Business intelligence (BI) analysts help guide and improve the way that businesses' management staff foster collaboration within and between departments. Minimum educational requirements generally include a bachelor's degree in business administration or computer engineering. Additionally, individuals should have at least 1-2 years experience in a supervisory or administrative role within an organization.
Those who desire to work as a BI analyst should demonstrate a strong understanding of managerial and professional skill sets. BI analysts are generally tasked with collaborating with a team of cross-departmental managers, and are usually expected to be able to demonstrate excellent leadership capabilities. They should also be well versed in many different aspects of business administration. Presentation skills are also a must as BI analysts are often expected to chair meetings discussing organizational data and future directions of the company. Analysts should also be prepared to lead seminars training new managers on different aspects of business intelligence.
BI analysts should exhibit proficiency in many different Microsoft applications such as Word and Excel. Experience in an ERP system such as Oracle or SAP is usually considered a plus. It is also expected that analysts will naturally demonstrate superior creative thinking and decision making abilities consistently in their work. Finally, analysts should be capable of working within a diverse, global workforce that is consumer oriented.
Business Intelligence (BI) Analyst Tasks
- Proficient in the use of query and reporting analysis tools.
- Standardize data collection by developing methods for database design and validation reports.
- Provide application analysis and data modeling design to collect data for centralized data warehouse.
- Extract data from databases and data warehouses for reporting and to facilitate sharing between multiple data systems.