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 Technology 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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