1. What is the role of a BA in an organization?
There are many opportunities for Business Analysts within an organization. These can range from entry-level positions for new graduates to senior roles requiring several years of experience within an industry.
The role of Business Analyst is best filled by individuals with a broad skill set. Academic qualifications are important, but so are communication, leadership and the ability to see the big picture.
It is the job of the Business Analyst to bridge the gap of understanding between the business needs and the technology. For this reason, the successful Business Analyst needs to be business savvy and have a very good understanding of technology. While it is helpful for a Business Analyst to be familiar with the industry in which they are working, industry specific information can generally be acquired while working on a project.
Depending on their years of experience, Senior Business Analysts may play a lead role in the strategic evaluation of an organization’s current systems and processes. In addition, they work at a high level to analyze a client’s business, then recommend and develop solutions to address their business challenge.
This Business Analyst must be able to build a cohesive team and possess a strong customer focus. On a project, Business Analysts work closely with the Project Manager and assist with the project planning. They are responsible for the requirements planning and with the gathering and analysis of information. The Business Analyst documents the business requirements which express what actions the business must take in order to resolve a business issue and deliver work products through the project lifecycle.
The Business Analyst will collaborate with business stakeholders throughout the organization to ensure high quality, on-time deliverables and seamless communication. They usually work across a wide variety of roles, developing a diversified skill set which can lead to high level positions within a company.
The Essential Business Analysis Skills
- Analyze and understand the business problems
- Identify and document requirements
- Communicate effectively
- Manage client relationships
- Facilitate discussions
- Negotiate and build consensus
- Model data and processes
- Plan and manage activities
- Facilitate and develop business strategy
- Understand and manage organizational change
2. Who qualifies to become a BA?
If you are working in the role of business analysis, systems analysis, requirements analysis or management, project management, consulting or process improvement, and have an advanced level of knowledge and experience, you will want to consider the many professional benefits of earning the CBAP® designation.
3. Who should attend this program?
The program is especially tailored to address the learning needs of:
- Experienced business analysts facing new challenges
- Analysts who need to increase their requirements elicitation, stakeholder engagement, writing, reporting and modeling skills
- Business managers adding business analysis expertise to their skill set
- New analysts just starting in the industry
- Anyone preparing to obtain the IIBS’s Certified Business Analyst Professional (CBAP) designation
Prior experience in business analysis is not essential.
Program applicants must have post-secondary education, a business background gained through education and/or experience, and management experience with budgetary responsibilities.
The program offers benefits to those seeking to:
- Become a business analyst while the discipline is young and the market is not yet saturated
- Leap ahead in their career with new business analysis and management skills and techniques
- Transition from the various types of “analyst