Monday, February 13, 2012

TU/e newspaper Cursor interviews Ricardo Seguel - Ph.D. thesis

The newspaper Cursor of the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) has posted a short interview about my Ph.D. Thesis.

The online version of Cursor with the interview can be found here (see page 10).
The pdf version can be seen here.
The interview is in Dutch, but I reproduce the English version as follows:

1) What is shown on the cover of your thesis?
Since the title of the thesis includes the concept of flexibility, I wanted to show it with something that could represent it in the broader sense. I always wanted to include some of the works of M.C. Escher on the cover. For me the picture also represents the flexibility of human beings to adapt to diverse circumstances in life, like me and my wife coming from Chile to the Netherlands for four years. That's also the reason of the strip with orange and light blue.

2) How do you explain your research to others at a party (i.e., as simple as possible)?
As in the introduction of the thesis, I use the example of a translator that has to listen to business men that want to do business. The translator has to communicate both sides to avoid misunderstandings. In the context of Enterprise Information Systems (EIS), the translator represents the adaptor in the middle that enables the flexible integration of companies to form supply chains.

3) Which person, apparatus or technique has been indispensable for your research (and why)?
I believe that the structured way of working and clear objectives for the project were indispensable for finishing the thesis in less than 4 years. My supervisors were also key to guide me during my research. Without these 3 factors it’s really difficult to be on track during the Ph.D.

4) How will society benefit from your research?
In the mid-term we’ll see more and more companies collaborating in business networks, integrating their EIS. Those networks will enable global and complex collaboration between companies, which will allow the innovation of business models, services, business processes and technology that, indeed, will impact society with better products and services in every domain.
If you want to have access to the complete dissertation, please let me know by e-mail.


Thursday, February 02, 2012


We're happy to announce that BPM CHILE is now BPM LATAM!!
BPM CHILE was founded in 2007 and has become the main BPM center in Chile and with great impact in industry and academy. From this year BPM CHILE is renamed as BPM LATAM to best integrate the BPM and EA practitioners of Latin America.

Read more about BPM LATAM here:

Friday, August 12, 2011

Presentación en Taller Internacional BPM III - 4 Agosto 2011

Aquí están las slides de la charla que di el pasado 4 de Agosto en el Taller Internacional BPM III, en Santiago, Chile.
Tuvimos una muy buena discusión después de la charla, interesantes preguntas de la audiencia.

La charla da una mirada estratégica para decidir cómo comenzar a abordar BPM y la Arquitectura Empresarial en una organización. Es la Fase 0 (cero), en la cual se debe planificar y decidir cómo iniciar el camino.

La presentación se puede descargar aquí.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Proyectos grupales Curso Control Estratégico de Procesos de Negocios

Recientemente he dictado el curso Control Estratégico de Procesos de Negocios en el MBE (Master in Business Engineering) del Departmento de Ingeniería Industrial de la Universidad de Chile.
Los proyectos han sido desarrollados en el curso por 7 grupos de 3 estudiantes , analizando un log de ejemplo del proceso de compras de SAP. Cada grupo realizó minería de procesos (Process Mining) del log, descubriendo el proceso y luego analizando las 3 perspectivas: proceso, organización y casos. Además, cada grupo identificó y propuso iniciativas de mejoras al proceso.
Cada grupo utilizó Futura Reflect para realizar el proyecto de minería y análisis.

Los estudiantes realizaron el análisis de muy buena calidad en tan sólo 2 horas, lo cual demuestra la efectividad y eficiencia de Process Mining para el Control Estratégico de Procesos de Negocios. Aquí están las presentaciones de cada grupo con sus análisis, presentadas a un cliente ficticio.

  • Grupo 1 (Cristián Castillo, Leonardo Mazella, Aníbal Sotelo)
  • Grupo 2 (Litzy Castro, Alfredo Jaldin, Carlo Arambulo)
  • Grupo 3 (Karina Molina, Ruben Reyes, Alejandro Texeira)
  • Grupo 4 (Renzo Celedón, Matías Tobar, Rodrigo Echeverría)
  • Grupo 5 (Nestor Contreras, Elias Musalem, Jorge Pozo)
  • Grupo 6 (María José Gorigoitía, Sebastián Gutierrez, Isidora Vielma)
  • Grupo 7 (Hernán Bernales, Ismael Aguilera)

Ricardo Seguel

Thursday, August 04, 2011

Curso: Control Estratégico de Procesos de Negocios con Process Mining

Estimados alumnos,

Curso: Control Estratégico de Procesos de Negocios con Process Mining
Master in Business Engineering (MBE)

Contenidos para el control:
- Slides 1 de Agosto - Ricardo Seguel (Descargar aquí)
- Slides 2 de Agosto - Hugo Seguel (Descargar aquí)
- Paper Audit 2.0 (Descargar aquí)
- Reporte 3 BPM Chile: Control y Rediseño Estratégico de Procesos (Descargar aquí)

Paper para discusión 5 de Agosto:
- Paper Process Mining an Industrial Application (Descargar aquí)


Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Book: Troux Enterprise Architecture Solutions

Packt Publishing has just released the book Troux Enterprise Architecture Solutions, which is focused on aligning the IT portfolio to the strategy by defining an Enterprise Architecture, using the Troux EA solution.

Here there is a sample chapter.

Ricardo Seguel

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Successful Workshop BPM Chile Group

I'm very happy with the success of the BPM Workshop that I organized in Chile last August 12 with the BPM Chile Group together with the University of Chile. The event had 250+ people which are group members and among them there are consultants, managers and chiefs of IT and Process areas.

Fig. 1: at the right side the Chilean BPM experts and at the left side, part of the audience.

Fig.2: Hugo Seguel chairing the Workshop and me at the background

The pictures gallery is available here
The video of the complete Workshop is available here (in Spanish)

I'm very thankful of the Chilean BPM experts that gave the presentations and the University of Chile for supporting the organization of this great event. Thank you very much to the 250+ members attending the Workshop. Thank God it was a success.

Friday, May 14, 2010

To think about the Ph.D. thesis

This video inspires me. After 9 glorious years, Apu finished his Ph.D. in Computer Science to later throw it away.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Available technologies to implement an architecture based on SCA and BPEL

Trying to find a software package that meets all our requirements is always hard. This is even harder if the software is based on new technology standards. I've made a short list with the available software to implement a Service-oriented architecture (SOA) based on Service Component Architecture (SCA) and BPEL technology standards. I know that BPEL is not new, but even so it's hard to find a software package that implements SCA and BPEL together; see Table 1 below.

Technology SCA BPEL Comments
Tuscany+ODE X X open source, just one simple example, lack of doc.
X open source, no SCA supported, BPEL engine based on ODE
Petals X X open source, ESB-oriented, lack of examples and doc.
Fabric3 X
open source, no BPEL supported
Mule SCA X
open source, no BPEL supported
Newton X
open source, no BPEL supported
Paremus X
trial available, no BPEL supported
X trial available, no SCA supported
IBM WPS X X no trial available
Oracle SOA 11g X X trial available, many components, no examples

Table 1: SCA and BPEL software packages

The only feasible open source packages available today (March 2010) are Apache Tuscany + ODE, to implement an architecture that uses SCA and BPEL technologies.

The book "Understanding SCA" is a very good guide to start with SCA, but it shows just a chapter of how to use SCA with BPEL in a small example.
There is a coming book of "Tuscany in Action" that will show how to use SCA and BPEL too, but let's see if they show something more than a simple example.

Ricardo Seguel