Business analysis fits into many different categories and at widely different levels of expertise. The professional practice of business analysis is still developing and organizations such as the International Institute of Business Analysts (IIBA) are leading the way to standardizing what's expected of professionals in this field.
The Business Analysis Body of Knowledge (BABOK®) defines business analysis as the set of tasks, knowledge, and techniques required to identify business needs and determine solutions to business problems.
They go on to explain how systems development is often a part of business analysis, but it can also pertain to process improvement or organizational changes.
If we step back to think about most IT projects, we usually start with either a brand new concept or the automation of an existing process. In both situations, designing the new automated process requires the use of business analysis.
In Agile development, there is some debate about the involvement of business analysts. We contend that they indeed are a necessary part of an Agile team. The concepts that are used to elicit, analyze, communicate and validate requirements in a traditional waterfall SDLC also apply in an Agile environment, only the cycle time is considerably shorter.
If you're looking for senior level business analysis in your organization, we can help.
What We Provide
We offer top level business analysis. We define the work primarily as Business Technology Analysis. We do this because our skills and talents are not exclusive to either full business analysis or full technology analysis, but rather a convergence of these two into one specialty that can evaluate business solutions with technology in mind to develop the most value for a business.
Some areas where we apply these skills are:
- Business requirements elicitation, analysis, communication and validation on IT related projects.
- At a high level analyzing business and project objectives to develop solutions to real world business problems.
- Working with management to understand their strategic goals and help with how best to accomplish them.
- Business modeling in areas such as goals, data models, process models, and organizational structure.
- Business process analysis to define current and future processes.
We find that the most successful business analysts are skilled in both business analysis and facilitation.
If you have needs in these areas, please contact us for more information. We look forward to talking with you.