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Posted Friday, May 24, 2013 3:37 PM
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I'm in my current job over 2 years as a database consultant and dba its feeling like its time to move on.

Im comfortable with the sql db engine and can do a DBA job with little ramp up period, pretty much hitting the ground running, but I think I'd like to give bi a go. I'm not so interested in the db engine anymore and would like a change.

I have limited SSIS, SSAS, Tabular/power pivot , reporting experience but would like to develop that, without taking a pay cut.

Ideally I'd get a DBA role with bi responsibilities, but its rare to get an ideal role.

So, is it a good idea to go for a job you can do quickly with little ramp up, or to go for something you would need some ramp up & training, but would be enthusiastic about?

More importantly, how do employers feel about such a candidate?
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Posted Tuesday, May 28, 2013 12:15 PM


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It depends on a few factors. The biggest factor would be salary. Most likely if you make the switch to BI you would be coming in entry level even though you have overall database experience. The switch would most likely cause you to take a pay cut. If you can absorb that financial loss then I say go pursue the BI route.

A less risk option would be to build up your BI skills on the side and eventually make the transition then. Do everything you can to get up to speed with BI and then take on small BI consulting jobs. Once you do enough of those you will have the portfolio and experience to make the switch full-time to BI at a mid to senior level instead of entry level.

Best of luck!
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