A Business Analyst (BA) is someone who analyzes the existing or ideal organization and design of systems, including businesses, departments and organizations. BAs also assess business models and their integration with technology.
What do business analysts essentially do? At the most basic level, a business analyst acts as a translator or liaison between the customer or user and the IT person or group attempting to meet this user’s needs. In a nutshell, business analysts are ‘responsible for identifying the business needs of their clients and stakeholders, to determine solutions to business problems.’
Careers as a Business Analyst: In the Indian professional domain job opportunities for a BA is catching up at a dramatic pace and is one of the fastest growing careers today. Did you know…American employers will need 876,000 business analysis related professionals by 2020? (Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment Projections Program) Opportunities for a BA are manifold, based on education and analytical skills.
Skills essential for a Business Analyst:
- Analytical Thinking and Problem Solving
- Leadership and Influencing
- Business Knowledge
- Communications Skills (both written and verbal)
These competencies represent the knowledge and personal characteristics necessary to support the effective performance of business analysis and are essential for effective performance at any level of experience.