When talking about Business Analysis or Systems Analysis we think about trained practitioners who have the skills and capability to work within an organisation to drive identified business needs from a current state to a future state by engaging with the relevant stakeholders. Solutions will often include a software deployment, but may be purely focussed on process improvement or organisational change.

The analyst will generally work as part of the project team and have some reporting line through the project organisation, either working alone or as part of a bigger team on larger projects.

Within the field there are a number of accreditations available to practitioners including those offered by the:

  • BCS (British Computer Society),
  • PMI (Project Management Institute)¬† and the
  • IIBA (International Institute of Business Analysis)

These accreditations look at the various aspects of the analysis role and run from Foundation level, through Practitioners to Professional.

In many smaller projects it is not unusual to find the Analyst role combined with that of the Project Manager so one person has the responsibility for both activities. As such it is not uncommon to find PM/BA or BA/PM practitioners with CV’s showing their experiences. If such practitioners are to be deployed in larger project organisations it is always good to understand which is their primary skill set as the behaviour profile of the two roles do differ.

Some Typical Business Analyst / Systems Analyst Roles We Recruit:

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Business Analyst

Business Analysts (BAs) are very similar to the Process Analyst role and carry out the requirements gathering exercise in order to perform the AS IS and TO BE analysis.

The Business Analyst however often has a lot more experience in business systems and processes and will often be involved in the decision making about the proposed solution. Within the IT domain, Business Analysts may also be known as Systems Analysts.

An experienced Business Analyst may have specific experience with certain IT solutions or products, or outside the IT domain, experienced Business Analysts will have experience within change or transformation programmes and projects (a more business focus).

Specific qualifications do exist for Business Analysts, such as the ISEB Business Analysis, but experienced Business Analysts are also qualifed and experienced in project management tools and techniques.

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Process Analyst

Process Analyst form part of the project team near the beginning of the project lifecycle. The Process Analyst can also be referred to as a Business Analyst, and specifically works at the requirements capture stage.

The process analyst is concerned with the pre-project state and what the outcomes will be post project, for example; a HR payroll system update project is proposed, before new requirements can be captured (what will the new system do) the current process of payroll needs to be clearly understood. The Process Analyst will use a variety of techniques and tools to capture the current state, normally referred to as “AS IS”.

The Process Analyst will then talk to users, stakeholders and other parties who have instigated the new project to understand what they want in the new system, i.e., what improvements will be made and what business needs the new system will address. A complete capture of this – the new processes – is normally referred to as “TO BE”

The Process Analyst is a role which includes analytical skills coupled with strong communication and interpersonal skills; they need to be able to extract information from a variety of information in order to do a thorough and complete assessment.

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