Knowledge base

As a learning organisation, element61 stimulates its consultants to further build on their already vast experiences through investments in a personal development plan and a company-wide content development initiative. Through formal training, presence at industry events, networking, recommended reading and internet based information exchange, our consultants further dive into specialized topics of their own interest.
These result in what we call "Insights", own produced research content, often complemented by personal experiences and opinions. Below you can find our currently published list of Insights.
Informatica Informatica is an independent company providing data-integration software and services. Founded in 1993, Informatica employs more then 1.400 employees and has more than 3.000 customers worldwide, including 91 of the Fortune 100 companies...
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Tom Graft
Introduction Data quality is an often underestimated topic within data warehouse & business intelligence solutions. Most companies are content in their belief that their data is good enough, although they have no factual basis for that belief...
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Werner Engelen
Scorecarding, a powerful management instrument Introduction Scorecards are a very powerful management instrument. They are at the heart of a Performance Management architecture and they display some well-chosen metrics, including targets and their...
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Kris Bouckaert
In October 2008, we published the below Insight " Best Practices in Modelling IBM Cognos 8 Semantic Layers " on our website. Since then, this page has become the most visited page on our website, with over 50.000 pageviews since publication, clearly...
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Tom Graft
Extraction, Transformation & Loading : often expensive ! ETL or the art of extracting, transforming and loading data is a key process in developing and maintaining a data warehouse, the foundation for sound Performance Management. It can however...
Jan Claes
Introduction Over the past years, Microsoft has been building –slowly but certainly- its Business Intelligence & Performance Management vision & product stack. Despite Microsoft's roots and its reputation for building user friendly end...
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Mathias Leupe
Introduction In the last decade the business intelligence market has been relatively fragmented with a lot of different vendors offering open solutions, which were designed to operate with a large variety of different databases, data-sources (ERP,...
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Jelle Daems
Spreadsheets are everywhere. They enable us to quickly perform analysis that would otherwise be difficult or time consuming to prepare. We all use them because we love the flexibility that comes with them and the undue trust we trend to place in the...
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Stijn Vermeulen
2007 has been quite an amazing year for the market of Business Intelligence and Corporate Performance Management. More than 15 billion $ was spent in Mergers & Acquisitions, mainly by the software industry giants SAP, Oracle & IBM, to...
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Stijn Vermeulen
Introduction As solutions for Planning & Budgeting further merge with solutions for "classical” Business Intelligence, Performance Management professionals increasingly need to reflect on an information technology architecture that...
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Toon Puissant