Business intelligence (BI) is the process of collecting, storing and analyzing data from business operations. BI provides comprehensive business metrics, in near-real time, to support better decision making. The distinctions between BI, data analytics, and business analytics are subtle, and to make things more confusing, these terms are often used interchangeably.
When you are learning BI & DA skills, you should not be distinguishing them anyways. Instead, you should be focusing on learning the right tools to apply to different use cases in order to prepare yourself for a wide range of analytics jobs.
Data analytics is more of an art than science.
Part of the job may be automated by ever-evolving tools, but a data analyst is the visual storyteller that puts the final touches to help business make better decisions.
-Eric Liu, CEO, weCareer.-