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Introduction to Business Intelligence: Designing a Successful BI Programme



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Effective implementation of a Business Intelligence (BI) programme results in better business decisions and increased success in achieving goals. In this BI training course, you will learn how to identify the maturity level of your BI solution, and articulate critical elements of your solution to maximise your organisation’s business opportunities.

You Will Learn How To

  • Apply the BI Meta Model (BIMM) to turn desired outcomes into actions
  • Choose between a strategic and a tactical application of BI
  • Map operational data to a data warehouse
  • Design a BI solution for a business problem

Course Outline

  • Defining Business Intelligence (BI)
  • Mapping the business intelligence process
  • Making the business case for BI
  • Identifying the barriers to BI implementation
  • New BI terminology
  • Six challenges of BI
  • Building a BI Road Map

Evaluating business readiness for BI

  • Assessing BI maturity levels
  • Business analysis and the BI road map
  • Stating desired outcome for a given situation
  • Overcoming common BI challenges

Reviewing the technical infrastructure

  • Enabling and facilitating technologies for BI
  • Structured vs. unstructured data
  • Identifying critical and variable attributes

Establishing a data governance framework

  • Aligning with management standards and strategy
  • Protecting your data
  • Measuring data quality
  • Integrating enterprise architecture and BI
  • Designing and Planning BI Processes

Building your BI strategy

  • Investigating the business advantages of strategic vs. tactical organisational situation
  • Starting BI with outcome-driven processes
  • Articulating well-formed outcomes

Iterating the BI metamodel

  • Realising the desired outcome from a specific organisational situation
  • Targeting the process to achieve the desired outcome
  • Deriving actions and decisions from the desired outcome

Dealing with data

  • Top-down vs. Bottom-up data analysis
  • Establishing a measure of data quality
  • Designing standardised business metadata

Developing the data warehouse

  • Selecting source data
  • OLAP vs. OLTP
  • Extracting data from multiple sources
  • Loading data into a data warehouse

Modelling the dimensional business process

  • Browsing your data and creating the appropriate schema
  • Navigating facts and dimensions
  • Selecting dimensions and traversing hierarchies
  • Organising a Business Intelligence Competency Centre (BICC)

Meeting the six challenges of BI with the BICC

  • Supporting stakeholders
  • Sustaining business strategy
  • Sharing knowledge throughout the organisation

Building the BICC

  • Promoting expertise within your organisation
  • Producing a BICC functional checklist
  • Clarifying the roles of the BICC
  • Organising the BICC
  • Implementing and Fine-Tuning the BI Solution

Evaluating BI tools

  • Selecting criteria for BI tools
  • Slicing and dicing your data using multidimensional cubes
  • Examining the characteristics of a data mine
  • Reviewing data-mining tools

Surveying BI vendors

  • Ability to deliver
  • Product completeness

Leveraging performance measurement tools

  • Displaying information using digital dashboards
  • Defining effective key performance indicators (KPIs)
  • Communicating to stakeholders through scorecards
  • Putting BI to Work for You
  • Applying the BI process across the organisation
  • Blending BI process into daily management activities
  • Making predictive analytics work for your bottom line
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Course Tuition Fee Includes:

After-Course Instructor Coaching
When you return to work, you are entitled to schedule a free coaching session with your instructor for help and guidance as you apply your new skills.

After-Course Computing Sandbox
You'll be given remote access to a preconfigured virtual machine for you to redo your hands-on exercises, develop/test new code, and experiment with the same software used in your course.

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You can take your Learning Tree course exam on the last day of your course or online at any time after class and receive a Certificate of Achievement with the designation "Awarded with Distinction."


Training Hours

Standard class hours:
9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Last day class hours:
9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Free Course Exam – Last Day:
3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Each class day:
Informal discussion with instructor about your projects or areas of special interest:
4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

AFTERNOON START class hours:
2:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Last day class hours:
2:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Free Course Exam – Last Day:
8:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Each class day:
Informal discussion with instructor about your projects or areas of special interest
9:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.

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