISBD'13, pp. 173–174, 2013.

Abstract. Since business processes supported by traditional systems are implicitly defined, correlating events into the appropriate process instance is not trivial. This challenge is known as the event correlation problem. This paper presents an adaptation of an existing event correlation algorithm and incorporates it into a technique to collect event logs from the execution of traditional information systems. The technique first instruments the source code to collect events together with some candidate correlation attributes. Secondly, the algorithm is applied to the dataset of events to discover the best correlation conditions. Event logs are then built using such conditions. The technique has been semi-automated to facilitate its validation through an industrial case study involving a writer management system and a healthcare evaluation system. The study demonstrates that the technique is able to discover the correlation set and obtain well-formed event logs enabling business process mining techniques to be applied to traditional information systems.

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