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Essentials of Business Intelligence


Make Your Data Work For You!

Essentials of Business Intelligence

This 8-week, 100% online certificate course serves as an introduction to the value and structure of the key concepts in enterprise business intelligence. You’ll study the core skills of data management, warehousing, business intelligence requirements and data quality, learning to make more effective and efficient business decisions.

$2,095
Essentials of Business Intelligence


This course is part of a Master Certificate Program

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What You’ll Study


Introduction to Business Intelligence

  • History of Business Intelligence
  • Business Intelligence Business Value and ROI
  • Introduction to Data Warehousing
  • Business Intelligence Industry Trends
  • Business Intelligence Lifecycle and Architecture
  • Business Without Business Intelligence
  • Business Case for Business Intelligence

Organizing for Business Intelligence

  • Business Intelligence Program vs. Business Intelligence Project
  • Business Intelligence Sponsorship
  • Enterprise Level vs Departmental Level Business Intelligence
  • Project Roles and Responsibilites
  • Competency Centers
  • Data Governance and Change Management
  • Communication and Promoting Business Intelligence

BI Development Phases and Methods Approaches

  • Major Phases - Plan, Build, Deliver
  • Waterfall Approach for Systems Development
  • Agile Approach for Business Intelligence Projects
  • Planning - Scope, Charter, Issue Resolution and Requirements
  • Designing - Logical/Physical Models, Subject Areas and Source Systems
  • Prototyping Methods
  • Deployment, Maintenance and Training

Data Warehousing

  • Introduction and History of Data Warehousing
  • Inmom Approach
  • Kimball Approach
  • Data Modeling Basics
  • Metadata
  • Real-Time Data Warehouse
  • Packaged Data Marts

Data Quality and Architecture

  • Data Quality Introduction
  • Measuring Data Quality
  • Poor Data Quality
  • Improving Data Quality
  • Disparate Data Sources
  • Data Governance
  • Master Data Management (MDM)

Business Intelligence Requirements Gathering

  • Requirements Gathering Introduction
  • Top-Down Requirements Gathering
  • Bottom-Up Requirements Gathering
  • Capture and Prioritize Requirements
  • Unknown and Changing Requirements
  • Requirements Gathering Best Practices

Readiness for Business Intelligence and Maturity Models

  • Business Intelligence Readiness Assessments
  • Assessing Technology and Data
  • Organizational Readiness Assessments
  • Process and Procedures Readiness Assessments
  • BI Center of Excellence
  • Total Cost of Ownership

Technology and Vendor Review

  • Build vs Buy
  • Selecting and Evaluating Technologies
  • Major Data Warehouse Platforms and Vendors
  • Major Enterprise Information Management (EIM) Components and Key Vendors
  • Data Warehouse Appliances
  • Business Intelligence Front-End Tools
  • Analyst Resources

Credit & Tuition

ACE credit recommendation 3 semester hours. Register today and earn 45 PDUs, 4.5 CEUs for $2,095.

Who Should Register?


If you use data to make business decisions, this course is for you. From IT professionals working in or transitioning into data warehousing to members of upper management, this course provides the tools and skills you need to answer questions regarding corporate financial gains and losses, as well as the performance of products, regions and employees.