Tom Graft

Tom Graft - element61
Business Analytics experience
19 years
Director Business Analytics
Tom has been working in Business Intelligence & Data Warehousing since 2000, counting over 17 years+ of experience with IBM Cognos Business Intelligence.
 
After graduating in Applied Information Technology, Tom started his career as Information Analyst at EDS in 1997. He contributed in several projects for various customers (St-Jude Medical, Atlas Copco, General Motors, DHL, Carlson Wagonlit, Ministerie van de Vlaamse Gemeenschap). Over time, Tom evolved from operational ERP implementation projects, were he gained a lot of insight into various business domains and operations, to Business Intelligence & data warehousing. He took up roles as data warehouse designer and ETL developer and became an expert in Cognos Business Intelligence.
 
Tom joined Cognos in 2005, where he worked as Senior Business Intelligence consultant in various missions, going from firefighting and problem solving at customers, to helping and assisting them to work according best practices in their BI journey. Next to this, Tom joined the European Cognos competence team, where he became Cognos BI Migration specialist and Configuration & Installation specialist for both Cognos BI, Cognos Planning and Cognos Controller. Tom instructed also the complete Cognos BI curriculum both as classroom trainings and on-site customized trainings.
 
In 2008, Tom decided not to join IBM (after the Cognos acquisition), but started to work as a consultant, mainly for IKEA and Inter IKEA Centre Group. Here Tom supported various parts of the business mainly in Finance (including working with Cognos Controller as source) but also Distribution, Retail and IT. Tom was able to work as a very broad skilled consultant with contribution in various roles going from business analysis, data modelling and solution design, project management, ETL and reporting development to supporting as IBM Cognos subject matter lead in the governance track of the Future BI Landscape pre-study at IKEA.
 
Tom has a broad proven track record of over 17 years within the IBM Cognos Business Intelligence stack, both functionally and technically. Over the past years, Tom also added IBM Cognos Disclosure Management and the integration of Cognos Controller and Cognos TM1 -including FAP- to his skillset. Tom also is a specialist in multi-server, multi-product installations & upgrades of IBM Cognos BI, IBM Cognos TM1 and IBM Cognos Controller in integrated environments, where all IBM Cognos Business Analytics modules are combined.
 
Next to the technical/hands-on assignments, Tom is also helping customers with interim BI management and coaching.
 
In 2017 Tom joined the management team as Business Analytics Director.
 
In his spare time, Tom enjoys wining and dining, spending time in the city or in the park with the family. After being active football player, Tom took up a position in the board of his team.