10 Predictions for Business Analysts in 2014
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.
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.
With resources scarce, SMBs will direct analysts to gather requirements and put them into production.
Business analysts will be asked to join projects in the beginning to “take the journey” with teams and provide constant context.
Huge, monolithic business-requirements document bad. (Too expensive, time consuming and inflexible.) Interactive, collaborative documents good. (Easier access, better traceability, scalability and quality control.)
Because they are valued for their knowledge and business contributions, analysts will move on to lofty positions such as enterprise analyst and enterprise architect.
Sponsors, decision-makers and execs will take business-analytics courses to lend greater awareness, insight and support.
The need to get requirements right the first time for mobile, big data and security transforms the business analyst into the BMOC.
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.
The increasing presence of enterprise-cloud initiatives will drive demand for pros who can crunch requirements analysis for native cloud apps