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Presentation of the course CourseIntroductionandObjectives-1.pdf

Enterprises today are driven by data. "Business Intelligence allows people of all levels in organizations to access, interact with, and analyze data to manage the business, improve the performance, discover opportunities, and operate efficiently" (Cindi Howson, Successful BI, McGrawHill).

However, the degree to which BI solutions can be successfully adopted within organizations depend to a great extent on the degree to which business and IT experts can partner together. The objective of this course is to form Advanced Business Users of BI applications, with a deep understanding of the business needs and a good understanding of technology. The Advanced Business User understands the business and how to leverage technology to improve it, leads the interpretation of business requirements and strategic objectives, and helps designing reports to answer business questions.

The course is in two parts:

  • PART A: Business Intelligence and Social Analytics 6CFU Instructor: Prof. Paola Velardi velardi AT di.uniroma1.it
  • PART B: Process modeling 3CFU Instructor: Prof. Paolo Bottoni bottoni AT di.uniroma1.it

Schedule and Exams (read carefully!)

Class days (2018):

Monday 11-13, Tuesday 16-18, Thursday 16-18

  • PART A: September-November (Prof. Paola Velardi)
  • PART B: November-December (Prof. Paolo Bottoni)
  • LAB: During PART A, about 8 lessons will be held in the laboratory (year 2019: Ground Floor Lab) for practical applications using IBM Watson Studio in cooperation with IBM tutors.
Exam PART A:
  • Written test: 50%
  • Project on selected business problems using Watson Studio: 50%. Please follow carefully GuidelinesBproject.pdf (NOTE: to be updated for AA 2019-20)for creating your project. Projects can be submitted by teams of two - three is also ok, but I expect something more.

Exam Part B: BPM Project

The final grade is the weighted sum of BI (2/3) and BPM (1/3) grades.

IMPORTANT: INFOSTUD sessions have a start date and an end date. This is because I can't register a grade until you don't pass the test, and deliver the BI and BPM projects. So, there is not one single date I can establish. Usually, you can only see the start date of an exam session on Infostud. THIS IS NOT the date of the test! Usually, there are two test dates within any session. You can register for a test through the Google form I circulate before any test date. Please remember to register on Infostud IF you believe that during the session (winter or summer) you will be able to obtain a final grade - based on the result of a test, and the 2 projects.

ERASMUS STUDENTS: depending on the signed learning agreement, some Erasmus students may attend only the BI part (6 credits) and obtain a grade for this part of the course. However, these students must show their learning agreement to prove that they only need 6 CFU.

Suggested Text Books

  • Cindi Howson "Successful Business Intelligence" Second Edition, Mc Graw Hill
  • Ramesh Sharda, Dursun Deelen and Efraim Turban "Business Intelligence: A Managerial Perspective on Analytics" Third Edition, Pearson
  • Rick Sherman "Business Intelligence Guidebook" Morgan Kauffmann
  • Course slides and use cases

  • M. Dumas, M. La Rosa, J. Mendling, H. A. Reijers, Fundamentals of Business Process Management, Springer, 2013
  • W. van der Aalst, K. Van Hee, Workflow Management: Models, Methods, and Systems, MIT Press, 2004
  • M. Weske, Business Process Management. Concepts, Languages, Architectures, Springer, 2012
  • Course slides



  • Subscribe to Google Group (Prof. Velardi) Business Intelligence 2019 on Google Groups
  • NOTE: Lessons will regularly start on Monday 23rd.
  • LABS : From October, Thursday 10th and until November, Thursday 21, Thursday's lessons will be held in DIDALAB, 1st floor, sector C. Please obtain credentials BEFORE first lab (see how in first Lab's slides).

List of topics and slides(TBU= slides To be Updated, do not download until updated):

Part B (Prof. Bottoni)

Visual Paradigm supports Sapienza University of Rome with UML tools and ERD tools under the Visual Paradigm Academic Training Partner Program.

The module provides an introduction to the main concepts, models, languages and tools relative to Business Process and Workflow Management.

Subscribe to Google Group (Prof. Bottoni) BPMBottoni

This part of the course will be assessed through the presentation of work based on a case study described here


Topic 1: Introduction to Business Process Modeling

a. General view of modeling

b. General notion of process

c. Modeling of control flow, data flow, resource allocation


Topic 2: Formal models and standards for Business Process


b. BPMN Block2IntroductionToBPMN.pdf Block5AdvancedBPMModeling.pdf Lesson6Coreographies.pdf

Topic 3: Workflow patterns

a. Flow patterns

b. Resource patterns

Topic 4: The process-modeling process

a. Process identification Block3ProcessIdentification.pdf

b. Process discovery Block4ProcessDiscovery.pdf

b. Process analysis

b1. Qualitative Block7Qualitative.pdf

b2. Quantitative Lesson8Quantitative.pdf Lesson9QuantitativeQueue.pdf

d. Process re-design Lesson10ProcessRedesign.pdf

e. Process mining Lesson11ProcessMining.pdf

Topic 5: Tools for Business Process and Workflow Management

a. Visual paradigm


c. Signavio

Use cases, datasets and readings (PART A)




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