Role of the Business Analyst

What does a Business Analyst (BA) do?

The role is both varied and exciting. Senior BA's can be found helping to define strategy within the business, ensuring it aligns with both the internal and external operating environment. A BA is often involved in helping to create a Business Case to provide a justification to support change. Other tasks commonly associated with Business Analysis are the collection and prioritisation of requirements to ensure the scope of change projects is appropriate, working with a Project Manager to understand the requirements within a project and supporting Benefits Realisation after the delivery of projects.

A BA is often referred to as an internal consultant, acting as a bridge between technical resources and business leaders - it should not be viewed as a pure IT role however; effective Business Analysis is really about being able to effectively quantify and manage change investments.