Center for Business Intelligence and Analytics

With ever increasing amounts of data, organizations are identifying the importance of Business Intelligence and Analytics (BIA) for decision making. Gartner recognized BI as one of the fastest growing areas, as organizations seek to compete and differentiate themselves through data-based decisions. To realize the full potential of these technologies, organizations require well-trained and educated management and analytic subject matter experts to transform the data and results into actionable information for decisions. A McKinsey Global Institute report identified that the U.S. will need 1.5 million data-savvy managers and analysts, and will face a shortfall of 140,000-190,000 analytics workers. In a survey by the Accenture SAS Analytics Group, nearly three quarters of organizations indicated an investment priority of improving analytical skills of current employees, with more than half indicating a priority of hiring more analytical talent.

In order to meet this demand, the Center for Business Intelligence and Analytics (CBIA), housed within Stetson University's School of Business Administration, seeks to develop knowledge and skills vital in the fast-changing field of business, through developing cutting-edge managers and analysts with skills in decision-making using analytical techniques. The center provides the framework for joint academic and industry collaboration to develop the next generation of industry experts. The core components of the center include partnerships, placement, programs, and projects.