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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

  • $97,000

    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
Enterprise Architect Senior Technical Consultant Senior Business Analyst
Analyst Lead
6 Yearsyrs
ETL Architect Technology Architect Senior Business Analyst
Analytical Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Lead Architect Project Manager Solutions Architect
Architect & Project Lead
7 Yearsyrs
Business Intelligence Architect Business Intelligence Manager
Business Intelligence Director
11 Yearsyrs
Data Architect Enterprise Architect
Chief Architect
11 Yearsyrs
Architect And Developer Lead Solution Architect SAP Consultant
Consultant/Project Leader
6 Yearsyrs
Solutions Architect Product Manager Senior Manager
Director Of Analytics
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Developer Analyst Senior Data Analyst- Information Manager
Director Of Information
7 Yearsyrs
ETL Architect Solutions Architect Program/Project Manager
Engagement/Project Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Architect Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Project Manager & Leader
7 Yearsyrs
Architect And Developer Software Development Manager Quality Assurance Manager
Project Manager/Test Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Data Architect Integration Architect Architect
Senior Consultant Architect
8 Yearsyrs
Solutions Architect Senior Manager Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
14 Yearsyrs
Senior Architect Project Analyst Senior Analyst
Senior Lead Analyst
7 Yearsyrs
Lead Architect Senior Project Manager Subject Matter Expert
Senior Subject Matter Expert
7 Yearsyrs
Architect Project Architect Project Manager
Technical Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Architect Development Manager Manager Applications Development
Vice President Of Application Development
11 Yearsyrs
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BI Architect Demographics

Gender

Male

82.2%

Female

15.0%

Unknown

2.7%
Ethnicity

White

38.8%

Asian

35.8%

Hispanic or Latino

10.3%

Black or African American

7.8%

Unknown

7.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Polish

25.0%

Hindi

25.0%

Chinese

25.0%

Spanish

25.0%
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BI Architect Education

Schools

Indiana Institute of Technology

9.6%

Illinois Institute of Technology

7.7%

Syracuse University

5.8%

University of Texas at Arlington

5.8%

Arizona State University

5.8%

Johns Hopkins University

5.8%

Texas A&M University

5.8%

Cornell University

5.8%

Southern New Hampshire University

5.8%

University of Florida

3.8%

University of Memphis

3.8%

University of St. Thomas (Minnesota)

3.8%

New York University

3.8%

Marquette University

3.8%

California State University - East Bay

3.8%

Regis University

3.8%

University of Missouri - Saint Louis

3.8%

Lamar University

3.8%

Kent State University

3.8%

Hofstra University

3.8%
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Majors

Computer Science

25.6%

Business

11.8%

Electrical Engineering

9.9%

Computer Applications

8.8%

Engineering

5.7%

Information Technology

5.0%

Computer Information Systems

5.0%

Finance

3.8%

Computer Engineering

3.8%

Management Information Systems

3.4%

Information Systems

3.4%

Electrical Engineering Technology

2.3%

Industrial Engineering

1.9%

Management

1.5%

Statistics

1.5%

Chemical Engineering

1.5%

Mechanical Engineering

1.5%

Project Management

1.1%

Management Science

1.1%

Marketing

1.1%
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Degrees

Masters

46.2%

Bachelors

41.4%

Other

7.3%

Certificate

1.6%

Associate

1.3%

Doctorate

1.3%

Diploma

1.0%
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Real BI Architect Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Manager and Senior BI Architect KPI Partners, Inc. Aurora, IL Nov 04, 2013 $170,000
Manager and Senior BI Architect KPI Partners, Inc. Doral, FL Aug 05, 2013 $170,000
Dw/Bi Architect Slalom, LLC San Francisco, CA Jul 14, 2016 $164,382 -
$185,000
Dw/Bi Architect Slalom, LLC South San Francisco, CA Jul 14, 2016 $164,382 -
$185,000
SAP BI BPC Architect Knack Systems LLC New York, NY Oct 02, 2014 $150,000
SAP BI BPC Architect Knack Systems LLC Washington, DC Aug 31, 2015 $150,000
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 29, 2013 $140,000
Manager and Senior BI Architect KPI Partners, Inc. Doral, FL Jul 23, 2013 $140,000
BI Architect IV 110 Holdings LLC Bellevue, WA Oct 31, 2016 $140,000
BI Architect TIVO Inc. San Jose, CA Feb 09, 2015 $140,000
BI Architect Hackensack University Medical Center Hackensack, NJ Oct 28, 2014 $136,000
Oracle BI Architect Compass Minerals America, Inc. Overland Park, KS May 31, 2016 $115,000
Senior BI Architect Tegnosis LLC Atlanta, GA Mar 10, 2015 $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
Oracle BI & EPM Architect Bradford & Galt, Inc. Chicago, IL Apr 29, 2013 $115,000 -
$160,000
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 Jul 05, 2015 $92,183
SR Dw-Bi-Architect Sage Group Consulting, Inc. Baltimore, MD May 07, 2015 $92,183
BI Architect Samuraiinfotech Cumming, GA Dec 21, 2015 $91,500
BI Architect/Developer Slalom LLC San Francisco, CA Jul 28, 2014 $90,000 -
$110,000

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AVERAGE SALARY FOR A BI Architect

Average Yearly Salary
$97,000
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$69,000
Min 10%
$97,000
Median 50%
$97,000
Median 50%
$97,000
Median 50%
$97,000
Median 50%
$97,000
Median 50%
$97,000
Median 50%
$97,000
Median 50%
$136,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
ASICS
Highest Paying City
San Mateo, CA
Highest Paying State
California
Avg Experience Level
2.1 years
How much does a BI Architect make at top companies?
The national average salary for a BI Architect in the United States is $97,794 per year or $47 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $70,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $136,000.

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Top Skills for A BI Architect

  1. Dashboards
  2. SQL
  3. ETL
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  • Implemented QlikView solution to provide in-memory business analysis and dashboards.
  • Structured and maintained initial SQL Server infrastructure including disaster recovery and database mirroring.
  • Translated requirements into designs for a solution that incorporates ETL components.
  • Worked closely with Clients and Business Users to analyze and understand business requirements and Participated in requirements gathering meetings / Sessions.
  • Delivered an end-to-end BW on HANA based data model including front end reports via Analysis for Office and Web Intelligence.

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