Babylonstoren en de Kaapse Wijnlanden

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Blog geschreven door: Niels Doeleman
Winnaar van de Zuid-Afrika Game

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We komen rond vier uur aan bij Babylonstoren, een schitterend wine-estate. Een vrolijke gastheer wacht ons op en leidt ons eerst even rond langs de green-house, tuinen, wijnproeflokaal, het restaurant, de spa en de guest-lounge. Dan brengt hij ons naar onze kamers. Deze zijn gelegen in witte cottages waar vroeger de medewerkers op het landgoed hebben gewoond, zo stel ik me voor. Op de kamer staan een fles wijn en een kistje vers fruit op ons te wachten.  

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Kaapstad door de ogen van Niels Doeleman

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Talisman Travelogue

Blog geschreven door: Niels Doeleman
Winnaar van de Zuid-Afrika Game

Vrijdag
1 april was het zover, de reis naar Zuid-Afrika gaat eindelijk beginnen. Deze bestemming staat al lang op onze wish-list en nu gaan we er zomaar naartoe dankzij Talisman Travel design, National Geographic Traveler en South Africa Tourism!

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Athol Place & Johannesburg

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Blog geschreven door: Niels Doeleman
Winnaar van de Zuid-Afrika Game

Niels en Margo maakten een prachtige reis door Zuid-Afrika. Ze begonnen in Kaapstad, en reisden door naar het wijngebied en de Drakensbergen. De volgende stop: Johannesburg. 

Athol Place blijkt een oase van rust, weelde en luxe in de enorme metropool Johannesburg.
Als we aankomen worden we begroet en er wordt om onze paspoorten gevraagd om in te checken. Als het meisje van het hotel terug komt lacht ze vrolijk en roept ‘ah, we kunnen Nederlands praten, leuk!’ Ze blijkt stage te lopen voor haar studie Hotelschool in Den Haag en verlangt soms terug naar huis, al geniet ze volop van Zuid-Afrika. Ze vraagt ons of we willen dineren, vertelt hoe laat we kunnen ontbijten en wijst ons onze kamers.
Athol Place
De kamer is ronduit prachtig. Er staat ons een koude fles champagne op te wachten met een welkomstkaart waarop staat dat…

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15 considerations for Process Mining to work

Last Monday I did a lecture on Big Data and Process Mining for local government representatives of the Municipality of Eindhoven. The Uni. Eindhoven is home of process mining (see also: www.processmining.org) and the audience existed of people with a degree on Math, Statistics or other fields. They all had in common that they had a desire to better understand Big Data, Data analytics, Business Process Management and Process Mining. Since they are or were all working at the local government, I focussed my lecture on Process Mining within ‘small’ (governmental) organizations.

My assignment was to take people along in the practical side of process mining and to show them some cases. There were a lot of questions and there was also a lot of discussion. What should have been a 1,5 hour lecture started at 12:30 and ended at 17:30. A great afternoon with great input and remarks. With these people with all kinds of backgrounds the angles to look at Big Data and Process Mining were refreshing.

In the end we determined that for Process Mining to work in organizations these are 15 important considerations:

  1. Process Mining is a rather new field of science and expertise. It is still much driven by scientists. Translation to practical means is important and the input of people from practices is cardinal.
  2. Big Data is hot and therefore all adjacent fields of research seem to be hot as well. However Process Mining and Process Analytics are more than a hype. They are the next step in BPM and the practical side of Data Science.
  3. Digitalization and other developments such as IoT will create opportunities (and need) for Process Mining rapidly.
  4. Small organizations and local governments currently are ‘smelling’ and ‘tasting’, but it will take some time before they can start ‘cooking’ themselves. Collaboration and cooperation will be crucial for success.
  5. For Process Mining to work later, you need to make long term decisions on (target, system, enterprise) architecture now, in terms of event-logging, process supporting/enabling systems, Service oriented architecture, mash-ups and data gathering.
  6. To start with Process Mining; the Conformance or Extension method will probably work best and demand less effort and investments compared to Process Discovery.
  7. For Process Mining to work you should start with creating value-streams (step 1). High level chains that shows the business functions and added-value in your organization and the way this added-value is delivered through processes.
  8. You don’t have to model processes in detail since that is one of the big advantages of Process Mining (step 2.).
  9. However, there is big (change management and awareness) value in the workshops, brown-papers and interviews as well. Therefore you might want to consider to use these instruments after you have created process models from event-log data.
  10. For Process Mining to work you need to have knowledge  of (or access to) data analytics.
  11. Be aware what your strategic (process) goals are (specially in fast changing environments).
  12. Uniformity and cost reduction may no longer be your biggest trigger. More and more organizations are aware that customization and personalization are becoming more important. Therefore inefficient processes that are customer focussing may no longer fall out of the bell-chart.
  13. Create a clear overview of costs for implementation and maintenance of the event-logs, data, algorithms, process models and the benefits in terms of optimization.
  14. Be aware of the seven big data V’s (http://dataconomy.com/seven-vs-big-data/).
  15. Take notice of compliance regulations from privacy and security legislation and (internal) principles. (http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/jun/20/little-privacy-in-the-age-of-big-data and http://www.computerweekly.com/feature/How-to-tackle-big-data-from-a-security-point-of-view)

