Course Description

This course will focus on the value of Business Intelligence (BI) programs and how their success is defined in an organization. A BI program consists of multiple projects that are planned and defined based on the long term goals of the company. In order to be successful, it is important to avoid the problems that commonly plague BI programs and projects. This course will help students identify common pitfalls and help give students the tools to properly plan a project or program and limit the consequences when problems occur.

Course Details

Business Intelligence projects are notoriously difficult to deliver successfully. The unique problems of vague requirements, poor data quality and changing business priorities make it hard for projects to define when they have succeeded. This course will help you understand the difficulties you will run into on BI projects and how to identify problems before they arise.

To ensure success of your BI initiatives, it is critical to combine multiple, otherwise distinct projects, into a broader program with long term objectives. A Business Intelligence Program ensures that all projects and operational activities undertaken by the department are managed and planned based on these long term goals. In short, program management helps you to realize the full value of your BI department.

This course will instruct students in the methodologies for delivering Business Intelligence and will equip students with the knowledge to overcome common obstacles.

Course Level Learning Objectives

By completion of this course, successful students will be able to:

  • Set and define practical goals for information projects
  • Distinguish between successful and unsuccessful delivery methodologies for information management projects
  • Assess a BI Project for feasibility
  • Identify the function of a Business Intelligence Program in an organization
  • Contrast the goals of portfolio management, program management and project management
  • Examine common mistakes in the delivery of business intelligence to an organization

Topics of Instructions

  • What Business Intelligence opportunities exist?
  • What critical components will help you succeed?
  • How do you avoid failure of your project?
  • When should you start planning out a program?
  • How do you maximize your return on investment of your BI assets?
  • Who should dictate your priorities?
  • What do you need to do first?
  • How do you measure the success of your program?
  • What skills should you hire?
  • What risks do you need to mitigate?

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Online Synchronous
6:00PM to 9:00PM
Jan 15, 2024 to Mar 25, 2024
Schedule and Location
Delivery Options
Course Fees
Flat Fee non-credit $979.00
Reading List / Textbook
No Required Textbook
Section Notes

Classes are held online in real time (Mountain Time) at the specified time and dates.

You will require access to a computer with the required software, Internet connection, a headset with speakers and microphone, webcam, and a monitor large enough to display multiple applications (or the use of two monitors).

This course uses Desire2Learn (D2L), an online learning management system, and Zoom web conferencing software. The instructor will post your course outline and other materials in D2L. For more information, please visit our Online Learning Resources.

Unless notified, all online courses are available at 9 am MT the day before the start date. Students who register on (or after) the start date will receive access within one day of registration.

Unless otherwise stated, notice of withdrawal or transfer from a course must be received at least seven calendar days prior to the start date of the course.


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