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Working As A BI Architect

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Getting Information
  • Analyzing Data or Information
  • Mostly Sitting

  • $110,460

    Average Salary

What Does A BI Architect Do

Software developers are the creative minds behind computer programs. Some develop the applications that allow people to do specific tasks on a computer or another device. Others develop the underlying systems that run the devices or that control networks.

Duties

Software developers typically do the following:

  • Analyze users’ needs and then design, test, and develop software to meet those needs
  • Recommend software upgrades for customers’ existing programs and systems
  • Design each piece of an application or a system and plan how the pieces will work together
  • Create a variety of models and diagrams (such as flowcharts) that instruct programmers how to write software code
  • Ensure that a program continues to function normally through software maintenance and testing
  • Document every aspect of an application or a system as a reference for future maintenance and upgrades
  • Collaborate with other computer specialists to create optimum software

Software developers are in charge of the entire development process for a software program. They may begin by asking how the customer plans to use the software. They must identify the core functionality that users need from software programs. Software developers must also determine user requirements that are unrelated to the functionality of software, such as the level of security and performance needs. They design the program and then give instructions to programmers, who write computer code and test it.

If the program does not work as expected or if testers find it too difficult to use, software developers go back to the design process to fix the problems or improve the program. After the program is released to the customer, a developer may perform upgrades and maintenance.

Developers usually work closely with computer programmers. However, in some companies, developers write code themselves instead of giving instructions to the programmers.

Developers who supervise a software project from the planning stages through implementation sometimes are called information technology (IT) project managers. These workers monitor the project’s progress to ensure that it meets deadlines, standards, and cost targets. IT project managers who plan and direct an organization’s IT department or IT policies are included in the profile on computer and information systems managers.

The following are examples of types of software developers:

Applications software developers design computer applications, such as word processors and games, for consumers. They may create custom software for a specific customer or commercial software to be sold to the general public. Some applications software developers create complex databases for organizations. They also create programs that people use over the Internet and within a company’s intranet.

Systems software developers create the systems that keep computers functioning properly. These could be operating systems for computers that the general public buys or systems built specifically for an organization. Often, systems software developers also build the system’s interface, which is what allows users to interact with the computer. Systems software developers are creating the operating systems that control most of the consumer electronics in use today, including the systems in phones or cars.

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How To Become A BI Architect

Software developers usually have a bachelor’s degree in computer science and strong computer programming skills.

Education

Software developers usually have a bachelor’s degree, typically in computer science, software engineering, or a related field. A degree in mathematics is also acceptable. Computer science degree programs are the most common, because they tend to cover a broad range of topics. Students should focus on classes related to building software in order to better prepare themselves for work in the occupation. For some positions, employers may prefer a master’s degree.

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

Software developers also need skills related to the industry in which they work. Developers working in a bank, for example, should have knowledge of finance so that they can understand a bank’s computing needs.

Other Experience

Many students gain experience in software development by completing an internship at a software company while in college.

Some software developers first work as computer programmers and then are given more responsibility as they gain experience. Eventually, they become developers.

Advancement

Software developers can advance to become information technology (IT) project managers, also called computer and information systems managers, a position in which they oversee the software development process.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Developers must analyze users’ needs and then design software to meet those needs.

Communication skills. Developers must be able to give clear instructions to others working on a project. They must also explain to their customers how the software works and answer any questions that arise.

Computer skills. Developers must understand computer capabilities and programming languages in order to design effective software.

Creativity. Developers are the creative minds behind new computer software.

Detail oriented. Developers often work on many parts of an application or system at the same time and must therefore be able to concentrate and pay attention to detail.

Interpersonal skills. Software developers must be able to work well with others who contribute to designing, developing, and programming successful software.

Problem-solving skills. Because developers are in charge of software from beginning to end, they must be able to solve problems that arise throughout the design process.

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BI Architect Career Paths

BI Architect
Senior Solutions Architect Chief Technology Officer Business Consultant
Business Intelligence Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Lead Architect Chief Technology Officer
Chief Information Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Business Intelligence Architect Data Architect Architect
Chief Technology Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Enterprise Architect Business Architect Solutions Architect
Customer Relationship Management Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Business Intelligence Architect Solutions Architect Senior Manager
Director Of Analytics
13 Yearsyrs
Principal Consultant Senior Manager
Director Of Enterprise Architecture
14 Yearsyrs
Lead Architect Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Director Of Information
10 Yearsyrs
Principal Consultant Information Technology Project Manager Software Development Manager
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Solutions Architect Program Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Manager Director Of Information
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Manager Operations Director Information Technology Project Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Data Architect Architect Project Manager
Senior Project Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Solutions Architect Senior Project Manager Contractor/Consultant
Senior Software Engineer
6 Yearsyrs
Data Architect Solutions Architect Senior Project Manager
Senior Technical Program Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Solutions Architect Chief Executive Officer Principal Consultant
Solutions Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Architect Senior Manager Director Of Information
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
Enterprise Architect Lead Architect Software Development Manager
Vice President, Software Development
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Architect Senior Project Manager
Vice President, Technology
11 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Architect 3.0 years
Data Architect 2.6 years
Lead Architect 2.5 years
ETL Architect 2.3 years
BI Architect 2.0 years
BI Consultant 1.9 years
BI Developer 1.9 years
Top Employers Before
Architect 6.7%
Consultant 6.7%
Developer 4.3%
Top Employers After
Architect 8.1%
Consultant 3.9%

