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The importance of Business Analysts in the modern work environment

Find out the main activities and skills to be a Business Analyst

Every business seeks for profits, growing, assertiveness and a couple of more positive adjectives. Seems obvious to say, but the path to chase these results aren’t easy. According to the size and industry, it can require different types of professionals involved. An appropriate and well-designed business plan helps and having on your team the exactly professional to work on it can facilitate the journey too.

In this context that the Business Analysts (BA) are the key, as usually they are the ones who bridges the gap between business and technology. The title of the job position can have a wide range of names and variations, such as Business Analyst, Systems Analyst, Business Systems Analyst, IT Specialist, Requirements Analyst, Consultant, and more. Despite the name, these professionals are responsible for connecting the dots, use analytical, technical and organisational skills and experience to facilitate the identification, design and implementation of business and systems solutions in a rapidly growing and evolving business.

What a Business Analyst Do?

There is a wide range of activities which can be related to a Business Analyst and they can vary from company to company, but usually these professionals work directly to help improve business operations and processes. They also get involved in the design or modification of business systems or IT systems, that’s why part of their role is to understand the problems and needs of the business stakeholders.

Part of the day of a Business Analyst is to work with system architects and developers to ensure the system is properly implemented and running, they also may help to test the system and create documentations and user manuals. These professionals are essential part of the design of technical solutions because they analyse business needs and requirements.

Business Analyst Skills List

To develop a career as a Business Analyst, besides technical knowledge the IT Pro must be comfortable and try to build up the skills below to climb the career ladder as a BA.

  • Communication and interviewing skills
  • Understanding of the business model and processes
  • Problem solving and structured analysis skills
  • Presentation and facilitation skills
  • Project management skills
  • Systems analysis and design methodologies
  • Technical skills

The combination of skills and activities can be completely different according to the size and industry of the company, but to guarantee the growing of their careers, BA's need to be in constant development and learning process. They need to get used to deal with problems and solutions, that’s why a problem-solving mindset is essential. Business Analysts are usually in touch with the strategic direction of the business, they deal in same cases with CTO’s, CEO’s, and Directors, at the same time they need to get in touch with the developers and the technical staff which will develop the solutions. Communication abilities are the key to succeed in this area.

How to Develop your Skills

At New Horizons Ireland we offer a wide range of course options to qualify yourself or your team in Business Analysis. If you aren’t sure which is the most appropriate training for you, talk to one of our Account Managers, they are ready to help you and provide the best IT career advice according to your needs and skills.

Click here to access all our Business Analysis list of courses. 

You can also check out our Leadership and Development program, which is divided into IT Service Management, Human Resource Management, Leadership and Professional Development, Project Management, and Business Analysis.

*The article above is based on the information provide in this link.

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