What is Business Analysis?

Business analysis is an important sub-discipline of information systems, particularly where the systems are used in an organisational context and is the process of identifying business problems, and then solving them through the implementation of new or existing systems. 

Business analysts can work from many perspectives and areas of expertise. They can use systems analysis, modelling, analysis of business data, and also support and advise senior managers on how to use systems. Business analysts also use process analysis, business design and IT-focused skills.

If you are serious about building and developing software systems, then your BA skills are essential. For a BA to become a successful business analyst, he needs to be a self-starter, able to solve business problems, understand business requirements, and be creative.

What is needed to be a Business Analyst

Business analysts often have a number of skills – being a master of systems analysis, business leadership, and technical skills.

Business analysis is a systematic and disciplined analysis of business problems and how these problems can be solved. Understanding the business problems and their implications for business and how they can be solved contributes to decision making and ultimately to business success. 

Business analysis is also a process of gathering data and information about business problems, and then analyzing the problem or set of problems to find solutions. Business analysis is often used to investigate the business and identify the drivers of business success.

Business Analysts often report business issues to an internal and external business analysis department, or to an external consultant partner. Business analysis can also be done by internal business analysts.

Business Analysts are responsible for defining business problems, measuring various aspects of the business problems, and designing and implementing solutions. 

Business analysis departments are typically comprised of individuals who have specialized knowledge of the business and its problems, and who have the technical skills to identify and solve business problems, and who are available to support the business analysts in their tasks.

Types of Business Analysts

There are many types of business analysts. At its broadest, a business analyst may be a senior executive with a wide range of responsibilities, and who may also be involved in the recruitment and selection of business analysts. 

This type of consultant may have a special area of expertise, or an area of specialization that allows them to do the job of a business analyst. 

A business analyst may also be a part of a larger organisation, such as an organisation that provides information technology support, a research department, or an information technology consulting firm.

Some types of business analysts may be highly specialized, and may only be available to perform a specific business analysis function. They may only work with a small number of business owners and stakeholders, or may only work within a specific industry. 

Business Analysis is widely used in many organisations and industries:

  • Companies that are involved in product development, such as software companies (for example, Microsoft, IBM, etc.) and hardware companies (for example, Philips, General Electric, etc.)
  • Business services providers (for example, advertising agencies, travel agencies, publishing houses, etc.)
  • Industries such as software-related industries (computer software, web development, etc.) and the Internet-related industries (for example, Internet companies such as Google, Yahoo, etc.

Business Analysts often help businesses in many ways:

  • Providing business analysis support (for example, training, mentoring, research, etc.)
  • Developing software systems (for example, development of business analysis tools) and providing development services for these systems (for example, system development and testing, system integration, infrastructure implementation, etc.)
  • Business analysis helps identify business problems and then design solutions.
  • Business analysis can help design and manage internal business processes.
  • Business analysis can help develop business and marketing plans for different types of products or services.
  • Business analysts can help develop integrated systems solutions and also provide consulting services.
  • Business analysts manage different business functions, such as marketing, finance, business development, product development, etc.
  • Business analysts can help people understand the business environment and their role in it.

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