BI Architect Demographics

Gender

Male

82.6%

Female

15.0%

Unknown

2.5%
Ethnicity

White

50.3%

Asian

36.2%

Hispanic or Latino

6.1%

Unknown

5.8%

Black or African American

1.6%
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Languages Spoken

Polish

25.0%

Hindi

25.0%

Chinese

25.0%

Spanish

25.0%
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BI Architect Education

Schools

Illinois Institute of Technology

8.3%

Syracuse University

6.3%

Arizona State University

6.3%

Utah State University

6.3%

Cornell University

6.3%

Northern Illinois University

6.3%

Southern New Hampshire University

6.3%

University of Texas at Arlington

4.2%

University of Connecticut

4.2%

Washington University in Saint Louis

4.2%

University of Memphis

4.2%

University of South Florida

4.2%

New York University

4.2%

Marquette University

4.2%

Regis University

4.2%

Oakland University

4.2%

Lamar University

4.2%

Texas A&M University

4.2%

Kent State University

4.2%

Hofstra University

4.2%
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Majors

Computer Science

23.5%

Business

12.6%

Electrical Engineering

9.3%

Computer Applications

8.9%

Information Technology

5.7%

Engineering

5.7%

Computer Information Systems

5.3%

Management Information Systems

4.5%

Computer Engineering

4.5%

Information Systems

3.6%

Finance

3.2%

Mechanical Engineering

2.4%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.0%

Industrial Engineering

2.0%

Project Management

1.6%

Management Science

1.2%

Mathematics

1.2%

Marketing

1.2%

Management

0.8%

International Business

0.8%
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Degrees

Masters

46.1%

Bachelors

40.3%

Other

7.8%

Certificate

1.7%

Associate

1.4%

Diploma

1.4%

Doctorate

1.4%
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Real BI Architect Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Manager and Senior BI Architect KPI Partners, Inc. Doral, FL Aug 05, 2013 $170,000
Manager and Senior BI Architect KPI Partners, Inc. Aurora, IL Nov 04, 2013 $170,000
Dw/Bi Architect Slalom, LLC South San Francisco, CA Jul 14, 2016 $164,382 -
$185,000
Dw/Bi Architect Slalom, LLC San Francisco, CA Jul 14, 2016 $164,382 -
$185,000
SAP BI BPC Architect Knack Systems LLC Washington, DC Aug 31, 2015 $150,000
SAP BI BPC Architect Knack Systems LLC New York, NY Oct 02, 2014 $150,000
Manager and Senior BI Architect KPI Partners, Inc. Doral, FL Jul 29, 2013 $140,000
BI Architect TIVO Inc. San Jose, CA Feb 09, 2015 $140,000
BI Architect IV 110 Holdings LLC Bellevue, WA Oct 31, 2016 $140,000
Manager BI Hana Architect J. Crew Group, Inc. New York, NY Jul 11, 2016 $140,000
Manager and Senior BI Architect KPI Partners, Inc. Doral, FL Jul 23, 2013 $140,000
BI Architect Hackensack University Medical Center Hackensack, NJ Jan 28, 2016 $136,000
Oracle BI & EPM Architect Bradford & Galt, Inc. Chicago, IL Apr 29, 2013 $115,000 -
$160,000
Oracle BI Architect Compass Minerals America, Inc. Overland Park, KS May 31, 2016 $115,000
Oracle BI & EPM Architect Bradford & Galt, Inc. Chicago, IL May 24, 2013 $115,000 -
$160,000
SAP BI Architect American Railcar Industries Inc. Saint Charles, MO Oct 03, 2016 $115,000
Senior BI Architect Tegnosis LLC Atlanta, GA Mar 10, 2015 $115,000
Senior BI Architect Tegnosis LLC Atlanta, GA Mar 05, 2015 $115,000
BI Architect Sun Soft Technologies, Inc. Houston, TX Jul 20, 2016 $113,464
BI Architect & Engineer Travelclick Inc. Schaumburg, IL Sep 05, 2016 $113,000
BI Architect IBM India Private Limited Bloomington, IL Jul 20, 2015 $93,600
BI Architect Amerisoftpro Systems LLC New York, NY Jul 01, 2013 $93,000 -
$95,000
SR Dw-Bi-Architect Sage Group Consulting, Inc. Baltimore, MD May 07, 2015 $92,183
SR Dw-Bi-Architect Sage Group Consulting, Inc. Baltimore, MD Jul 05, 2015 $92,183
BI Architect Samuraiinfotech Cumming, GA Dec 21, 2015 $91,500
BI Architect Akshat Corporation Bellevue, WA Sep 15, 2015 $90,000
BI Architect/Developer Slalom LLC San Francisco, CA Jul 28, 2014 $90,000 -
$110,000

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Top Skills for A BI Architect

DashboardsSQLServerDataWarehouseETLArchitectureAnalyticsWebIntelligenceLoadDataDataModelIBMCognosInformaticaQuerySAP BWBusinessRequirementsFinancialSsisUniverseObieeOlapSchema

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Top BI Architect Skills

  1. Dashboards
  2. SQL Server
  3. Data Warehouse
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Background This project is about producing SAP BOBJ reports and dashboards out of SAP BI system for utilities & Energy domain.
  • Modeled metadata from SQL Server 2005 data source for use in Report studio and Query Studio using Framework Manager.
  • Reviewed and validated Data Warehouse project plan for BI reporting requirements with offshore development team.
  • Improved, designed new ETL processes.
  • Trained advanced programming, architecture, software lifecycle, methodology.

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