I myself am not very good at keeping track what exactly each acronym means. So I thought it would be interesting to report and fix on virtual paper the exact wording and a rough explanation of the most frequent acronyms in sales, marketing and other very talkative meetings.
Here are three acronyms that kept popping up at the last meeting:
ETL means Extract, Transform, Load. Itrefers to the data processing in datawarehousing architectures:
1. Extract data from source files/Databases
2. Transform it to fit your goal (data cleaning, aggregation,etc ...)
3. Load it on your final target structure usually a database
KPI means Key Performance Indicator. It represents a measure of performance for your problem. KPIs can be plain numbers to measure the financial status of a company, dates to measure the advancement status of a project, percentages to monitor time evolution, till to more complex ad hoc developed measures. KPIs are the most common contents for company internal and external reports.
MIS stays for Management Information System. Itrepresents the process to produce the KPIs or other important company's information on a report.
DWH means Data WareHouse. This indicates the process to update the repository where the necessary information, including KPIs, is stored for the MIS to run and produce the MIS reports.