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Importing from Extensible Event Stream with Quickstarts

The Extensible Event Stream (XES) file format is used primarily in academic institutions. The IEEE 1849-2016 XES Standard begins:

The XES standard defines a grammar for a tag-based language whose aim is to provide designers of information systems with a unified and extensible methodology for capturing systems behaviors by means of event logs and event streams is defined in the XES standard.

You can use Quickstarts to automatically import files in .XES format up to 1GB.

Steps to import from .XES files with Quickstarts

The steps to import from .XES files are:

  1. Run Quickstarts.

    Depending on your configuration, you might see it in the left navbar. Otherwise, you can access Quickstarts through Studio.

    Launch the Quickstarts feature
  2. Click the XES file tile.

  3. Drag your file to the Upload data dropzone.


    Alternatively you can click Browse to search for the file, or click demo to use our sample data to test the upload.

  4. Check that the data types are correct.

    When Quickstarts looks at a file, it attempts to understand the data types. Usually it's successful but it's impossible to get it right every time. For example, the date and time stamp looks like a string but, really, it's a datetime data type. So it's a good idea to check manually.


    For more information, take a look at Understanding date and time formats.

  5. Click on the column that contains the Case ID.

    This is simply to show Quickstarts where it can find the Case ID.

  6. Click on the column that contains the Activity name.

  7. Click on the column that contains the Timestamp.

  8. Choose a Sorting column and click Next.

    We'll use the to organize your data. You can ignore this step if you want to.

Quickstarts can now process your data. It does all the heavy lifting for you. The processing time depends on how much data you are working with.

What happens now?

When Quickstarts completes the ingestion of your data, you're all set to go!

You'll land in a ready-to-use Process Workspace in a component of Celonis Platform called Business Miner. Select the question that you want to answer and start mining! Take a look at the Business Miner documentation to discover all the things you can do next.

A Process Workspace is where all Business Miner content is stored. It’s also where you collaborate with colleagues. To make life easy, Quickstarts automatically creates a Process Workspace for you.


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