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Is a Business Intelligence Analyst's job working with other people or more individual?

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Lauren’s Answer

It depends on the organization. Typically I have seen an "Analyst" in the title equates to an individual contributor role versus a manager role. If you are interviewing, suggest you ask the question if the role is an individual contributor position or if will you have direct reports (i.e., be a manager). If you are not interviewing and reading a job description, look for key words such as "staff", "team, " direct reports" that will conclude as manger role. Note: Even if you are an individual contributor that doesn't mean you work alone as you are likely part of a team but you are responsible for your own work versus people reporting to her and you also being responsible for their work.
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Ronit’s Answer

While a BI Analyst's role is an individual contributor role, you can still be part of a larger data science or reporting team. Asking clarifying questions can be a good start as I have seen both types of setups. Also a lot of times this role could sit between the technology team and the line of business e.g. marketing, sales, finance. So a good skill to have is to be able to translate business requirements into technical specs for loading the data, creating report templates or dashboards and presenting the data. Ideally you should strive to be part of a data science team so you can complement a larger team with your skills and also have a chance to learn from others or switch roles if necessary. There is a lot of automation in this field currently and AI will be replacing a lot of manual report and insight generation so having multiple skills in your arsenal as a BI Analyst is crucial to pivot as necessary. You should strive to be more than just reporting the data and provide real insights and tell stories based on the data and their implications to your end users.

Ronit recommends the following next steps:

Learn data science and machine learning on Udemy
Learn to code in python, R
Read about visualization best practices in blogs, books on Amazon
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Matei’s Answer

It really depends as there are different parts to it:
- During requirements gathering for the project you'll likely engage with people to understand the needs and clarify the priorities
- During the development you'll spend more time building the solution alone until you have a prototype / rough analysis
- Once you have the prototype you'll then again spend time engaging with your stakeholders to ask for feedback and polish your solution

On a normal project you'll likely go through multiple cycles of this.
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Akshay’s Answer

BI analyst role involves working with business people to understand their requirement and also involves developing a solution working with multiple team members within your team so you can provide correct data business is requesting for.
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Max’s Answer

Typically the BI analyst role requires you to work together with a lot of people. You will be working together with business people that are requesting the BI work from you, but you will also need to work together with different technical teams to ensure that you have the right data.
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Pramit’s Answer

BI roles generally requires individual to share data/report with other people and/or team. In some cases the data collection process could involve multiple teams across the organization, there BI engineer has to communicate and coordinate with others occasionally.
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