Christoph Papenfuss

Data is my passion!

Welcome to the Performance Ideas blog! My name is Christoph Papenfuss and I have run this blog since October of 2010 with a few breaks here and there.

Christoph Papenfuss
Christoph Papenfuss

Analytics and data have been a passion of mine for a long time. As a management consultant at KPMG’s Silicon Valley office, I had the privilege of working with some of the most admired companies such as Apple, Electronic Arts and Daimler. Through a series of projects, I was able to witness the power of data while also realising how difficult it was for people & organisations to fully take control of their data tsunamis. During that time, I also started getting serious about cycling & running. A brutal travel regimen forced me to research how to properly train with a limited time budget. This led me to learn data driven training methods leveraging technology such as power meters for bikes. The effort paid off tremendously and I was officially hooked on data.

This passion led me to take on leadership roles in analytics companies such as Cognos, OSIsoft msg global and Tableau. It’s been a rewarding experience seeing the data & analytics space through the lens of these companies. Over the years, I also spent a lot of time speaking at international conferences about analytics related topics.  You can see me in action on the Video tab of this blog.

Today, I work for the Finnish software company Agile Data Engine. We are focused on providing companies with a single platform to automate and streamline their cloud data warehouse processes. It’s super cool technology and we are proud to have a large number of the top Finnish companies as happy customers.

The Performance Ideas blog is intended to share ideas, knowledge and passion for business & data. It’s an ever evolving field and my personal analytics journey is far from over. My bike, running shoes and wrists continue to be plastered with different sensors that help me gain new insights and stay on track with my training.

When I am not working, you can often spot me somewhere around the Bavarian Alps hiking with my family, riding my roadbike or taking photographs with one of my Fuji cameras.

Thanks much for your interest in this blog.

Christoph Papenfuss


Please note that this is a personal site and the views expressed in this blog are my own and are not necessarily representative of those of the companies that I am working for or have worked for in the past.


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2 responses to “Christoph Papenfuss”

  1. I am a career CFO and have been occupying the position of either CFO or Controller in different companies for the past 19 years. Throughout my entire career I have been placing the highest priority on Performance Analysis . Long time before KPIs and dashboards became familiar terms, I have been tailoring information into reports that facilitated best executive decision-making. I am glad that you have found the time to come back to writing your posts. If you have a moment to spare, please, check out my blog The Frustrated CFO at My focus lies in smaller entrepreneurial businesses and the blog covers broader issues related to the plight of financial executives employed by them. Nevertheless, you may find some of the issues interesting for yourself and your colleagues. Meanwhile, I will subscribe to your blog in anticipation of new posts.