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Business Intelligence (BI), or “business intelligence”, refers to a set of processes, technologies and skills used to transmit relevant information to business managers to facilitate their decision-making. Specifically, it involves analyzing huge amounts of data to identify trends and develop the company’s activity accordingly. While data storage capacity is increasing, BI experts are still highly sought-after talent.

In our day and age, using data strategically is critical to outperforming competitors and increasing profitability. A company that uses Business Intelligence (BI) is five times more likely to make faster and more informed decisions. That is why the sector is booming and generating ever more revenue year after year. According to a study by Zion Market Research, the market is expected to approach $43 billion by 2028 with a compound annual growth rate of around 8.6%.

However, despite the value of this profession and the increasing demand for BI skills, the talent is not always there. France is facing a shortage of computer scientists. Is “making the data speak” and spotting trends in it an activity that fascinates you? Then BI is for you! But be careful, the sector is very large and includes many different areas to specialize in. Despite a fresh and excellently obtained diploma, it is therefore not always easy to find the job that corresponds to one’s skills.

Training that takes into account real needs

Big Data Architect, Business Intelligence Manager, Data Analyst, Data Scientist, consultant etc. Not all of these BI occupations require the same skills. Not to mention that the technologies implemented are constantly evolving. In this context, some organizations offer training and support to complete skills and quickly find a job.

This is the case, for example, of the Village de l’Emploi (VDE), which has been held for more than twenty years in Paris and aims to democratize access to careers in information technology (IT) so that anyone can enter the sector. VDE brings together candidates, teachers and employers to speed up the participant’s professional course and at the same time help him find a job. He thus benefits from personal support, over 2 to 9 months, which guarantees him employment if he takes his education seriously.

It is more and more difficult for young graduates to enter the labor market, also in the IT sector, which contains many special conditions. The idea of ​​VDE is in a way to train graduates who will respond very precisely to market demand. ” The Employment Village is a transmission belt that allows these young people to move from sectors that no longer recruit or are unsatisfactory to a future sector and bearer of a great career: IS [ndlr : systèmes d’information] “, said Point Akour Ahmed, computer engineer and trainer at VDE.

This completely free program has already created thousands of jobs since its existence. The partner companies finance the training and in return the student agrees to work for three years in the company at the end of his training.

A job with many skills

Business Intelligence encompasses several aspects, and this is also one of the strengths of this industry: being an expert in this subject requires mastering a lot of skills, even if you are more specialized in one area than the other. This makes it easier to develop throughout your career, including within companies in different sectors of activity, for example moving from “backend” BI (creation of data visualization tools) to “frontend” BI (presentation and communication of data).

A career in BI typically develops strong communication and problem-solving skills, as well as business management and data analysis—talents that will make you a well-rounded professional capable of any type of position. Also note that the profession is quite well paid: according to the DataCareer site, in 2018 a new entry-level BI analyst could demand almost €50k annually in France.

What skills are needed for a career in BI? To begin with, the SQL language is unavoidable: It is the BI language that allows you to manage and manipulate data. An appetite for data analysis – including statistics – and problem solving (thanks to data) is of course essential. Some basic knowledge of the targeted sector of activity (health, automotive, banking, etc.) would be welcome to understand the issues (and to be able to resolve issues).

Another fundamental aspect of the job is to transfer the conclusions of your analysis to decision makers (or any other concerned professional). This requires communication and extension skills. This transmission can be based on data visualization tools (graphs, reports) which must be mastered. Finally, a BI analyst or developer sometimes needs to exercise persistence and tenacity: even seemingly innocuous data can contain actionable information.

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