Systems and methods are disclosed for capturing data representative of user interactions with a desktop computer, and processing the capture data to identify and analyze business processes performed by the user. The disclosed system comprises listeners that capture key actuations, mouse-clicks, screen information, and other data representative of user interaction with a desktop computer. A desktop observer is provided to accept capture data from listeners, to temporarily store the capture data if necessary, and to pass the capture data to a process intelligence server. The process intelligence server includes a process discovery module the analyzes the capture data and identifies business processes corresponding to the capture data, or models business processes. A process data master storage is provided. A process analysis module is provided to determine performance metrics, best practices, application productivity impacts, compliance, and optimization analysis on the data stored in the process master storage. Methods are disclosed for capture, catalog, combination, correlation, change, compression, and certification.