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Becoming an OBIEE or SAS Data Analyst

Oracle Database Tips by Donald BurlesonDecember 26, 2015

Question:  I am interested in learning Oracle analytics, and I am choosing between  OBIEE and/or SAS as a career path.  I know that both use Oracle database, but which is the most challenging?  I have a friend who claims to be making over $2,000,000.00 per year at SAS in Cary, North Carolina.

Answer:  Like all great billionaires, Jim Goodnight rewards excellence, and the practice of paying stellar salaries for stellar workers does not surprise me.  If you are looking at working in Oracle OBIEE or SAS as a developer, you will find the entrance requirements to be huge hurdles.

SAS and OBIEE are similar careers, with essentially the same job duties, using software to solve complex trending and correlation problems. It requires a math minor and several years of advanced calculus and statistics.

  • SAS - IS A GROWING COMPANY - Be prepared to meet Jim in person.  They don't make employment decisions lightly. SAS is the best place on earth to work, and for good reason. Jim is an NC God . . . try for SAS, but they make the hiring decision, not you . . . if you have an advanced degree in multi-variate statistics and actuarial-level stats, you might make the cusp.

  • OBIEE 11g is also growing - This is a much more open career choice. I've been doing data warehousing since OIEE was spinning mag tapes (With SAS, BTS+WTW), and it's great fun, but not as hard to get into.

Dr. Hamm has a great book on Oracle Data Mining.  Check it out!

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