What Does a Business Intelligence Architect Do?
Business intelligence architects, known also as BI architects, work with organizations to develop data structures that help them drive their business and marketing strategies. The data are also used by the organization for identifying market trends. The role of the business intelligence architect requires design, development, implementation, and oversight of data structures, data warehousing, and repositories, as well as report preparation. They work extensively with software focused on market trends both historical and current to help create strategies for the organization. The BI architect works with legacy software and extracts data from it and loads the data into currently used software. They do this through a process called ETL, which stands for extract, transform, and load. Business intelligence architects work closely with other information technology specialists within an organization to ensure the optimization of existing data structures ensuring that both legacy data and current are seamlessly integrated into the organization's larger information technology network such that the data are readily available for decisions that drive the organization's business vision.
Business intelligence architects serve as data collectors from a number of sources ranging from past and current market trends to industry reports. They will often analyze competitive market strategies by studying similar products from other organizations and reporting the results of the analysis to the top executives. This reporting role also requires the business intelligence architect to make recommendations to optimize and solidify the organization's business and marketing efforts. The role of the business intelligence architect requires considerable expertise in a wide suite of software applications including marketing analysis applications, SQL database queries, and experience with SQL Server.
|Educational Requirements||Bachelor's degree; some employers prefer a master's degree|
|Job Skills||Strong knowledge of data warehousing and modeling, good verbal and written skills, strong analytical thinking and problem-solving abilities, considerable strength in database queries, strong IT skills|
|Median Salary (2019)*||$108,219|
|Job Outlook (2016-2026)**||9% (computer occupations, all other)|
Sources: *Payscale.com **U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)
A bachelor's degree in computer science or a related technical field is usually required. Some employers may prefer a master's degree. Several years of practical work experience is usually required with an established database platform.
Business intelligence architects require a strong knowledge of data warehousing and data modeling because they must be able to ensure that the organization's collective data, both past and current, are well structured and readily available. Strong information technology skills are imperative because the business intelligence architect must be able to move data from older applications and structures to new ones. Communication skills, both oral and written are important because the business intelligence architect must be able to communicate effectively with other information technology professionals within the organization to coordinate data storage and retrieval. They must also prepare reports for the organization's top executives as well as recommend strategies and actions based upon analyzed data.
Career Outlook and Salary
In 2019, Payscale.com reported that the annual median salary for business intelligence architects was $108,219. The BLS reported that job growth from 2016 to 2026 was 9% for the category of 'computer occupations, all other,' which includes business intelligence analysts (architects). According to the BLS, this 9% growth rate is average compared to all other occupations.
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