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

In our day and age, the strategic use of data is crucial to outperform competitors and increase profitability. A company using Business Intelligence (BI) is five times more likely to make faster, more informed decisions. The sector is therefore on the rise and is generating more and more income year after year. According to a survey by Zion Market Research, the market is expected to approach $43 billion by 2028, with a compound annual growth rate of approximately 8.6%.

But despite the value of this profession and the growing demand for BI skills, talent isn’t always there. France is facing a shortage of computer scientists. Is “letting the data speak” and identifying trends in it an activity that fascinates you? Then BI is for you! But be aware, the industry is very large and includes many different areas to specialize in. Thus, despite a recently and brilliantly obtained diploma, it is not always easy to find the job that suits 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 professions require the same skills. Not to mention that the technologies implemented are constantly evolving. In this context, some organizations provide training and support to complete skills and quickly find a job.

This is the case, for example, for the Village de l’Emploi (VDE), which has been held in Paris for more than twenty years and which aims to democratize access to careers in information technology (IT) so that everyone can enter. The VDE brings together candidates, trainers and employers to accelerate the participant’s vocational training and at the same time help him find a job. He thus benefits from a personalized support, for 2 to 9 months, which guarantees him employment if he takes his training seriously.

It is increasingly difficult for young graduates to enter the labor market, moreover in the IT sector, which has many specific characteristics. In a sense, the idea of ​​the VDE is to train candidates who will respond very precisely to the demand from the market. ” The Employment Village is an incentive to move these young people from sectors that are no longer recruiting or unsatisfactory, to a sector of the future and carrier of a great career: IS [ndlr : systèmes d’information] “said the Point Akrour Ahmed, computer engineer and trainer at the VDE.

This completely free program has created thousands of jobs since its inception. The partner companies fund the training and in return the student agrees to work within the company for three years at the end of their training.

A multi-skilled profession

Business Intelligence encompasses multiple aspects and it is also one of the strengths of this industry: being an expert in this field requires mastering many skills, even if you are more specialized in one area than another. This makes it easier to evolve during your career, also within companies in different sectors of activity, for example the transition from “backend” BI (creation of data visualization tools) to the “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 make you a versatile professional capable of performing any type of job. Also note that the profession is paid quite well: according to the DataCareer site, in 2018 a novice BI analyst could claim almost €50k per year in France.

What skills are needed for a career in BI? To start with, the SQL language is unavoidable: it is THE BI language with which you can manage and manipulate data. A thirst 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.) is welcome in order to understand the problems (and to solve problems).

Another fundamental aspect of the work is to communicate to decision makers (or other professionals involved) the conclusions drawn from your analysis. This requires communication and extension skills. This transfer may be based on data visualization tools (graphs, reports), which must be mastered. Finally, sometimes a BI analyst or developer must show tenacity and perseverance: even seemingly innocuous data can contain useful information.

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