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Masters of Science in Business Intelligence
The field of Business Intelligence (BI) is quickly becoming a key topic for all business disciplines. From marketing to finance, from management to operations, Business Intelligence is the hot topic.
Until recently this was a topic for the decision sciences (the departments of information technology and statistics and operations research). However, with the changing emphasis from the mechanics (techniques and systems) to the strategic application of BI in the organization, the topic has now expanded. Today's business intelligence environment spans the entire breadth of a company. Companies are now realizing that true BI only becomes possible when all aspects of BI are properly integrated into the complete company structure.
This is a fundamental shift, not a temporary trend. To better manage every area of our business we are becoming more and more reliant on the business metrics, and the analytics, related to our discipline. Those organizations that can more fully understand the impact of the decision they make (or could make) are in a stronger competitive position than those who don't have this understanding. Further, those that can quickly and effectively mine and assimilate the vast amounts of information available to them will also be in a much stronger position.
Business Intelligence is today what data processing was 25 years ago - a rapidly growing field at the intersection of intensifying information requirements and the enabling technologies that support them. Business Intelligence is now capable of addressing challenges, regulatory compliance issues, performance metrics, business requirements, and competitive needs that were impossible to address as recently as five years ago. The arrival of these intese requirements (real-time analytics, Patriot Act, Sarbanes-Oxley Act, and others) has dovetailed once again with the technological capabilities to address them. This time however, the information not only resides in accounting and IT, but also in overall business process flows, finance, office automation, communications, email, instant messaging, imaging, unstructured data, along with statistics and analyses from data mining, the decision sciences, operations research, logistics, global information systems, e-Commerce and, of course, information technology (IT).
This degree uniquely positions the Daniels College of Business to provide our graduates with skills to be premier applicants for the huge number of job opportunities related to Business Intelligence. Managers are quickly learning that developing a BI environment in their companies is no longer optional and not a simple undertaking, but instead an urgent undertaking requiring specific skills. Our graduates will be uniquely positioned to fill these employment requirements.
As part of the BI initiatives, today's top-performing companies realize that:
- Proper analytical methods are key to their success in a wide variety of areas. Mining vast amounts of data enables them to combat fraud, anticipate demand, reduce customer attrition, and so on.
- The data used comes not only from current organizational systems but also data from competitors, partners, and the broader markets and industries. Understanding the source and meaning of this data is integral to forming the basis for successful analytics.
- The selection, deployment, and implementation of the appropriate online analytical processing (OLAP) tools forms the foundation of the organization's BI initiative enabling the executive dashboards, the 360 degree view of the customer, the virtual inventories, and all of the benefits of BI.
The combined components of our program (degree) provide our students with the skills that are so highly prized in the market place. The program has the flexibility to launch students into different job markets by giving them the depth of skills in Information Technology and Electronic Commerce, Marketing and Statistics together with the overall breadth of the BI knowledge.
CONTENT AND STRUCTURE
The degree is made up of a 58 credit-hour configuration as follows:
Daniels Business Intelligence (BI) Degree
|Daniels Core: Compass (10)||Daniels BI Introduction||14|
|Foundations of Data Analysis||Marketing Introduction||Enterprise Intelligence||12|
Students take the Daniels Core - Compass of 10 credit hours, the BI Introduction course and the three core foundational courses. Students then have three courses from each of the primary disciplines (Statistics, Marketing and ITEC). Students also have one elective for additional courses in one of these disciplines. The final course is a practicum course related to any one, or a combination, of the disciplines.
Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence II
Data Warehouse Design, Advanced Modeling and ETL/ELT
The Course: This course is focused on the process of creating a data warehouse. This process includes requirements definition, design, modeling, establishing an architecture (including data marts, operational data stores, master data stores, staging areas, and supporting data warehouse tools), integration, data conversion, data cleansing, and ETL /ELT (extract transform and loading). The course will utilize SQLServer (either 2000 or 2005) for exercises and projects to provide hands-on experience. For the first time this quarter, the class will be utilizing real-life projects as part of the Colorado Business Intelligence Community Connection (COBICC) initiative.
- Desining a data warehouse
- Modeling a Data Warehouse
- Data Warehouse Architectures
- The Data Mart
- SQL Server for Data Warehousing
- ETL and ELT
- Data Conversion and Cleansing
- Overview of Industry Tools and Applications
Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence III
Business Intelligence, OLAP design and Program Management
The Course: This course is focused on the process of corporate decision making and the tools that support this process. Early decision support systems (DSS) in support of customer relationship management (CRM) have made strides in focusing on the support of the strategic decision making process. Through business intelligence tools, this process is becoming a science in itself. This course will focus on this emerging science and the important factors that contribute to a successful strategy.
During this course, you should focus on learning the following:
- The corporate and strategic decision process
- Decision Support Systems (DSS)
- BI Program Management
- The process of Strategic Analysis
- Applying and using appropriate decision support tools.
- Data warehousing and DSS tools.