Understanding Modern Business Analyst Roles:
There are many types of roles that are required of a Business Analyst. It depends greatly on the type of industry you are in, but some fundamental aspects remain. Let’s break the term Business Analyst down for a second. The term Business implies the goal of making money. But there are many types of organizations that are in business not just to make money. Take non-profit organizations or community groups for example. So some people may argue that a better term for a Business Analyst is a “Organization Analyst”. The most key roles for a Business Analyst include:
- Superior attention to detail
- Great interpersonal skills
- Excellent communication both written and verbal
- Understanding of the company’s business practices and familiarity with the industry.
You should notice that a business analyst is not just confined to one type of industry. The main goal of a Business analyst is to define the solution that helps the organization reach its goal; it is that simple. Now days more and more people feel that the Business Analyst is involved in just I.T. solutions. This is not the case. There are many different types of business analysts and they can have varying degrees of responsibility.
Roles of a Business Analyst
Here are just a few of the titles that encompass the role of Business Analyst.
- Business Analyst
- Systems Analyst
- Data Analyst
- Business Systems Analyst
- I.T. Business Analyst
- Product Development Business Analyst
This is just a small list of the types of roles that business analysts can occupy. If you are looking to become a business analyst in the I.T. field then you may be required to know software development or understand the structure of how networks are built. A business can be a very integral part of an organizations success or failure. It is not the type of job that you can assume has entry level positions. Business Analysts are usually experts or have high competency in their field. There are however courses and certifications that you can recieve to help you with credentials. I have done lots of research and have found very few formal business analyst training programs. It is hard to set up programs for roles that experts in a particular field will employ. Although there are some online courses and universities that do offer such course work. The roles of Business Analysts are always changing and will continue to do so.