Just a few colleges and universities worldwide offer dedicated degree programs for business intelligence (BI), despite the quickly growing popularity of analytics technology among businesses, according to a recent report. However, BI courses are being taught in several disciplines, including computer science, statistics, and accounting, according to University of Virginia professor Barbara Wixom and Xavier University professor Thilini Ariyachandra.
The disjointed nature of BI course work means that students are not getting a well-rounded understanding of BI from both the business and technical viewpoints, according to the researchers. Out of 129 schools surveyed, the report found that undergraduate BI degrees are offered at just three schools, and just 12 schools offer graduate-level BI programs.
The researchers also surveyed 339 BI students, and found that about 150 claimed to be taking BI courses because they were required, while 90 said they planned to make a career out of BI. The survey also found that schools are having difficulty providing students with practical, hands-on training. "All large BI vendors and service providers are struggling with finding and retaining BI talent," says Forrester Research analyst Boris Evelson.
From IDG News Service
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