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Use These Tools to Discover Your Strengths as a BA

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In chapter 8.1.4 of the International Institute of Business Analysis Guide to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge (otherwise known as the BABOK Guide), you’ll find this: Business analysts must be effective at defining and solving problems in order to ensure that the real, underlying problem is understood and that solutions actually address that problem. So, how good are your problem-solving skills? I highlight some tools that can help you discover your strengths as a BA. For starters, take this… continue…

Demand for Data Analytics Skills Rises Sharply

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Though hiring managers are particularly interested in tech professionals with Java/J2EE development skills, the demand for data expertise has increased notably in the past year, according to a report released Thursday by Dice. Last year, the need for data analysts and analytics skills didn’t even make the top 10. But in the latest survey, they were in the No. 4 spot. It makes sense, considering that more businesses are using Big Data as a strategic tool. For example, game companies… continue…

Every BA Should Know About These Requirements Tools

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If you’re a business analyst, you already know the five key skills you need to be successful. But do you have any ideas about what software can make you more effective at work? This is a question commonly asked by both novice and experienced BAs. In my experience, it really boils down to two kinds of programs: Software that allows you to create diagrams of all kinds and mockups/wireframes. Microsoft’s Visio is a prime example but there are many others, including… continue…

When Software Engineers Whine With Reason

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Not long ago, Slashdot’s Jeff Cogswell set out to see if two business intelligence tools would come back with the same answer to a single question. Two months later, he’s come back with a horror story instead. Not about BI, but about the state of software installation. It’s a tale, he says, of “everything that can go wrong in the customer end of the software world, and some thoughts on what needs to be done, especially in an area known… continue…

IT Salary Trends: What’s Hot

According to InformationWeek‘s 2012 U.S. IT Salary Survey, information technology remains a well-paying field, with median total compensation of $90,000 for staffers and $116,000 for managers. Staffers reported a median rise in total compensation of 1 percent, while managers reported a 1.8 percent rise. Pay is on the increase across job functions. People who perform 11 of 23 staff job functions report median total compensation above $100,000. Last year, just three staff functions broke the six-figure barrier: ERP, enterprise app integration,… continue…

How to Get Into Health IT Without Experience

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The re-election of President Obama means the federal mandates associated with healthcare reform aren’t going away. Initiatives within healthcare organizations that have been a boon to IT hiring are still in play. Though the industry got a reprieve with the delay of the new ICD-10 coding system until 2014, healthcare organizations still face unforgiving deadlines to meet “Meaningful Use” and other regulations. The healthcare industry’s IT staffing needs continue to grow. More than two-thirds of healthcare executives reported IT talent shortages… continue…

How to Solve Retail Problems Through Virtualization

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“Retailers are not known for disruption,” says Rick Terlep of VMware. “They’re not in the business of disrupting the infrastructure. They’re in the business of selling things.” Terlep, along with his colleague Chris Scrudato, shared their thoughts in a session titled “Solving the Problems of the Modern Retailer Through Virtualization” at the VMworld 2012 conference in San Francisco recently. But even if retailers are not disruptive themselves, as Terlep noted, when change happens, retailers have to adapt or they could lose… continue…

The Sex Appeal of the Data Scientist

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The sexiest job of the 21st Century is… Data Scientist. At least that’s what Thomas H. Davenport, a visiting professor at Harvard Business School, says. You see, he describes data science as being a field that’s all about supply and demand. It’s like dating: Who’s sexier than the one you want but can’t find? In an article for the Harvard Business Review, Davenport writes: The shortage of data scientists is becoming a serious constraint in some sectors. If capitalizing on… continue…

Where to Get a Master’s Degree in Big Data

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McKinsey & Company predicts a shortage of deep analytical talent of as many as 190,000 people by 2018, which means there should be abundant opportunities for Big Data analysts and business intelligence experts in the coming years. No wonder universities are coming up with a variety of master’s programs. These new programs are “using business intelligence and other analytical tools to turn social media, sensor, purchase transactions, mobile and other sources of big data into useful information for business and… continue…

Top Tips For Managing IT Projects That Combine Offshore-U.S. Workers

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Managing projects across geographic lines and cultures is becoming more complex as companies expand their workforce options. Project teams can span multiple countries as companies choose offshore resource pools. Each country and organization has their own set of rules and assumptions for they way they work, and it’s up to the PM to help the team understand that and provide those guidelines back to the team. Here are some tips for managing IT projects that combine offshore and U.S. workers:… continue…