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In general, a business intelligence analyst will often have some form of higher education degree in technology. Many have specific degrees in business intelligence. Experts point out that for many BI analyst jobs, the role requires specific knowledge of technologies like SQL, as well as Cognos or other similar business resources.
A business intelligence analyst works to develop and provide new business intelligence solutions. These professionals may be tasked with defining, reporting on or otherwise developing new structures for business intelligence in ways that will serve a specific purpose. Report writing can be a significant component of this role. A business intelligence analyst may also work with teams of developers. They will need to be knowledgeable about data storage structures, and about the various ways that data can be applied to aid in business intelligence.