Cognos aims to stem an impending business intelligence (BI) skills crisis with the launch of an academy to train 8,000 BI consultants by 2009.
“We’ve found that the consultants who have the wisdom, experience and BI skills needed in the current marketplace are concentrated within the older age groups,” says Graham Walter, vice-president for EMEA.
“There is a severe shortage of skilled BI consultants amongst the 25-35-year-old band.”
The Cognos course, based around the BI specialist’s own suite, will be a mixture of self-study and classroom training.
Gartner predicts the BI market will grow 7.4% a year, rising to £1.6bn in 2009. It recommends companies should create their own Business Intelligence Competency Centre (BICC) to ensure they extract maximum value from BI. Business people throughout the company, as well business analysts and IT people should all contribute to the BICC.
The Cognos Academy will be available by invitation to customers setting up their own BICCs.
By 2009, Gartner predicts that 60% of global 2000 firms and governments will have formed BICCs.