NIIT, SAS join hands to impart 'business intelligence' education

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New Delhi, Jul 29 (UNI) Eyeing the increasing demand for business intelligence (BI) professionals across various sectors, computer education firm NIIT today said it has partnered with a global leader in business analytics software SAS Institute Inc to impart BI education in the country and abroad.

''Business Intelligence has opened exciting career opportunities for youth around the world. NIIT will address the rising global talent shortage in this area through our alliance with SAS Institute,'' NIIT CEO Vijay K Thadani told reporters here.

Through this partnership, NIIT will use SAS software to offer specialised curriculum on BI under its flagship programme, GNIIT, for undergraduates, and advanced technology portfolio for engineers, graduates and IT professionals.

The new curriculum will introduce students to technologies like analytics, programming, dashboards, data mining and warehousing.

The two-year course will cost Rs 1,15,000 in the metros and Rs 1,05,000 in the non-metros.

Starting next month, this curriculum will initially be imparted through 150 NIIT centres across the country.It will gradually be increased to 300 centres and eventually the company plans to take this course to 35 countries where it has a presence.

''We will start next month with our 150 centres which will be increased to 300 and after that we even aim to take this programme to our 35 overseas centres,'' Mr Thadani said.

Currently, there is requirement of 75,000 BI professionals in the country, he said, which is growing at the rate of 40 per cent per year.

''Presently, we are able to meet only 50 per cent of this requirement. We target to enroll about 8,000 students in the first year of operation and will increase this number to 40,000 in the next three years,'' Mr Thadani said.

According to IDC' India BI Market Program 2007, the BI, data warehousing and associated software market stood at 80 million dollars in 2007 and expected to touch 265 million dollars by 2012, growing at a CAGR of 27 per cent.

The services market in this segment stood at 25 million in 2007 and expected to touch 450 million dollars by 2012, witnessing a CAGR of 78 per cent.

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