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Introduction to Business Intelligence Course Overview

This Introduction to Business Intelligence course provides an overview of business intelligence. The course starts with basic insights into business intelligence and how it differs from data science before covering the key roles and processes involved. You’ll learn about each role in detail and what skills are essential in each position. As you progress through the course, you will understand how these roles work together to deliver actionable insights, as well as look at examples of BI tools and how they help revolutionize your work.

This course will also cover the types of visuals used in business intelligence to deliver key messages to decision-makers, as well as best practices when it comes to design. Lastly, we’ll talk about different types of data, data structures, and files that are commonly used in Business Intelligence.

Introduction to Business Intelligence Learning Objectives

Upon completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Explain different roles that form part of a business intelligence team

  • Discuss how BI serves the needs of a business

  • Recognize well and badly designed visuals

  • Compare different data types and data structures

  • Explain the basics of metrics and functions

Who should take this course?

This Introduction to BI course is perfect for professionals who work with data and want to learn more about business intelligence. This course covers core concepts in the field and is a stepping-stone onto more advanced Business Intelligence topics.

Common career paths for students who take the BIDA™ program are Business Intelligence, Asset Management, Data Analyst, Quantitative Analyst, and other finance careers.

Introduction to Business Intelligence is a prep course of CFI’s BIDA™ program

This Introduction to Business Intelligence course is part of CFI’s upcoming Business Intelligence & Data Analyst (BIDA)™ Program. This program will cover all the basic, intermediate, and advanced topics about business intelligence, and data analysis. The program will also include a number of case studies to allow students to practice skills and tasks on sample data. This program will teach you the quantitative methods used in the finance and capital markets industry. It is ideal for students who want to learn how to analyze complex data. The program is completely online so you can take it at your own pace, from anywhere in the world.

Students can sign up for updates and reserve a spot in the Business Intelligence & Data Analyst (BIDA)™ Program on the student dashboard.

Introduction to Business Intelligence

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Become a certified Business Intelligence & Data Analyst (BIDA)™ Certification

Introduction to Business Intelligence is part of the Business Intelligence & Data Analyst (BIDA)™ certification, which includes 25 courses.

Business Intelligence & Data Analyst (BIDA)™ Certification
  • Skills Learned Data visualization, data warehousing and transformation, data modeling and analysis
  • Career Prep Business intelligence analyst, data scientist, data visualization specialist

Path to certification

Prep courses

4 courses from beginner to intermediate level.

01 Optional

Core courses

14 courses from beginner to intermediate level.

02 Required

Elective courses

7 courses in advanced and intermediate levels.

03 Optional

Get certified

Submit your BIDA checklist and order your certificate.

04 Required

Join our community

Get access to the Global Corporate Finance Society.

05 Optional

How the certification works

Business Intelligence & Data Analyst (BIDA)™ courses are offered 100% online, allowing you the flexibility to start the Business Intelligence & Data Analyst (BIDA)™ program anytime and learn when it’s most convenient for you.

The program is a part of the All Access Subscription, which includes all programs and courses.

CFI courses are designed by instructors with over 21 years of financial analyst training experience.

Students must complete all core and elective courses (17 in total) and demonstrate mastery of the topics through successful completion of course materials, quizzes, and assessments.
Within 48 hours of program completion, your Blockchain Verified (BIDA)™ Certification will be emailed to you.

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Frequently asked questions

What are the requirements to take the courses?
All of our certification programs are open to students and professionals in various industries and levels of experience. Our curriculum is designed to teach what you need to know from basic fundamentals to advanced practical case studies. To take the courses and complete the exercises, students will only need access to a PC and/or Mac, Microsoft Suite (2016 or newer), and a stable internet connection. Click here to view the Technical Requirements
Can I download the Excel files and financial modeling templates for the course?
Absolutely! All the files and templates needed in a course are available for download. Just look for a module that shows Downloadable Files within the course dashboard. See here for a visual guide on how to do this.
How long do I have to complete the courses?
You will have yearly access to the courses as long as you maintain an active subscription. All the courses are self-paced as well so you can take your time in learning without worrying about any deadlines. Click here to compare our available enrollment options.
Are CFI courses officially accredited?
Yes, CFI is accredited by the Better Business Bureau® (BBB) to maintain training standards, the CPA Institutions in Canada, and the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) in the USA. Most of our courses qualify for verified CPE credits for CPA charter holders. Please refer to this page to view all available CPE credits.
Are there any additional fees or costs?
None! The bundle price includes everything and there are no additional fees or charges to earn your digital certification. You can see our enrollment fees listed here.
What currency are your courses priced in?
All our online courses are priced in USD. As this is a recurring payment, we accept all major credit and debit cards including Visa, MasterCard, and American Express.
How do I earn my certificates?
Students must complete all the video lessons, quizzes, and final assessments in each course. You can retake the assessments as many times as necessary until you reach an 80% passing grade. For more information on how to earn a course certificate, click HERE.
How are the exams conducted?
Students are required to complete an online assessment (Multiple choice questions, Fill-in-the-Blanks, and Excel Questions) at the end of each course. You can take the exams on your own schedule and will need to earn at least 80% to pass the course and earn your certificate of course completion. Please note that course exams can be repeated as many times as you need. Students are also required to complete the FMVA® final exam to earn their certification. How to Take a Qualified Assessment
Can I email the instructor if I have questions?
While the courses are designed mainly for self-study, we are happy to provide email assistance for general or technical support inquiries. The Full Immersion bundles include a premium email support function that allows you to communicate directly with in-house experts regarding course content. This is one of the key features that sets the Full Immersion bundle apart and makes it a worthwhile upgrade over the more affordable self-study bundle. You can compare more features in our bundles here.
Will these courses help me advance my career?
Based on hundreds of reviews from thousands of students we know how CFI courses have helped so many people advance their finance careers. Our courses are designed to be extremely practical and simulate the experience of being trained as a professional financial analyst…the ultimate way to advance your career. For real-world examples and to help delve even deeper into the course concepts, please look into our free career resources library.
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