Who is a Business Analyst?
Business Analyst is a new-economy job in a company that acts as a liaison between business people who have a business problem and technology people who know how to create automated solutions.
Business Analysts are responsible for identifying business needs, requirements development and requirements management. Specifically, the Business Analyst elicits, analyzes, validates and documents business, organizational and/or operational requirements.
The Business Analyst is a key facilitator within an organization, acting as a bridge between the client, stakeholders and the solutions team.
What is Business Analysis?
Business Analysis is the set of tasks and techniques used to work as a liaison among stakeholders in order to understand the structure, policies and operations of an organisation, and recommend solutions that enables the organisation to achieve its goals.
- Business analysis focuses on identifying requirements in the context of helping organizations to achieve strategic goals
- Business analysis involves tasks that include investigation, scoping and definition of requirements for new or altered systems
- Business analysis is an important part of the system design process; business analysts along with system analysis identify the needs or requirements of the clients
Many business analysts often perform several of these roles, and therefore this position is best filled by an individual with a broad skill set.
Business analysis is distinct from financial analysis, project management, quality assurance, organizational development, testing, training and documentation development. However, depending on the organization, a business analysis professional may perform some or all of these related functions.
Why Business Analysis?
- To understand the structure and the dynamics of the organization in which a system is to be deployed
- To understand current problems in the target organization and identify improvement potentials
- To ensure that the customer, end user, and developers have a common understanding of the target organization