Business Analysis is the practice of enabling change in an organizational context, by defining needs and recommending solutions that deliver value to stakeholders.
A lot of what BAs do involves technology and using different hardware and software solutions to improve current processes. Business Analysis has been a growing field over the last decade and I’ve been fortunate to see it become more of a profession than just an obscure job title. Many people are still confused by what a Business Analyst really does. While the name implies that we analyze businesses… it’s not always that clear cut. Some BA roles are very specific and focus only on a certain area within a business. Some roles may be exceptionally specialized for a product or process. Other roles may be more general such as with process improvement. Regardless of the type of role, a BA is an agent of change. BAs use a variety of skills and tools to identify problems, research solutions, investigate risks, take in to account business strategy, organizational policies, stakeholder needs and resources available in order to provide solutions that maximize value within an organization.
For more information on Business Analysis, please visit the International Institute of Business Analysis.