Business Intelligence Architect

People become BI architects in different ways in different companies. A BI developer working in an in-house BI team over several years may get promoted to BI architect and then starts to perform the role of BI architect. Or a BI developer / analyst / tech lead working for an IT company with multiple client projects experience in various BI tools and technologies could become a BI architect with around 10 years of experience. Or a person switches to BI architect role from a non technical BI roles(BI analyst or BI Business Analyst) out of interest or better opportunities.

A general set of tasks carried out by BI architect is given below, may not be true for all BI architects.
  • A BI architect creates BI solution architecture diagrams and BI solution documents based on the high level program/project requirements. Creates technical roadmap.
  • Is involved in providing response to RFPs/RFIs.
  • Involved in BI tools selection, setting up framework (ETL framework, reporting templates, processes, etc.). Providing technical guidance to the project teams. For example BI architect may decide if Kimball approach should be used or Inmon.
  • Defines number of environments (ex sandbox, dev, QA, performance testing, pre-prod, prod) required based on the needs of the organization, comes up with server requirements (high availability, clustering, etc.) and database sizing.
  • Involved in tools migration/upgrade decision making and selection process.
  • Drives the BI technology side forward.
  • BI architect would be the go-to person for BI tools and technologies questions and decisions. 
  • BI architect would have end to end understanding of the BI solution. Has multiple tools experience and can decide which tools are best for the purpose.


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