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Published on November 8, 2012

Author: jgzheng


Jack G. Zheng 1

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 What is BI? What is the job prospects of BI? Why should higher education care about BI? What are the ways to offer BI education? ◦ BI for security management? ◦ BI for health informatics? How’s BI education in Metro Atlanta? 3

 Business Intelligence is a set of methods, processes, architectures, applications, and technologies that transform raw data into meaningful and useful information used to enable more effective strategic, tactical, and operational insights and decision-making. - Forrester 4

 Data management ◦ Data warehouse, data integration, data modeling, etc. Data analysis ◦ Query, OLAP, analytics, data mining, etc. Presentation and delivery ◦ Reports, business information visualization, dashboards, etc. ◦ Portal, knowledge management, web/mobile platform, etc. (Business) Applications ◦ Market research, strategic planning, budgeting, performance management, CRM, etc. 5

 Market growth ◦ Forrester Research expects the BI market to generate more than $12 billion in revenue in 2014, vs. $8.5 billion in 2008. Job demand ◦ BI software tops the list of technology priorities for companies since 2007 (first from 2007 to 2009); only 27 percent of CIOs believe that they have the right number of skilled people to meet business needs – Gartner EXP CIO survey. Growing student interests ◦ BI Congress survey ◦ My own experience 6

Data from BI Congress Survey 2010 7

 Business skills requirements ◦ Generate standard or custom reports summarizing business, financial, or economic data for review by executives, managers, clients, and other stakeholders. ◦ Analyze competitive market strategies through analysis of related product, market, or share trends. ◦ Collect business intelligence data from available industry reports, public information, field reports, or purchased sources. ◦ Maintain library of model documents, templates, or other reusable knowledge assets. Technical skill requirements ◦ Create business intelligence tools or systems, including design of related databases, spreadsheets, or outputs. ◦ Maintain or update business intelligence tools, databases, dashboards, systems, or methods. ◦ Provide technical support for existing reports, dashboards, or other tools. 8

Data from BI Congress Survey 2010 9

Data from BI Congress Survey 2010 10

Data from BI Congress Survey 2010 11

 Gartner Reports: ◦ By 2012, business units will control at least 40 per cent of the total budget for BI. ◦ IT divisions excel at building BI infrastructure; but business users have lost confidence in the ability of them to deliver the information they need to make decisions. ◦ Business units drive analysis and performance management initiatives, mainly using spreadsheets plus analytic and packaged business applications to automate the process. 12

 A combination of business knowledge and BI tool training Understanding of the business ◦ Prepared student with solid business background ◦ Incorporate real world application domains and cases, like marketing, finance, sales, etc. Effectively use IT tools ◦ Spreadsheet-based analysis and reporting is still common ◦ OLAP application is common in today’s business to work with large quantity of data ◦ Work with multiple heterogeneous data sources ◦ Business information presentation (through charting and dashboard tools) is important ◦ Use the right tool to design and deliver reports ◦ Rely on IT tools for advanced analytics 13

 BI content in existing non-BI courses BI courses BI tracks, concentrations, or minors BI certificate/degree programs Data from BI Congress Survey 2010 14

 Introductory/overview course Courses that focus on a particular BI component ◦ Data: data warehouse, data modeling, data integration ◦ Analysis: business analytics, statistics, data mining ◦ Presentation: report design, business information visualization, dashboards Management oriented courses ◦ BI delivery/management ◦ Domain specific BI: finance, marketing, performance management, security, health care, web analytics, etc. Advanced/specialized topics ◦ Visual analytics 15

 Saint Joseph’s University: undergraduate minor in BI, and MS in BI ◦ ml The University of Northern Virginia: Master of Business Intelligence ◦ Texas Tech University: MSBA BI ◦ University of Denver: MSBI ◦ greesprograms/graduate/graduate.html 16

 Foundation (prerequisite) courses ◦ Database, system analysis, business analysis An example BI track (3 to 4 courses) ◦ 1 BI overview course ◦ 1 or 2 courses focusing on a BI component ◦ 1 domain specific course An example BI program (6 to 8 courses) ◦ 2 to 3 core courses: BI overview, OLAP and query ◦ 3 to 4 specialized courses  Analysis/management track: business information visualization, performance management, knowledge management, health informatics, financial modeling, etc.  Technical/development track: data warehouse, data mining, report and dashboard design, BI system development. ◦ 1 or 2 selective courses on advanced/special topics 17

 Academic resources ◦ Teradata University Network ◦ AIS DSS-SIG ◦ BI Congress Industry software support Data from BI Congress Survey 2010 18

 GATech: no major courses known Emory ◦ Business college: 2 or 3 courses that focused on analytics (using spreadsheets) ◦ CS: courses focused on database and data mining GSU ◦ Business college: a general BI course and a data mining course is offered as electives in the management science department (both under and graduate level) ◦ CS: focused on data mining and artificial intelligence SPSU ◦ Engineering oriented; very few business oriented courses; a few courses focused on data management KSU ◦ A track with 2 courses focused on data warehouse and data mining (electives) Mercer: none 19

 BI is a discipline that combines the skills in business and information technology BI market is growing as well as the job demand Very few educational resources are provided in metro Atlanta universities 20

 Wixom, B. H. and T. Ariyachandra (2011). State of Business Intelligence in Academia 2010, BI Congress II. D. J. Power, A Brief History of Decision Support Systems, version 4.1 ◦ Gartner reports and new release ◦ Forrester, Topic Overview: Business Intelligence ◦ business_intelligence/q/id/39218/t/2 21

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