As a graduate of Information Management and Business Intelligence, you are uniquely placed. With detailed knowledge of the use of IT and decision support systems, you are directly involved in core decision-making processes and play a vital bridging role between management and technical IT staff (e.g. software developers and system managers). In today’s complex, knowledge-based business environment, this is crucial: the best businesses succeed because they use the right information to make the right decisions.
In this specialisation, you follow this process from problem to solution. Be it for managing customer relationships or monitoring industry competition, businesses need to obtain, extract and use information in an optimal manner. What software is needed? Should you buy it off the shelf or develop it in house? How best to implement it and manage the accompanying change processes? Once the right IT systems are in place, what quantitative techniques can you use to extract information, and how can you ultimately use this information to underpin operational and strategic decision making? This specialisation addresses all these issues and more.
Information Management and Business Intelligence is available as a one-year full-time programme. Courses are taught entirely in English. Graduates will receive a master's degree in International Business with a specialisation in Information Management and Business Intelligence.
Information Management and Business Intelligence is designed to teach you how to solve business problems using contemporary IT and decision support systems. In today’s knowledge society, information is an increasingly important business resource, and thanks to new technologies, knowledge can be stored more efficiently and disseminated faster than ever before. Businesses also face the challenge of having to protect their information and adapt to ever-changing technologies.
This specialisation gives you insight into the role information plays in the productivity and competitiveness of today’s companies, and how it can be strategically managed and integrated into business processes. You also gain a thorough grounding in business intelligence and quantitative reasoning, providing you with the tools to make intelligent operational and strategic decisions about the future of your business.
The focus is on real-life cases and practical skills in data management and modelling. You take a business problem, such as demand forecasting, turn it into a mathematical model, identify the data needed, and extract that data in an automated, efficient way such that you can solve the problem. Techniques such as these are already being used, for example by hedge fund managers and in merger and acquisition situations. In today’s economic climate, sound information management and business intelligence is vital to staying ahead of the competition.
What will you learn?
- to apply business intelligence techniques to solve a wide range of business problems - to address the challenges involved in managing information technology
This specialisation will open many doors for you. Recent developments in the global economy mean that information managers and business intelligence analysts are becoming ever more important to international organisations, regardless of sector. And despite this strong global demand, there is a shortage of qualified professionals.
Your analytical, practical and interpersonal skills will make you the ideal candidate for a position that requires you to interact with all levels of a company. In addition, this specialisation will provide you with quantitative modelling, IT, corporate strategy, decision-making and management science skills.
Through case studies, internships, research contracts and informal seminars, the specialisation also has direct links with firms such as DSM, Vodafone, AirFrance KLM and Sabic Europe, providing you with access to great job opportunities. Many of our students find jobs even before graduating. Typical starting positions include information analyst, business analyst, systems analyst, IT consultant and project manager. There are also plenty of opportunities for career advancement, with positions further down the career path including Information Manager, Chief Information Officer and Chief Knowledge Officer.
Graduates have found positions in:
- consultancy firms, e.g. Cap Gemini, KPMG and Accenture - IT companies such as SAP and Google - multinationals such as Shell and Philips - governmental and non-profit organisations.
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