When I joined Industry Connect, I knew nothing about IT or BI!

One of the fastest-growing areas of the IT and software development industry is Business Intelligence, or BI.

There are plenty of jobs out there for a budding Business Intelligence Analyst, but only if you know what you’re doing, show confidence in an interview, and have local experience.

Industry Connect can give you all three, just like we did with Basanthi.

We helped her learn BI from scratch as well as giving her support, experience and mentorship until she secured her first job.

Basanthi, how did you feel when you got the job as a Business Intelligence Analyst?

I really felt very proud and happy, as this would be my career starting in New Zealand, even though I’m very new to New Zealand and new to the IT industry. I was really excited and happy. And first I thanked everyone, who supported me throughout my journey.

What did you learn from us here at Industry Connect?

What I learned from Industry Connect was, they gave us some critical knowledge of the study, and then next we were taken into the MVP studio, who were always beside us with the mentors, and they guided us in the proper direction when we are going wrong.

They help show us how to go into the task and where to find the errors, and they gave us a lot of industry knowledge, saying that maybe industry will be using stack or flow, and we had questions from previous Industry Connect graduates, and they guided us through everything.

What would you say to people who are struggling to get a job as a Business Intelligence Analyst?

Firstly, I have to say thank you to Industry Connect and MVP Studio.

You helped change me and my career from student to IT professional. When I went to apply for the jobs without any industry experience in IT, all I got was rejection emails. A friend told me about Industry Connect, and when I joined I knew nothing about IT, or BI or anything!

But once I started, when I went to all the classes and the projects given to me, it made me confident, and I started saying to myself, yes, I can do that, I can practice. I got a lot of support and motivation through all my contacts in Industry Connect.

So what is Business Intelligence?

Like all things in life, BI can be explained using a nice cup of tea.

First off, imagine that you went to your favourite store to buy some herbal tea.  When you pay for your tea and walk out, you may or may not know that your favourite store has gathered some new data about the herbal tea you bought, at what time you bought it, and how much you paid.

Now I want you to put yourself in the shoes of the herbal tea shop owner.  Day in and day out he has to figure out how many bags of tea leaves he should be ordering.  The only possible way for him to make an educated guess about this, is if he knows how many are being purchased by his customers.

Now, as the data sits today, the owner of the store would have to look at every single transaction made throughout each day to see how much tea was purchased.  But this takes up way too much time, and since this is a decision the owner has to make every week, he decides to use a Business Intelligence tool to provide that information.

The use of a Business Intelligence tool allows for information to be regularly rolled up and formatted just right so the owner can make a much more educated decision about how much herbal tea to purchase.  Additionally, now that the Director has more time on his hand, he can analyse in much further detail.

So basically you can think of Business Intelligence as the process of going from raw data to legible information.

Come and talk to us about becoming a Business Intelligence Analyst

If BI sounds like something you’d be interested in, then take the next step in your career and join us for our next online information session.

Juanita Strydom, the General Manager of Industry Connect, will be online on Wednesday evenings, 7:00 pm NZ time, 5.00pm Australia Eastern Standard time and 8:00am UK time.

Joining her will be the Industry Connect team members, as well as the owners of successful software companies, all of whom are ready to answer any questions you may have.

The gang will explain who we are, what our programmes are, and how you can join us.

To secure your seat in the info interview session, simply click here and fill out the form and we’ll be in touch to confirm your invitation!

Business Intelligence is one of the fastest-growing sectors in the IT industry!


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