Business analysis is a growing field and has emerged as one of the best practices across the globe. Clearly, most IT jobs have a clear, specific job description and career path but this does not apply to the Business Analysis field.
The business analyst career path tends to vary from one job to another. As they do, so does their job description. Business Analysis is a career path that drags back and forth between IT and business. Like I said in the History of Business Analysis page, Business Analysis does not only apply to the IT field, it cut across disciplines.
You can start your career as a business analyst, then move into a project management role, then an IT management path, and you could even move into process management. As time goes by, you could climb the process leadership or process ownership ladder, and then go back over to management as manager of an IT company or even own your own business
The Business Analyst role is a multi-faceted role. As a “Solution provider”, the business analyst is responsible for investigating business needs and problems. Thereby, capturing requirements for improvement and coming up with a solution that aligns with the business goals. Also, through research and collaborating with the stakeholders, the business analysts build up a solid understanding of the current processes within an enterprise and carefully analyze the information to identify the best way to implement change.
Other common job titles for people who perform business analysis include:
〉 Business Architect,
〉 Business systems analyst
〉 Data analyst
〉 Enterprise analysts
〉 Management Consultant
〉 Product owner
〉 Process analysts
〉 System analysts
〉 Product Manager
〉 Requirement Engineer
RESPONSIBILITIES OF A BUSINESS ANALYST
Business Analysts play a huge role in recommending and aligning solutions with the need of the stakeholders. Often times, the activities that business analysis perform include the following:
〉 Identify problems and opportunities for improvement in business operations and processes,
〉 Gather relevant documents and requirements
〉 Analyzing the needs and solutions,
〉 Interact with the business stakeholders and subject matter experts in order to understand their problems and needs
〉 Devising strategies to design or modify business systems or processes
〉 Sometimes, they help test the system and create system documentation and user manuals
Having learned what the roles and responsibility of a Business Analyst are, the question is: “What are your plans for your Business Analysis career?”
Learn more about Business Analysis by attending the IIBA Business Analysis training course. You can also gain a formal business analysis qualification.