What do Business Analysts do ?

A business analyst is a person has a solid understanding of all aspects of business. A business analyst also has a thorough understanding of available technologies on the market today, technology here usually means 'information technology' that includes of course 'software development' and 'programming'. These highly commendable skills allow a business analyst to act as a liaison between business people and technology-oriented people who know how to create automated solutions. In many cases business analysts do the whole work themselves, in that case the business analyst is a business man, a project manager, and software programmer, all in one.

The Business Analyst works with the client to find and define requirements that will become the blueprint for a development project.

Business Analysis initially work on business problem identification, alternative solutions generation, and the selection of best solution. In the second phase the business analyst provides detailed requirements documentation and project management instructions such as the type of software development methodology to be used for instance, and delivers and explains this information to a project manager and software developers who will built the automated business solution.

The Business Analyst remains involved with the client through out the project to liaise between business, IT and related staff to ensure that the client's best interests are being maintained, the project is working according to plan, and the clients requirements are being met, while providing quality assurance to the entire process.

Business Analysis, as a discipline, has a heavy overlap with requirements engineering, but focuses on identifying requirements in the context of helping organizations to achieve their mission and goals through internal changes to organizational capabilities, including changes to strategy and policies, processes, and information systems.

 

Business Analysis Services

Business Analysis

Requirements Planning & Management

Requirements Elicitation

Requirements Analysis & Documentation

Requirements Communication

Solution Assessment & Validation

System Analysis

Systems Design

 

 

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Business Analysis

Business Analysis | Systems Analysis & Design

Business Analysis helps an organization to improve how it conducts its functions and activities in order to reduce overall costs, provide more efficient use of resources, and better support customers.

Business analysis studies the company and all its business and operational processes. Further study is performed to define strategic opportunities that could be realized. The companies business relationships, the company's value-chain and supply-chain are analyzed and weighed against rival companies competitive position and the direction of technology, markets, and competitive maneuvers by rival companies.

Business Analysis introduces the notion of process orientation, of concentrating on and rethinking end-to-end activities that create value for customers, while removing unnecessary, non-value added work. The person who carries out this task is called a business analyst (BA).

While a Business Analyst has a thorough understanding business and operational processes and possesses the skill to fully analyze these and in addition determine requirements, improvements and produce improved business and operational designs and their project and implementation plans that will become the new business blueprint, the Business Analyst may or may not also have the skills to build or be able to direct the building of software and IT systems that underpin the new improved business operations.

Those BAs who are not strong in the analysis and improvement of the business and its operations as such, but who have an understanding of common business processes, entities and events, and are under the direction of another business manager or business professional or business analyst and who work solely on developing software systems may be called IT Business Analysts or Technical Business Analysts.

 

Business Analysis

Business Analysis

  • Strategic Planning

  • Strategic Goal Setting

  • Enterprise Analysis Activities

  • Creating and Maintaining the Business Architecture

  • Conducting Feasibility Studies

  • Determining Project Scope

  • Preparing Business Case

  • Conducting Initial Risk Assessment

  • Preparing Decision Package

  • Selecting and Prioritizing Projects

  • Initiating New Projects

  • Managing Projects for Value

  • Managing Project Benefits

 

Requirements Planning and Management
  • Project Team Roles and Stakeholders

  • Business Analysis Work Division Strategy

  • Definition of Requirements Risk Approach

  • Determine Planning Considerations

  • Select Requirements Activities

  • Estimate Requirements Activities

  • Manage Requirements Scope

  • Measure and Report on Requirements Activities

  • Manage Requirements Change

 

Requirements Elicitation
  • Task: Elicit Requirements

  • Brainstorming

  • Document Analysis

  • Focus Group

  • Interface Analysis

  • Interview

  • Observation

  • Prototyping

  • Requirements Workshop

  • Reverse Engineering

  • Survey / Questionnaire

 

Requirements Analysis and Documentation
  • Structuring Requirements Packages

  • Creating Business Domain Model

  • Analysis of User Requirements

  • Analysis of Functional Requirements

  • Analysis of Quality of Service Requirements

  • Determining Assumption and Constraints

  • Determining Requirements Attributes

  • Documenting Requirements

  • Validating Requirements

  • Verifying Requirements

  • Data and Behaviour Models

  • Process and Flow Models

  • Usage Models

 

Requirements Communication
  • Creation of Requirements Communication Plan

  • Managing Requirements Conflicts

  • Determining appropriate Requirements Format

  • Creation of Requirements Package

  • Conducting Requirements Presentation

  • Conducting Formal Requirements Review

  • Obtaining Requirements Signoff

 

Solution Assessment and Validation
  • The Solution Lifecycle

  • Development of Alternative Solutions

  • Evaluation of Technology Options

  • Facilitation of Solution Selection

  • Ensure Usability of Solution

  • Quality Assurance Process

  • Implementation of Solution

  • Communication of Solution Impacts

  • Post Implementation Review and Assessment

 

Systems Analysis & Design

Systems analysis identifies the requirements for a proposed system design by studying an organizations business processes, structures, and objectives. The design is then passed to programmers that will develop and implement the new system.

Systems analysis is the sub field of science, dealing with analysis of systems, often prior to their automation as computer systems, and the interactions within those systems.

This field is closely related to operations research.

Practitioners of systems analysis are often employed to dissect information systems, that have grown haphazardly, to determine the current components of the system. Their skills are often used to modify, expand or document existing systems (processes, procedures and methods). Systems analysis can also be called upon to create entirely new systems.

Current employment titles utilizing systems analysis include, but are not limited to, Systems Analyst, Business Analyst, Enterprise Architect.

 

Systems Analysis & Design

  • The Systems Development Environment

  • Managing Information System Projects

  • The Business Case

  • Identifying and Selecting Systems Development Projects

  • Initiating and Planning Systems Development Projects

  • Systems Analysis

  • Determining System Requirements

  • Structuring System Requirements

  • Process Modelling

  • Logical Modelling

  • Data Modelling

  • Network Modelling

  • Object Modelling

  • Selecting Design Strategy

  • Object-Oriented Analysis and Design

  • Joint Application Development

  • Rapid Application Development

  • Logical and Physical Design

  • Forms and Reports

  • Interfaces and Dialogues

  • Logical Data Modelling

  • Files and Databases

  • Process Design

  • Software Design

  • System Implementation

  • System Maintenance

  • System Support