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  • Writer's pictureSaurav Bakshi

02 - