Within the past few years, the term “Business Analyst” has become both popular and arcane. This has made the term rank high in search engines as people have been frequently trying to understand what exactly the role of a BA is and why they are suddenly among the most sought after professionals in the world.
A Business Analyst works to help improve processes and systems in an organisation by conducting research and analysis using specialised (yet common) tools in order to come up with solutions to business issues. In case that does not seem descriptive enough, maybe the next few lines will help.
The job of the BA often involves a lot of research and data. They do this to understand the health of the company, understand how the company operates; and with the information gathered, they would suggest ways to improve the organisation’s practices and processes all in a bid to make the company more profitable.
Recently, the role of the BA has involved recommendations and implementation of new digital tools and computer systems, because that is what many organisations now require for growth. Yes, many will argue that brick-and-mortar family-run businesses really do not need digital tools but this is far from the truth, as every business needs to embrace and integrate digital transformation in order to compete and survive.
The typical role of a Business Analyst includes the following:
- Analysis of the structure of the business.
- Identifying and uncovering problems within the business that needs to be addressed.
- Communicating with Stakeholders and clients what the end goals of the business are and identifying which digital tools would help them achieve such goals.
- Formulating ways the business could improve.
- Analyzing how to introduce technology and documenting its benefits.
- Overseeing the implementation of technology and introducing training models to get the team up to speed.
From the roles, we can already guess the skills required of a Business Analyst.
Since most of the functions of a BA will revolve around analysis, research, implementation, documentation and training, a typical Business Analyst is expected to:
- Be a problem solver
- Be able to think critically and analytically.
- Manage time properly
- Communicate clearly while speaking and writing.
- Have good interpersonal skills.
- Exhibit excellent leadership and management skills.
- Have a keen eye for detail.
- Be a project manager.
Now that you understand the roles of a Business Analyst, you may be a bit curious about the qualifications required for this position.
A BA’s position would typically require a Bachelor’s degree in any discipline, but usually, individuals with business-, economics-, finance- and computing- backgrounds tend to meet the eye of a few employers. Alternatively, professional certifications courses are available with registered Business Analysis Institutions.
In Slingstone, we do not just offer Business Analysis training programmes, we also offer CV reviews and interview coaching sessions and help our students position themselves to get great industry offers. On the other hand, our team of project managers help support our students through their employment process until they are confident enough in their new career path.
If you would like to speak with someone on how to make the transition into this new career, send us an email or make use of the chat feature on our website.