Five things I’ve learnt while recruiting in Business Intelligence and Analytics
- The industry is gigantic. From the established industry powerhouses like Microsoft, SAP and Oracle, to the new (but suddenly essential) Tableau and Qlikview. Then there’s Apache Hadoop, Spark, Hortonworks and Cloudera. The one thing it’s safe to say about Business Intelligence and Analytics? The industry is huge and it’s growing – fast. Granted, you still won’t see as many Data Analysts or BI Consultants on LinkedIn as you will Business Analysts or Systems Engineers, but the numbers are definitely increasing.
- Listen to your BI and Analytics team or you risk driving employee discontent. The number one motivator for employees leaving in this space is the failure of a business to take on board the outputs of the BI and Analytics teams. At its core, the function of business intelligence is to take data and convert it into information that can be used and exploited by the business. Most professionals in the BI space have a unique blend of technical experience and business acumen. They may seem purely technical in a lot of the things they do, but at their core, they are looking to provide insights to a business that will be of genuine benefit moving forward. If senior management are unable (or unwilling) to take these insights on board, they can’t then be surprised when they experience high and consistent staff turnover.
- It’s an employee’s market. Reports have shown that Business Intelligence and Analytics are some of the highest priorities for businesses at the moment. Technology has finally reached a maturity point that enables businesses of all sizes to access the technology and the talent to make use of the huge amounts of unstructured data in their systems. Whilst Big Data platforms are fulfilling the technical part of this, businesses still require experienced BI and Analytics professionals to manage and develop these functions. With so many employment opportunities and so few experienced professionals available, an environment of elevated salary and employee benefit expectations has been created. In this climate, top talent is a commodity that can dictate its worth to the employment market.
- It’s moving fast – and you need to be realistic. Yesterday it was all about Tableau and Qlikview, today it’s all about Data Science and tomorrow… well… who knows. In this market, recruiters and businesses alike need to come together to understand the latest in market trends and technology so realistic decisions can be made based on the resources that are attainable at the time. It’s all well and good to have grand technology plans, but if your budget and timeframe can’t afford the talent you need, then it’s unlikely those plans can be successfully implemented.
- There’s something for everyone. Given the size and growth rate of the Business Intelligence and Analytics area, employment opportunities abound. Whether you’re a Data Scientist with a PhD in Mathematics, an experienced Project Manager who just happens to like working in this area, or a Big Data Specialist who craves the latest and greatest technical challenges, one thing is for sure – there’s a rewarding career in Business Intelligence and Analytics waiting for you.
Author – Mark Salamy – 2016