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Category Archives: BI Training

09/30
2011

Top Data Analysts Must ‘Speak the Language of the Business’

data analysts must speak the language of business Top Data Analysts Must Speak the Language of the BusinessAnalytics professionals do best if they can succeed in three types of skills: technical, business thinking and “intangibles,” according to Kaiser Fung (@junkcharts), Vice President of Strategic Analytics at Sirius XM Radio, and the author of Numbers Rule Your World: The Hidden Influence of Probability and Statistics on Everything You Do.

Fung points out that business thinking – how to teach data analysts to talk to the business in language the business understands - is often the hardest to develop because colleges and grad schools (outside of business schools) just don’t teach it. For him, intangibles are the hardest to find, mainly because it’s impossible to gauge them in an interview.

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09/27
2011

Ease-of-Use Key to Consumerization of BI

ease of use BI software1 300x225 Ease of Use Key to Consumerization of BIConventional BI, it seems, has a New Year’s resolution problem. As with eating better and working out more, everyone agrees that BI is a great idea, and resolves to put it to work. But the resolutions don’t last past January, or even past the first week.

According to Gartner Research, even when organizations have standard BI platforms of choice, only 28% of the potential users of these tools are actually employing them. Gartner identifies three main reasons for this non-use: they are hard to use, slow-running, or they don’t produce relevant results.

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07/13
2011

Why Training is Top Factor in BI Success

Future of Business Intelligence is Education 300x225 Why Training is Top Factor in BI SuccessMike Ferguson (@mikeferguson1), an independent business intelligence analyst, recently Tweeted “Collaborative BI and Mobile BI are a no brainer…you have to be able to collaborate with others to act on BI from a mobile device.”

It seems Ferguson’s assumption is a hot topic in the BI space today. For instance, Wayne Kernochan breaks down the widely quoted Gartner statistic that 70 to 80 percent of projects fail to be all about collaboration in a recent Enterprise Apps Today article.

His premise is that the collaboration has to occur not just at the top levels of IT and business, but at the developer and data miner level. Kernochan’s article surmises that all three opinions in the article – his own, the Gartner analyst’s and industry consultant Jill Dyche’s (@jilldyche) – lead to the same conclusion, “There needs to be effective communication between the business with its needs and the computing arm that attempts to respond to those needs.”

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07/11
2011

Business Intelligence Training: Are Colleges or Companies Responsible?

Future of Business Intelligence is Education 300x225 Business Intelligence Training: Are Colleges or Companies Responsible?I recently discussed how the future of business intelligence is in education. Now the question of who is responsible for BI and data analytics training – companies or colleges – is becoming a hot topic as the need for data analytics talent grows.

We discovered one school of thought through Henry Morris, SVP for software and technology research groups at IDC. He recently wrote a two-part blog series covering how universities need to move beyond training just IT students in analytics platforms.

In the second post of the series, he covered how advanced analytics talent is coming from a different background than traditional IT. He also laid out the types of training students need at the university level, which includes an analytics unit for students studying IT as well as finance, marketing and supply chain management.

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