In the end we concluded that Big Data will change. Data gathering will no longer be the goal. Big Data and Data gathering will be used for clear purposes such as real-time Process Management by Process Mining and Analytics. The developments are unstoppable and fastening rapidly. Organizations, also small ones (including governmental) had better be ready! Just like a lot of ‘traditional’ organizations missed the web-shop boat, you don’t want to mis the Process Mining and Data analytics boat!

Joshua, head guide on the great Kilimanjaro mountain

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Thank you for letting me walk in your footsteps. You brought me up that mountain. Every time I looked at you in pain an suffering, I saw your patience, trust and understanding. Although you have been on the mountain more than a hundred times with over hundreds of people, you are still capable to find patience and understanding for each individual.

Once I had a lecture of a great man, who endured great suffering caused by South African’s regime of apartheid. He thought us that although you suffer and live in great fear, you have to look up! We all have skills and capabilities that we need to apply in life to make our world a better place. The moment he could, he started studying and ended up being a world wide famous Prof. on leadership. He once created a list with people he honoured and then started to actually visit them. Great names like Kissinger, Tutu and Mandela. 

You Joshua made me see that great people are not always great names. Your leadership skills being the leader of an expedition of over 150 people is a great example to me. You trust, you don’t necessarily control. However by trusting your people you have it all under control, knowing that each one next in line knows perfectly what to do and how to do it. Thank you so much for your guidance and lesson! Asante Sana!

(It takes 10 to 16 years of experience on the mountain before one can become a licensed head guide. Even then you have to take numerous tests. Being a head guide takes great responsibility since you are responsible for the wellbeing of over 150 people. You have to make decisions that aren’t always in line with what the (Western) mind thinks is demanded. Your decisions sometimes actually determine life or death. see also: http://www.mountkilimanjaroguide.com/kilimanjaro-guides.html)

06/09-2 War Child Kilichallenge – Zanzibar

De paar dagen Zanzibar doen me goed. De pijn in mijn benen gaat weg. Ik eet goed en gezond, ga snorkelen en relax op het strand. Ik merk dat ik ook emotioneel moet aansterken. IMG_3015

Het voelt alsof ik iets heb meegemaakt met een impact vergelijkbaar met het verliezen van een goede vriend of het krijgen van je eerste kind. Dat klinkt heftig maar is wel hoe het voelt.

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Alle felicitaties via social-media zijn geweldig en doen me erg goed!

Zou ik het weer doen?

Een volmondig JA!….. Maar pin me er niet op vast.

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Graag wil ik al mijn teamleden van Groep 28 heel hartelijk danken voor het vertrouwen, de rust, de geborgenheid, zorg, de lach en de traan. Een unieke ervaring met unieke mensen! Asante Sana!B9yrMxrCEAEsLpQ

Ook wil ik al mijn donateurs en sponsoren bedanken. De actie voor War Child is een geweldig succes met een tussenstand van meer dan €400.000,- opbrengst. Hiervan kunnen 34.000 kinderen worden geholpen in oorlogssituaties. Zij krijgen daardoor een betere toekomst en mijn droom is dat zij het verschil zullen maken in hun eigen omgeving!

Dan wil ik mijn sponsoren en partners bedanken. Magnus Technology Consultants, Eurogroup Consulting, InQdo, Econsultancy, Kunstenmakers, bQuind en The Good Work.

Als laatst wil ik Margo, Laurens en Bram bedanken aan wie ik vaak heb gedacht en die mijn grote inspiratie zijn. Zij stonden vanaf dag 1 achter mijn missie en hebben me met raad, daad en actie bijgestaan in de voorbereiding.

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