What A Business Analyst Looks Like – On Paper!

Have you ever wanted to know what the typical Business Analyst looks like? What their background is, where they’re employed, and perhaps even what they earn? If so, you’re in luck! Part one of the IIBA’s 2023 State of Business Analysis Report has been published, and it paints a pretty good picture of what Business Analysts (BAs) worldwide look like – on paper, that is!

In this article, we’ll take a look at some of the key findings of their global study. We’ll share the educational background of the average BA, their professional experience, the sectors and industries that most Business Analysts work in, and their average salaries. Perhaps most importantly, we’ll also share a few tips on how you can stand out in this increasingly competitive field.

The Role of Business Analysis in the Finance Industry: Navigating Through Data, Strategy, and Technology

In the dynamic world of finance, where decisions are made in milliseconds and market trends can shift in an instant, the role of Business Analyst (BA) stands as a beacon of insight. At the heart of every financial institution, Business Analysts serve as the architects of strategy and interpreters of data, empowering efficiency along the way. But our impact extends beyond the boardroom, it helps with shaping the financial landscape for institutions and customers alike.

In this article, we’ll delve into the multifaceted relationship between business analysis and finance, exploring its various types, importance, and intersection with emerging technologies within the finance industry.

The Evolving Role of Business Analysts in the Age of Digital Disruption

As technology continues to advance at a ridiculous pace, Business Analysts (BAs) find themselves at the forefront of digital disruption, playing a crucial role in creating a symbiotic relationship between technology and business.

In this article, we’ll explore the evolution of the traditional BA role, analyze the impact of digital disruption on the role, and I’ll provide insights into the skills and mindset required for Business Analysis Professionals to thrive in this ever-evolving business landscape.

Business Analysis in the Era of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

Over the years, the Business Analyst (BA) role has evolved significantly. Traditionally – and still, today – BAs are known as the interpreters of data, the elicitors of requirements, and the changemakers that help organizations make informed decisions.

However, with the advent of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML), the landscape of business analysis has been transformed. BAs now have tools that are more powerful than ever before at their disposal to help us augment our traditional methods and techniques, automate repetitive tasks, and minimize human error.

The Role of Business Analysts in Organizational Change Management

These days, organizations are constantly evolving to keep up with market shifts, technological advancements, and ever-changing customer demands. These ongoing change initiatives usually call for meticulous planning, precise execution, and, perhaps most importantly, the effective management of organizational change. This is where Business Analysts (BAs) play a pivotal role. We act as the bridge between business stakeholders and solution teams, ensuring that changes, ultimately, align with an organization’s goals and objectives.

How Business Analysis Creates Valuable Customer Experiences: Part 2

How Business Analysis Creates Valuable Customer Experiences Part 2

The modern banking experience has come a long way from what had been traditionally expected of financial institutions. In part one of a two-part blog series, we explore how business analysis has assisted banking institutions to focus more on digital touchpoints and features, specifically unraveling the partnership between BAs and UX Designers.

How Business Analysis Creates Valuable Customer Experiences: Part 1

How Business Analysis Creates Valuable Customer Experiences

In the not-so-distant past, a visit to the bank often meant piles of paperwork, and a significant investment of your time and energy. Today, Business Analysts (BAs) are changing all that. In part one of a two-part blog series, we’ll explore how BAs are creating valuable customer experiences, using the banking landscape as an example.

The Evolution of the Business Analyst Role

Rarely do people take a moment to learn the origins of their professions – let alone pinpoint the exact events that were the inspiration for its creation. Luckily, we can do this with the Business Analyst role! Still a somewhat modern role, we can trace the BA role back to its very beginnings and can even identify the problem that inspired the role and allowed organizations to see the value that BAs bring when enacting change. 

Let’s take a few minutes to recognize the genesis of the Business Analyst role and the circumstances that inspired it.

How Being a World Traveler Teaches the Observation Technique

There’s nothing quite like traveling to another part of the world and immersing yourself in a culture that is so unique, so very different from our own, that it leaves you in awe. Stepping into an environment so drastically different than the one you’re used to can awaken you to so many wonderful new experiences – culinary adventures, jaw-dropping sights, captivating aromas, exciting events, and great people! But you may also find yourself surrounded by unfamiliar languages, customs and traditions, and practices. (yes, this is relatable to our profession – stick with me here!)

I’ve heard from other Business Analysts, and know this from personal experience, that we often find ourselves employing our professional skills in our personal lives – even during our vacations! One technique that I find I use – particularly when immersed in another culture – is the observation technique.

Top 7 Reasons You Should Become a Business Analyst

Why should you become a Business Analyst? While I could take direction from what parents tend to say to their kids, “because I said so…” doesn’t quite have the impact I am looking for.  Instead, let me explain what drew me to the career and why it is even better now than when I first started those years ago.