Continuing education in Business Intelligence

I just read an interesting article on the BeyeNETWORK from Richard Herschel, a professor at St. Joseph's University, about what a graduate Business Intelligence program might entail.  Here's the outline (see the article for the full details):

  1. Introduction to Business Operations
  2. Developing Decision-Making Competencies
  3. Concepts and Practice of DSS Modeling
  4. Database Management Theory and Practice
  5. Enterprise Data
  6. Applied Business Intelligence
  7. Advanced Business Intelligence
  8. Critical Performance Measurement
  9. Advanced Business Intelligence II
  10. Management Issues in Business Intelligence

I don't know about the rest of you, but for a long list of reasons, I will not be enrolling in graduate school anytime soon.  That said, there is a free initiative called the OpenCourseWare Consortium that allows you to access selected course material from several colleges and universities and study them on your own time.

An OpenCourseWare is a free and open digital publication of high quality educational materials, organized as courses. The OpenCourseWare Consortium is a collaboration of more than 200 higher education institutions and associated organizations from around the world creating a broad and deep body of open educational content using a shared model. The mission of the OpenCourseWare Consortium is to advance education and empower people worldwide through opencourseware.

It might be hard to argue that OCW would be a substitute for real classroom study, but they could come in handy if you need to acquire a certain skill for a new role or just want to brush up on something.  Among the available courses,

Here's another course of interest from MIT:

Street-Fighting Mathematics

Amusingly, there is exactly one class available on OCW that I actually took in college: Ancient Wisdom and Modern Love (Philosophy 202).

TAGS: Business Intelligence

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