If there was ever a great time to be a Business Analyst, it's now!
Business Analysts have always played a key role in the design, development, and implementation of software by performing tasks such as:
There were also various classic questions/issues related to the Business Analyst profession, none of which was their fault, such as:
There was also an ongoing question as to how many business analysts do you need in relationship to the number of programmers needed to build the software they defined. These days are all but over. The role of the Business Analyst has dramatically risen in regard to its stature within the organisation, demand for people with a Business Analyst skill-set, and the desire for skills in all parts of the organisation. This change has come about because of various IT mega-trends, including Cloud Computing, the movement from Information Technology (IT) to Business Technology (BT), Outsourcing, and the Consumerisation of IT.
The reason these IT mega-trends are having such a profound effect on the Business Analyst profession is three fold:
For all of these reasons, and more, a strong Business Analysis skill-set is very valuable and marketable in this recovering economy.
This uplifting of Business Analyst stature brings with it a note of caution which has always been in place, but is now becoming much more profound. This is the rise of the Business Analyst with specific industry and software application specialties. Very often, IT groups would be willing to hire a Business Analyst based solely on their skills and ability to do business analysis tasks, such as writing Functional Specifications, with less emphasis on past business-related projects. IT organisations were willing to do this because there were other people within IT that had strong backgrounds in the needed business areas (programmers, testers, and trainers). As a result, the newly hired Business Analyst could be brought up to speed relatively quickly. This is not the case, however, within the business areas. If they want to implement SalesForce as their CRM system, they want someone who understands sales organisations and has past experience with SalesForce. If they want to implement a cloud-based version of the Oracle Financials, they want someone who understands finance/accounting organisations and has past experience with that specific software. This list goes on and on.
The moral of this last point is that it’s great to have a skill-set that is in high demand, but true professional marketability comes with the combination of skills and specific business and application knowledge.
The Irish Computer Society and The National College of Ireland have partnered to offer a Hetac Level 8 certificate in Bussiness Analysis. For more information or to register for this course. click HERE