Further to my posting, 'A Tale Of Two Roles' I am curious about how people in Business Intelligence see their roles.
What are the good and bad things about BI roles?
In my world this will be somebody who does everything from understand requirements, ETL, data warehouse, report write/olap cube and data mining.
I have read up on BI and attended a couple of courses to get a feel for it but not actually done the job. I assume the following:-The Good
It's a role that is very popular at the moment.
It's a role that never finishes because reporting requirements
change with the business and tweaking is always needed.
It's a role that calls on a variety of technical skills ( ETL, database Design and Reporting)
Its a role that has a high level of people interaction. You have to be able to communicate well.
It's a role where you need to understand the business and processes.The Bad
Tracking why a given figure 'doesn't look right' to a user back through an OLAP cube, a start schema, an ETL process and the source database is laborious.
The data you report is only as good as the source data. If the source database has dirty data and/or poor integrity data, the BI expert is the person who has to cater for the bad data often without eliminating the cause of the source system bad data.
Report writing in Crystal Reports is a bit dull.the Other
Data Mining is a little abstract and needs very close co-ordination with the user to find the right data relationships.
Dazed and confused.
Remember.. 'Depression is just anger without enthusiasum'.