Introduction to Business Intelligence Course Overview

This Introduction to Business Intelligence course provides an overview of business intelligence. The course starts with some basic insights into business intelligence and how it differs from data science, before covering the key roles and processes involved. You’ll learn about each role in detail and what skills are essential in each position. As you progress through the course you will understand how these roles work together to deliver actionable insights, as well as look at examples of BI tools and how they help revolutionize your work.

This course will also cover the types of visuals used in business intelligence to deliver key messages to decision-makers, as well as best-practices when it comes to design. Lastly, we’ll talk about different types of data, data structures, and files that are commonly used in Business Intelligence.

Introduction to Business Intelligence Learning Objectives

Upon completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Explain different roles that form part of a business intelligence team

  • Discuss how BI serves the needs of a business

  • Recognize well and badly designed visuals

  • Compare different data types and data structures

  • Explain the basics of metrics and functions

Who Should Take This Course?

This Introduction to BI course is perfect for professionals who work with data and want to learn more about business intelligence. This course covers core concepts in the field and is a stepping-stone onto more advanced Business Intelligence topics.

Common career paths for students who take the BIDA™ program are Business Intelligence, Asset Management, Data Analyst, Quantitative Analyst, and other finance careers.

Introduction to Business Intelligence is a Prep Course of CFI's BIDA™ Program

This Introduction to Business Intelligence course is part of CFI's upcoming Business Intelligence & Data Analyst (BIDA)™ Program. This program will cover all the basic, intermediate, and advanced topics about business intelligence, and data analysis. The program will also include a number of case studies to allow students to practice skills and tasks on sample data. This program will teach you the quantitative methods used in the finance and capital markets industry. It is ideal for students who want to learn how to analyze complex data. The program is completely online so you can take it at your own pace, from anywhere in the world.

Students can sign up for updates and reserve a spot in the Business Intelligence & Data Analyst (BIDA)™ Program on the student dashboard. 

Introduction to Business Intelligence

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What Our Students Say

Godfred Bada
The course is very insightful and I loved it
Aminu Agbonikhena
Nice and engaging
Quite an interesting and and engaging module I must confess. The dedlivery stle was top notch. A good starting point for green horns with quest for knowledge in BI.
Landu Mthembu
Brilliant course
I was so excited about learning about Business Intelligence and this course definitely delivered. It’s a very comprehensive course that covers key concepts very well. I highly recommend it.
great learning practice
this short course has helped me get into the Business Intelligence, and I do appreciate the wonderful experience it gives me to understand how to make my data story more vivid!
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Seth Langberg
Another great course by CFI! This course provides a comprehensive guide to everthing related to Business Intelligence (BI). It covers the different roles and functions within an Org: - Data Engineers - Data Analyst - Data Visualisation Specialist - Business Leader It covered the processes involved in Data Storage & ETL, Data Models & Analyses, Visuals/Dashboards & Reporting as well as Decision Making. With in depth examples of the platforms/tools one would use from the more traditional programs (excel, VBA) to Data Transformation tools (Power Query, SQL), Analyses (Tableau, Power Pivot, Power BI) and other popular tools (Qlik, R, Python). As well as touching the key concepts of Data (types, functions, structures, formales, relationships, etc) Overall I'm very happy with the insight this course provided into the instrumental and pivotal world of BI. Looking forward to the next one!
Tariq Abdulwahab Al Janady
I never think that BI is so much easy to understand , thanks to CFI leadership in knowledge transfer
Ifeanyi Chigbufue
I enjoyed the contents of this course and noted the various other tools to be used to Data Analysis. Business Intelligence adds a lot of value to Data Analysis and I believe the modern day FP&A professionals should familiarise him/herself with it.
Prince G. Orapeleng
Very detailed and insightful about the business intelligence and data analysis field.
This course is superb and an eye opener to business intelligence. Don't hesitate in enrolling for this course. The tutors were extremely good at buttressing the key points.
James Adjei Barimah
Absolutely, the best introduction to business intelligence. Captures the BI body of knowledge excellently, and nicely introduces all required professional tools/skills. Thanks to the CFI team.
The course contents are very informative and all BI topics covered major skills (Excel, Power BI, Tableau) which will help for the professionals.
Rohith Kondi
This course is to ascertain the overview of roles and responsibilities and tools used in business Intelligence.
Great Introduction course with great explanation. Thank you CFI. I can't wait for the full BIDA designation.
Michael Essibuah
This course have equiped me with in-depth knowledge to resolve complex issues when working with data

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Business Intelligence & Data Analyst (BIDA)™
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