Business Analysis

Business analysis is the set of tasks and techniques used to work as a liaison among stakeholders in order to understand the structure, policies, and operations of an organization, and recommend solutions that enable the organization to achieve its goals.

(Ref:BABOK – Business Analysis Body of Knowledge)

What is a Business Analyst?

A Business Analyst (BA) is an organizer, listener, investigator, facilitator, communicator, collaborator, innovator, and much more!

A business analyst works as a liaison among stakeholders in order to elicit, analyze, communicate and validate requirements for changes to business processes, policies and information systems. The business analyst understands business problems and opportunities in the context of the requirements and recommends solutions that enable the organization to achieve its goals.

The role of the BA differs from the role of the Project Manager in that the BA is responsible for defining and managing the scope of a business solution, while the PM is responsible for the work necessary to implement that solution.

Business Analysts work in a wide range of industries and can have several different job titles. Whatever your role – business analysis, systems analysis, requirements analysis or management, project management, consulting, process improvement – the IIBA can offer you additional knowledge, tools and support to help you work smarter and more efficiently, and improve your overall job performance.

(Ref: IIBA – International Institute of Business Analysis)