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Intro to Business Intelligence

by Dan
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Published on March 4, 2019

Data is everywhere. It's generated by every company. It holds the secret to better versions of existing products. It is the instruction a business owner can follow to make a better service. It will tell you anything you want to know and how to do it. These are not exaggerations. We've become an automated society, and we generate tons of data that we can use.

Who? What? Where? When? Why? and How? Those used to be the questions asked and answered by reporters. In today's world, we have the power to answer those questions with off-the-shelf tools and relatively basic knowledge.

You are not going to believe how exciting data can be. Knox is an amazing trainer and is infectious with his passion. This training is available free of charge. If you'd like to see more Business Intelligence training, please visit CBT Nuggets.

Video 1: Intro (4:57)

Data Scientist? Business Intelligence Developer? Have you heard of these jobs? They are some of the highest paying jobs in the world.

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Video 2: Business Intelligence Career Path (5:42)

Nothing is more important to the functioning of a modern business than the ability to understand and use data. We base our content, strategies, and plans for improving the learning experience on the data our learners give us.

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Video 3: Business Intelligence Certifications (5:28)

The data science education you'll receive at a university is important but tends to focus on theoretical concepts. BI certifications and the training associated with them focus on ways you can be useful to the business you're working for. You'll learn to use tools, and get results for business leaders. Both forms of learning are important.

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Video 4: BI Terms and Acronyms (5:16)

Before you can walk the walk, you can start to talk the talk.

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Video 5: Business Intelligence Tools (4:28)

Learn what software you'll be working with on your learning journey.

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Video 6: Dimensions and Measurements (3:28)

It's critical to know the difference.

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Video 7: Data Types (3:12)

You're going to crush BI! But first, you'll need to understand data types. Grab a cup of coffee and dig in.

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Video 8: Data Sources (5:20)

This is where BI can turn you into a detective. Finding and making use of all the data a business collects is a challenge.

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Video 9: The Structured Query Language (4:16)

When IBM created SQL in the '70s, they changed the world for the better. SQL is extremely simple but also extremely powerful and flexible.

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Video 10: Tableau or PowerBI? (5:19)

Two great tools that go about the task in a different way. See which one might be your future choice.

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Video 11: BI in the Real World (3:44)

You can't swing a dead cathode ray tube without hitting a real-world implementation of BI on the Internet. Knox will show you where.

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Video 12: Next Steps and How to Get Started (2:45)

It's easier than you think to get started now on your journey to learning data science.

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Here's what you should do next:

  • Validate what you learned today by taking the 12-question Intro to Business Intelligence quiz. There's one question from each video. Pay close attention. Pass the quiz to earn your certificate of completion. The quiz isn't timed, so you can even go back to the videos and review.

  • Sign up at CBT Nuggets for a monthly subscription. The first week is free.

  • Commit to training for 30 minutes a day, five days a week. You'll be surprised what you can learn in 10 hours per month.

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