The Business Intelligence (BI) skills you need for a career and to highlight on your resume vary based on if you want to be a back-end or front-end BI professional. To explain the difference, a back-end BI pro is more technical in nature and often builds the BI platforms like visualization tools as well as cleaning the data inputs.

On the contrast, a front-end BI pro is geared more towards presenting and communicating data to others. Regardless of the career direction you choose, you will need some shared skill sets and a few specialized to your focus of front- or back-end BI.

Skills for Back-End and Front-End BI

SQL Programming. Structured Query Language is a programming language that is commonly used in BI. Even if you are a front-end BI professional, you’ll need to know SQL and how to use it.

Data Analysis. Most BI skills and intelligence analyst-related skills are about using data to make better decisions. You need to be good at examining many different sources of data, and then making accurate conclusions about them.

Problem-solving. BI isn’t just about analyzing data; it’s also about creating business strategies and solving real-world business problems with that data. For example, you could be the one to discover actionable insights from specific key performance indicators (KPIs) that need to be visualized and presented during a meeting.

Specific industry knowledge. While some of this can and will be learned on the job, you need to have a solid grasp of the industry’s dynamics, particularly areas in the field you’re looking to work in. Over time, you’ll want to become an expert in your industry as this will increase your ability to connect data with business problem-solving.

Communication skills. In addition to acquiring intelligence analyst-related skills, you’ll need to be able to communicate your findings effectively to the other professionals you’ll be working with. To some extent, if you work in back-end BI, you won’t need to communicate quite as much. However, if you work in front-end, you’ll be responsible for communicating technical concepts to non-technical people. This kind of role requires excellent communication skills.

Vision and attention to detail. By its very nature, a career in business intelligence is incredibly detail-oriented. As a BI analyst or developer, you’ll often work with the smallest fragment of information with the objective of turning it into actionable insight. You will need a great deal of forward-thinking vision and the ability to pay very close attention to detail to succeed in the fast-paced world of BI.

Business acumen. Last but not least on our list of essential BI skills is a little something called business acumen. To thrive in a business intelligence career, you will need to possess a swift ability to understand your company’s business model and how to tailor your efforts to gain maximum value from your KPI management process and make strategic decisions that will help your organization succeed on a continual basis.

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