10 Predictions for Business Analysts in 2014

 
 
By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 01-17-2014 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

In the era of big data, it's a great time to be a business analyst. Thanks to the wealth of ever-incoming data with immense potential for organizational or business value—not to mention complexities introduced by mobility, the cloud and more—these professionals are well positioned for career success. And this means CIOs and the tech department will continue to see their roles increase, given that business analysts depend upon IT to ensure they’re accessing the right tools and deploying them with optimal effectiveness (without introducing security risks). Given this, ESI International has put together the following top 10 predictions about business analysts and analytics for 2014. "Business analysts are front and center," says Mark Bashrum, vice president of marketing and strategic intelligence at ESI International, "and their ability to deliver business value through requirements will continue to give them prominence and recognition within the business." ESI compiled its 2014 predictions from insights from both its executives and outside industry experts. For more about the forecast, click here.

 
 
 
  • Skill Sets for Business Analysts and Systems Analysts Will Become Interchangeable

    More and more, they’ll perform the same functions, and this means the systems staff will need better soft skills to effectively come up with requirements, and the business side will have to develop improved technical capabilities.
    Skill Sets for Business Analysts and Systems Analysts Will Become Interchangeable
  • Agile Will Emerge as a Competency, Not a Methodology

    Agile works wonders in getting the right requirements in quantity, quality and representation. However, business analysts will have to learn that agile is about culture as opposed to "checklists/templates" methods.
    Agile Will Emerge as a Competency, Not a Methodology
  • The Roles of Business Analyst and Project Manager Will Overlap for SMBs.

    With resources scarce, SMBs will direct analysts to gather requirements and put them into production.
    The Roles of Business Analyst and Project Manager Will Overlap for SMBs.
  • Early and Often Will Rule the Day

    Business analysts will be asked to join projects in the beginning to “take the journey” with teams and provide constant context.
    Early and Often Will Rule the Day
  • Requirements Management Will Grow in Sophistication

    Huge, monolithic business-requirements document bad. (Too expensive, time consuming and inflexible.) Interactive, collaborative documents good. (Easier access, better traceability, scalability and quality control.)
    Requirements Management Will Grow in Sophistication
  • Career Paths Open Up

    Because they are valued for their knowledge and business contributions, analysts will move on to lofty positions such as enterprise analyst and enterprise architect.
    Career Paths Open Up
  • Project Sponsors Catch the BA Bug

    Sponsors, decision-makers and execs will take business-analytics courses to lend greater awareness, insight and support.
    Project Sponsors Catch the BA Bug
  • Business Analysts Become the Big Man on Campus

    The need to get requirements right the first time for mobile, big data and security transforms the business analyst into the BMOC.
    Business Analysts Become the Big Man on Campus
  • Enterprise Architecture Comes Back to Life

    Many highly paid enterprise architects were downsized during the last recession. Today’s organizations will acknowledge this was short-sighted in light of big data challenges, and bring them back.
    Enterprise Architecture Comes Back to Life
  • Cloudy Days Ahead

    The increasing presence of enterprise-cloud initiatives will drive demand for pros who can crunch requirements analysis for native cloud apps
    Cloudy Days Ahead
 
 
 
 
 
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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