RMIT Vietnam NewsTechnology students explore careers in business intelligence (BI)

Technology students explore careers in business intelligence (BI)

Thursday, November 10, 2016 - 12:04

Students in RMIT Vietnam Centre of Technology are given a solid foundation in databases, and this opens them up to many career options including in business intelligence, said Senior Lecturer Dr Edouard Amouroux.

“In IT courses, students need to understand programming and databases, but they can go further if they want to work in BI,” Dr Amouroux said.

“They have the technical foundation, so if they need to go deeper, there are many ways to do that – either learn by themselves on projects, or work as an intern in companies like Officience.”

Amane Said, a Business Intelligence consultant from Officience, led a workshop about business intelligence at RMIT Vietnam’s Saigon South campus last week.

Amane Said (in black), BI consultant from Officience, explains the four layers of the Business Intelligence chain.

Amane told the audience of students and industry representatives that business intelligence is the process of turning raw data collected from customers and sales into meaningful information, upon which business decisions are made.

Even though BI implies a business mindset, it cannot be achieved without technology and what’s called data science.

“It [business intelligence] starts from the question, the problem, and then you will find the answer from the data,” said Amane.

For the students in the audience, learning about business intelligence opened up new career options that were previously unknown.

Attending the workshop, Bui Thanh Dat, second-year student of the Centre of Technology, said he found it interesting that data can help business decision-making.

“The workshop taught me about the process of business intelligence, which crosses over into my major, especially in the area of data storage,” Dat said.

“[In our classes] we’ve learned about databases, which is part of BI. We’ve also practiced turning data into drafts as well as data visualization [which are also part of BI].

“Even though I’m not a business major, I could join a BI team with my data science background,” Dat concluded.

Careers available in BI include project management, database management, and as a business analyst or consultant who interprets the information and recommends business decisions to management.

Dr Amouroux said that the Centre of Technology is already providing students with database courses, and will aim for more.

“We will run a new course in data analytics next year and continue to run more data analytics workshops like this one,” Dr Amouroux said.

Story: Hai Yen