MicroStrategy jobs are a hot ticket in the BI world right now. Business intelligence in general is doing pretty well as an industry. Here’s an overview of the market and where some of the positions are.
The company itself is aggressively looking to fill positions internally. With the consolidation with some of the bigger vendors like SAP and IBM, they’ve been looking to get ex-employees from some of the mega-vendors to fill consulting and sales slots, so their job board has a lot of these positions available. Prior BI experience is a definite nice to have, but they will hire people with data warehousing and programming experience. ETL can also be a good skill that can aid in getting a look. A lot of their demand is for programmers who can do SDK, so Java and web programming is good as clients want to have their web portal and implementations customized and linked into other systems. Their initial boot camp, while rigorous, will get you certified within a couple of weeks.
Some consulting firms are also looking to expand out their MSTR practices. Deloitte and Accenture, for example, are examples of large systems implementers moving to grow their BI practice and looking for specific technology implementation. Its not quite as big a market for positions as for Cognos or Business Objects. KPMG, PWC, and Ernst & Young currently have no Microstrategy practice, for example. Microstrategy tends to work with smaller technology partners, so you may also want to look at them as sources for open positions too.
Current MSTR clients, especially retail and financial services, are also looking to fill roles. These are often for administrator or developer type positions. Like other BI positions, an administrator tends to be more hardware, performance, and infrastructure focused, while the developer positions are focused more on report development. The architect position is also commonly found, and they are more focused on object creation, metadata, and data warehousing around the Microstrategy implementation. Prior certification is a good idea.
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