What technical skills and business skills are required for a business intelligence (BI) career?
You're right to recognize that business intelligence (BI) professionals need both technical and business skills for their BI job to be successful. As far as technical skills for a BI career, I would say SQL is a core skill that companies are looking for. Then depending on your career direction, I would suggest learning one of the major reporting tools and/or ETL tools in the market. If you want to be more on the front end (reporting), try to get experience in Business Objects, Cognos, Microstrategy, Hyperion or SSRS. If you want to be more on the back end (ETL) learn Informatica, Datastage or Ab Initio. Oracle and DB2 are the major databases.
On the business side of a BI career, communication skills rule. Take a public speaking class. Good communication helps bridge the gap between business and IT.
Dig Deeper on Business activity monitoring software
Related Q&A from Matt Mueller
IT professionals who want to move into business intelligence roles should take classes, advises careers expert Matt Mueller -- or accept an ... Continue Reading
While technology, healthcare and retail companies are currently hiring more BI analysts than other types of organizations, careers expert Matt ... Continue Reading
Hadoop and big data technologies may grab headlines, but there's still a place for traditional data warehousing skills, according to careers expert ... Continue Reading