One may wonder why a business analyst’s profile is listed under software jobs. Normally we associate the role of a business analyst with finance and business operation. They are the people who analyze commercial viability of a project and based on their report a project or a product is launched. Similarly in software profile there is a need of research to test the water before developing an application.
Business analysts are the people knowledgeable about a business performance or industry and they guide the team of developers in developing the application. Analysts are highly valued in the industry. They prepare the industry report that is applied in developing customized enterprise application. Business analyst requires knowledge in both business operation and technology to coordinate between the teams.
A business analyst in software industry is essentially a software graduate with vast knowledge in application development, software and programming. Side by side they must also have degree in business administration for better understanding of commercial aspects.
They need to work in tandem with the client to understand his requirements and to offer suggestions for betterment. Inside the organization he takes up the brain storming session with software architects and senior developers to sketch a proper execution plan. A business analyst job therefore requires good communication, interpersonal and leadership skills.
Business analysts are often assisted by data miners and data warehousing experts.
Data warehousing: Knowledge of data warehousing would give an edge to a business analyst’s profile. Data staging or data warehousing store categorized data before the development process starts and archive them once the job is done. It helps the analyst to extract data to use and upload data to a single target platform.
Data mining: As the name suggests, data is collected from different sources to facilitate the purpose of the analysis. It helps defining multilayered relation between data and helps with analysis. There can be separate data miners to assist in the analysis process but experience in it can help a business analyst to further in his career.
Business analysts are also responsible for risk assessment in a project. The risk management jobs involve assessing the bottlenecks that can occur during development and later during the implementation phase. Predicting the errors and taking steps in resolving those. Communicating daily with the cross functional teams to see that the project gets completed within the deadline and experiences minimum hitches.
Set of skills required for business analyst job are:
- Degree in business administration or management
- Knowledge of programming and software
- Experience in database architecting and management
- Data warehousing and data mining
- At least four years of experience in similar or project leader position
- Working experience in different positions for several years
- Good leadership skills
- Innovative and self motivating
- Good communication skills
- Team playing ability