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KID adds 25 more graduates to BI market

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Knowledge Integration Dynamics (KID), South Africa’s largest business intelligence and data management company, will complete its third successful KID Academy training course at the end of March.

The KID Academy has been created to address the chronic skills shortage affecting the business intelligence and related markets.
“All companies in this market are facing a chronic lack of resources and poor skills,” says KID Academy’s Charl Barnard. “We understand the seriousness of the problem and realised that we need to make the appropriate investments to create and develop skills.”
The two previous courses saw 16 students and deployed into the market. Once this course is complete, nine additional students will have qualified.
Trainees are taken through a three-month programme which addresses the entire business intelligence lifecycle, from data warehouse design and architecture; through ETL (extraction, transformation and loading), including data quality and profiling; to the end result, including reports, dashboards and key performance indicators (KPIs).
The cost of the course is borne by KID, and graduates work on-site at clients for KID for a designated period.
Trainees are exposed to tools such as Oracle, Microsoft, MicroStrategy, Cognos and Informatica, and certified on them where appropriate. Where no certification exists at present, KID has developed its own. In addition, KID obtains the world’s leading training material from abroad, representing a total investment of more than R500 000.
“Our next intake is in May,” says Barnard. “We are looking for suitably skilled people, such as graduates with B Com IT degrees, for instance. They will be carefully screened for aptitude and skills levels.”
The KID Academy aims to become a de facto industry-standard certification and be accepted as such by all in the market.
“The skills gained by students through this course are invaluable,” says Barnard. “They are able to successfully contribute to organisations due to their focused experience and knowledge gained.”