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What does a business analyst do?

Building and maintaining a company, includes ensuring it operates smoothly on a daily basis,and that it is able to deal with change that happens continuously. The job of a business analyst,irrespective of the industry they operate in is connected to the management of change in companies. With the role of a business analyst becoming increasingly important in a variety of industries and companies of various sizes, we examine what is included in the job and what they do.  We also look at how a business analyst helps companies meet their goals via projects, which results in changed or new products, services or software being introduced to the market.

What does a business analyst do on a daily basis?

An important part of the business analyst’s job profile is problem solving.  The business analyst provides solutions to problems that a company is currently facing or might face in the future. Problems faced bya company might be at the project level or specific to the sales department. The analyst helps ensure that problems are solved so that new products, software or services are successful and profitable.

Job deliverables of a business analyst and educational qualifications

With business analysts working on everything from projects in the IT sphere to others in finance, marketing, sales and operations their job deliverables vary. Job deliverables importantly are tailored so that a company’s needs are met. Therefore the education and training that a business analyst requires varies according to industries, their role it the organization and the employer’s needs. Some employers also require business analysts to have specific degrees and educational qualifications that will help them handle IT related projects easily.

Skills that a business analyst requires

Top notch Investigative skills is one of the major requirements of a business analyst regardless of whether they are in finance, insurance, telecoms, utilities, banking or software service industries. The questions asked as part of the investigative process helps the analyst gain an understanding of the project and how it is progressing.

Business analysts are also required to have exceptional communication skills, which allow them to convey information from teams within the company to stakeholders such as vendors, managers and customers.

Analyzing and evaluating data and information that is gathered from IT departments and other sources such CRM software, is also another important aspect of the business analyst job profile. As part of the job business analysts also need to be skilled in the use of sophisticated tools that help them sift through data, create test cases, flow charts and more. With the aid of various tools business analysts weigh all the available solutions to a problem, and then arrive at the correct solution to meet the actual needs of a project. By analyzing data the business analyst also keeps track of the status of a project currently, and ensures that it matches a baseline and puts into place corrections that need to be made.

Technical skills are also important,especially in the case of IT Business Analysts. These analysts often need to have an understanding of how the current IT system within a company works and how IT development efforts can help improve profits.

With business analysts being used extensively in companies of different sizes, employers are looking to hire those with the right set of educational qualifications and certifications. The right certificates and skills allow business analysts to excel in various industries and help companies improve their products, services and more.