Business Analysis

Everything related to Business Analysis from beginner “101″ advice based on real experiences, to training, coverage of events and seasoned advice how you can be a more effective BA.

How to Apply BA Skills to Business Process Management

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If you’re a business analyst with experience in variations of process improvements, you might want to consider a changeover to business process management. Working in BPM provides you with a deeper understanding of business domains and can be viewed as a solid background for development into a department or operations leader, or an executive or consultant. Let’s look at the roles of BA and BPM, compare and contrast them, and highlight how a BA can enter the field of process… continue…

6 Skills a Great Business Analyst Should Have

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Succeeding as a business analyst requires experience, domain knowledge and sometimes certifications, but it helps if you develop several general skills, as well. It’s valuable to recognize them because they’ll help you thrive in a role that often comes with lots of autonomy, constantly evolving demands and priorities, and tons of ambiguity. These skills don’t necessarily determine whether you’ll be a competent business analyst. But if you’re aware of them, you’ll have a leg up in selling yourself as someone… continue…

Big Data Widens Opportunities for Business Analysts

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One of the newest trends in business analysis is the melding of the BA and BI roles – where BAs become more like data-centric business intelligence analysts, similar to data scientists. As more companies jump onto the Big Data wagon, the widening need for data may breathe new life into the business analysis role, opening more avenues of responsibilities — and corresponding increases in salaries as a result. Click here to find business analyst jobs. Most BAs have technology and… continue…

Business Requirements Are the Foundation of a BA’s Success

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Teams sometimes gloss over a project’s business requirements in their haste to begin development. They do this at their peril, and it’s often up to the business analyst to lead them away from danger. The term “business requirement” describes a need that leads to one or more projects meant to deliver solutions and result in desired business outcomes. Business opportunities, business objectives, success metrics and a vision statement are key elements. Without them, it’s impossible to clearly decide what should… continue…

9 Points to Weigh Ahead of Your Next BA Role

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There’s a strong demand for business analysts out there, which means you could find yourself in the sweet spot of having a number of opportunities to pick from. If you do, don’t jump too fast. Take the time to consider these points as you evaluate your offers. Remember, it’s as important for you to be comfortable with your employer as they are with you. So when you’re searching for your next job, take a look at: The company’s recruiting process,… continue…

Why Retail Analytics Specialists Need New Skills

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Following the consumer fallout of the massive security breach that engulfed Target, retail analytics specialists may find it tougher to glean valuable shopping data from consumers. Consumers’ privacy concerns have already been heightened by the National Security Agency phone spying debacle, and may be exacerbated by the Target incident, making them more reluctant to willingly share information with retailers. Consulting firm Frost & Sullivan predicts that 2014 will be the year of privacy, says InformationWeek. In the wake of all… continue…

Why Business Analysts Should Value Business Models

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As a business analyst, have you ever come across a project where you had to collect requirements and help design a solution for a business group, but every time you talked to someone, you seemed to get different, often conflicting, explanations of how the business works? Most experienced Business Analysts have faced this at one time or another. Many end users only know a narrow slice or view of the business in their areas. Rarely do they understand the whole,… continue…

The Basics of the Business Analyst Career Road Map

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People interested in a career in business analysis should check the International Institute of Business Analysis’ Business Analyst Career Road Map. It outlines the opportunities available and is designed to help you identify your best options based on your experience. For instance, those seeking to break into business analysis that have backgrounds in business, sales, finance or programming can choose between jobs such as Functional Analyst, Service Request Analyst, Agile Analyst, Systems Analyst, Business Systems Analyst and Business Requirements Analyst/Requirements… continue…

How to Use Office Politics to Your Advantage

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Interaction skills (sometimes referred to as “office politics”) are one of the many soft skills employers consider to be important qualities of a Business Analyst. The Business Analyst Body of Knowledge (BABOK) divides interaction skills into three broad areas: facilitation and negotiation, leadership and influencing, and teamwork. It’s critical that BAs possess these skills so they can navigate politics in order to build consensus on a project, and to mitigate conflicts. The point of these skills isn’t so much to… continue…

Take Advantage of Those Consulting Gaps – Part 2

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I’ve been writing about what we can constructively do with the scary gaps in our consulting assignments, otherwise known as “bench time.” In part one, I looked at two of my five suggestions: Attend a Conference: You’ll learn about new technology and may be able to network and gain new clients in the process. Publish Expert Content Articles: Write about your areas of expertise. It’ll expand your horizons, get your name out to more potential customers and generally raise your… continue…