Should there be a major in business intelligence?

Should there be a major in business intelligence?

Summary: Universities aren't keeping up with the science of business intelligence and failing to produce the next-generation workers needed to crunch and understand data, according to a survey.

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Universities aren't keeping up with the science of business intelligence and failing to produce the next-generation workers needed to crunch and understand data, according to a survey.

Teradata sponsored the survey, which was conducted by University of Virginia professor Barbara Wixom. Here's a look at the 85 universities that responded to the survey and their approach to teaching business intelligence:

The main challenges appear to be technology (43 percent cited it as the biggest hurdle), content (41 percent), marketing (11 percent) and staffing (5 percent).

In a nutshell, universities said they had trouble getting affordable and reliable software, real-world data sets and technical support. For course work, business intelligence overlapped with other computer science specializations.

Nevertheless, some schools are building business intelligence curriculum, but it's a slow march.

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  • Why not - there's already a major for business stupidity...

    It's called the MBA and it is and will continue to be the death of America.
    Steven J. Ackerman
  • RE: Should there be a major in business intelligence?

    SAP has a University Alliance to help schools teach their software, could they extend that to the BusinessObjects toolset? I think it is worthwhile. So few people in BI right now understand what they SHOULD be doing, let alone what they ARE doing.
    Jamie Oswald
  • RE: Should there be a major in business intelligence?

    Eastern Michigan University has an MBA with a BI specialization. I'm graduating with it next month. :)
    edpflager@...
  • Should there be a major in business intelligence?

    For years companies have been trying to make up for low intelligence by producing smart software.

    The problem is you can't make an idiot smart.

    Give an idiot Visual Studio and he/she will produce junk.

    The point here is the word "intelligence", either you've got it or you aint.
    asninsp
  • business intelligence - a stolen term

    Funny how terms change meaning over time. Today it is almost
    forgotten that ?gay? and ?queer? do not mean ?homosexual? but
    ?merry? and ?strange?. ?Business intelligence? as an art / science of
    analysing computer generated business data? Hm. Once upon the
    times, and still in some professional circles, the term described a
    branch of industrial espionage that does not deal with technical
    secrets but with financial and generally speaking business ones
    (not Your own but Your enemy / opponent ?s). It was invented in
    the late sixties, early seventies by then Swedish university
    lecturer of such things Prof. Dedier, formerly a WW II US
    paratrooper (for a short while Gen. Eisenhower?s bodyguard),
    Army Intelligence officer (maybe even OSS one - the predecessor
    of CIA), Yugoslav one too in the fifties (during the break with
    Stalin), since that was his country of origin. Who knows what he
    would say about this new meaning, since he passed away a
    couple of years ago.
    darije.djokic@...
  • RE: Should there be a major in business intelligence?

    The whole BI world is going through a major change,
    from SaaS to Open Source. And the traditional BI that
    typically requires Data Warehouses and Data Marts are
    tumbling down fast to getting obscured.

    It will be difficult for universities to play cat and
    mouse game in the insane world of business
    intelligence.



    Regards
    Eraaj Khan
    Eraaj