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Spectrum of Skills

The spectrum illustrates the framework of skills and competencies vital to successful BI practitioners at U-M.

Click on each skill below for examples:

Reporting

Definition of BI Skill: Data modeling, knowledge, querying, and reporting.

A sampling of UM classifications where the REPORTING skill set tends to be the most emphasized:

  • Data Architect (Intermediate, Senior, etc.)
  • Applications Programmer/Analyst (Intermediate, Senior, etc.)
  • Database Reporting Writing Analyst
  • ERP Business Systems Analyst (Intermediate, Senior, etc.)

Those positions more focused towards REPORTING might have profiles that look like this:

Reporting Example Profile

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Analytical Skills

Definition of BI Skill: Modeling, forecasting, domain knowledge, systems thinking, data visualization.

A sampling of UM classifications where the ANALYTICAL SKILLS skill set tends to be the most emphasized:

  • Financial or Business Analyst (Intermediate, Senior, etc.)
  • ERP Business Systems Analyst (Intermediate, Senior, etc.)
  • Database Administrator (Intermediate, Senior, etc.)
  • Business Intelligence Analyst Intermediate

Those positions more focused towards ANALYTICAL SKILLS might have profiles that look like this:

Analytical Skills Example Profile

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Project Management

Definition of BI Skill: Requirement definitions, customer relationship management, work planning, resource management.

A sampling of UM classifications where the PROJECT MANAGEMENT skill set tends to be the most emphasized:

  • Information Technology Project Manager (Intermediate, Senior, etc.)
  • Systems Analysis Manager
  • Business Process Consultant
  • ERP Project Manager
  • Business Intelligence Analyst Senior or Business Intelligence Project Manager

Those positions more focused towards PROJECT MANAGEMENT might have profiles that look like this:

Project Management Example Profile

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Change Management

Definition of BI Skill: Situational/cultural awareness, communication design and planning, business process management.

A sampling of UM classifications where the CHANGE MANAGEMENT skill set tends to be the most emphasized:

  • ERP Project Manager
  • Financial Manager (Intermediate, Senior, etc.)
  • Applications Programming Manager
  • Associate Director
  • Business Intelligence Project Manager

Those positions more focused towards CHANGE MANAGEMENT might have profiles that look like this:

Change Management Example Profile

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Strategic Thinking

Definition of BI Skill: Strategy Mapping-Linking goals to process, consensus building, visioning, motivating, mentoring, scenario planning, leadership.

UM classifications that are likely found within the STRATEGIC THINKING skill set:

  • Information Systems Director
  • Associate Director or Director
  • Administrative Director
  • Business Intelligence Director

Those strong in the STRATEGIC THINKING skill set have self-assessment profiles that most likely look like this:

Strategic Thinking Example Profile

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Reporting
Analytical Skills
Project Management
Change Management
Strategic Thinking