Working As A BI Architect

BI Architect
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Getting Information
  • Analyzing Data or Information

What Does A BI Architect Do

BI Architects are the creative minds behind Enterprise data warehouse and Business reports used for making business decisions.


BI Architects typically do the following:

  • Analyze users’ needs and then design and develop a data warehouse and BI reports.
  • Recommend strategies to improve the performance of ETL jobs and BI reports.
  • Understanding of BI reporting tools like OBIEE, Tableau, Cognos, Power BI and ETL tools like Informatica, Data Stage, ODI.
  • Implement BI standards and Data Warehouse best practices.
  • Ensure that scheduled jobs continue to function normally through maintenance and testing.
  • Develop new data models using data modelling tool.
  • Writing and Understanding complex SQL queries.

BI Architects are in charge of the entire process from source data extraction to BI end-user reporting. They may begin by asking how the customer plans to use the enterprise reports. They must identify the core functionality that users need from BI reports. Must also determine user requirements that are unrelated to the functionality, such as the level of security and performance needs.

How To Become A BI Architect

BI Architects usually have a bachelor’s degree in computer science and strong computer programming skills.


BI Architects usually have a bachelor’s degree, typically in computer science or a related field. Computer science degree programs are the most common because they tend to cover a broad range of topics.

Although writing code is not their priority, they must have a background in computer programming. They usually gain this experience in school, throughout their career and must keep up to date on new tools and computer languages.

BI Architects also need skills related to the industry in which they work. For example, should have knowledge of different Business Functionalities so that they can understand the process flow.

Important Qualities: Analytical skills, Communication skills, Computer skills, Creativity, Detail-oriented, Interpersonal skills, Problem-solving skills.

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