In today’s video, you’ll learn some core differences between business intelligence and data science.

Business Intelligence
Data Sources Mostly internal
Technologies OLAP / ETL / Data warehousing
Types of Data Customer service/Sales/Marketing/Operational/Employee performance
Expertise IT/Business Technology
Outputs Reports/Data Tables/Dashboards
Data Science
Data Sources Internal and external
Technologies Cloud platforms / R / Python / Machine learning
Types of Data Transactional/Social/Machine/Audio/Video/Emails/PDFs
Expertise Math/Stats/Coding/Business
Outputs Interactive analytics/Data visualizations

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Lillian Pierson, P.E.

Lillian Pierson is a CEO & data leader that supports data professionals to evolve into world-class leaders & entrepreneurs. To date, she’s helped educate over 1.3 million data professionals on AI and data science. Lillian has authored 6 data books with Wiley & Sons Publishers as well as 8 data courses with LinkedIn Learning. She’s supported a wide variety of organizations across the globe, from the United Nations and National Geographic, to Ericsson and Saudi Aramco, and everything in between. She is a licensed Professional Engineer, in good standing. She’s been a technical consultant since 2007 and a data business mentor since 2018. She occasionally volunteers her expertise in global summits and forums on data privacy and ethics.

This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. Monalucci

    Thìs difference is very clear now.I used to think being a BI developer automatically makes u a data scientists.

    1. I don’t know… BI Developer sounds more like data engineering than data science. Are you using advanced math and statistics to make predictions and tell the business exactly what they need to do to get a certain result? That’s more the data science end of the spectrum…

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