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Business Intelligence (BI) Users

Are you a developer or a consumer?

BIRS primarily works with two categories of users with different needs and levels of expertise, developers and consumers. The category of user helps you and BIRS determine the appropriate services and training needed.


Report Developers sit with the business unit and spend much of their time working with data and using analytics tools. Developers have knowledge of a report’s data source(s) and a working knowledge of data tables, subject areas, criteria, and joins. Developers may have additional folder level permissions in the reporting catalogs.


Report Consumers run reports and analyze data, but they do not frequently use analytics tools.

Developer vs Consumer Checklist

Level of Data Source Knowledge
None to limited knowledgeYes
Limited to average knowledgeYesYes
Extensive knowledgeYes
Data source table joins/criteriaYes
Report Types
Run Once a Term/Quarterly/AnnuallyYes
Run MonthlyYes
Run WeeklyYesYes
Run DailyYesYes
Build a New ReportYes
Modify an Existing ReportYes
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