Career Opportunities

The Demand for BI Skills

Gartner, Inc. recently made five predictions for Business Intelligence (BI) between 2009-2012:

  1. Through 2012, more than 35 percent of the top 5,000 global companies will regularly fail to make insightful decisions about significant changes in their business and markets.
  2. By 2012, business units will control at least 40 percent of the total budget for BI.
  3. By 2010, 20 percent of organizations will have an industry-specific analytic application delivered via software as a service (SaaS) as a standard component of their BI portfolio.
  4. In 2009, collaborative decision making will emerge as a new product category that combines social software with BI Platform capabilities.
  5. By 2012, one-third of analytic applications applied to business processes will be delivered through coarse-grained application mashups.

The growing interest in BI is creating new employment opportunities. Within this field, an individual can participate in numerous areas, including planning, design, development, deployment, maintenance and support. The roles range from business analyst to technical architect to project manager. Each of these roles requires a blend of business knowledge, technical expertise and people skills.

Preparing for a Career in BI

Canadian universities are responding to the demand for BI professionals with new courses and programs, mainly within the areas of computer science and management. Computer science professionals are often leading the development of new BI solutions in industry. To find out about the CS programs offered at NSERC BIN's partner universities, click here.

Community colleges provide courses and programs that include elements of BI, with a focus on e-commerce and specific software applications.

Other sources for BI professional development include industry workshops, educational conferences, magazines and journals.

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