Business Intelligence Continues to Grow as an Industry
If you are looking to embark on an IT career that will take you places, then it may be worth exploring a future in Business Intelligence.
The Business Intelligence (BI) market is maturing at a rapid rate, and over the past 5 years, BI visualisation technologies such as Tableau and Qlikview have allowed for executives to see near real-time dashboards of corporate performance. This has is a major factor in organisations ever-growing thirst for data.
According to Will Howard, Business Intelligence Search & Selection specialist at Michael Bailey Associates, BI has gone from being "a very niche market" to an established industry with a large presence in most big corporations.
"Some of the banks have got teams of 100+ that purely specialise in information management and Business Intelligence," Will explained.
"And then we're also seeing some of the smaller SMEs and organisations starting to invest in it as well," he added.
For people looking for IT jobs, business intelligence could be a great career move as the demand for professionals is always high.
Will says that in order to flourish in this industry, candidates need to have a "passion for data" and understand how data can help businesses prosper.
However there is currently a lack of Australian candidates, which Will hopes will change in the near future as IT departments grow.
"We're not finding enough candidates coming out of Australia - we're finding less and less Australians wanting to do IT. And obviously that's a challenge for us because we are short on good graduates that are looking to forge a career in information management or business intelligence," he said.
This raises the ever-important question - how can we encourage more Australian graduates to embark on a career in IT?
If the local business intelligence market continues to grow at the rate it is now, Australia will need more qualified professionals to fill vacancies.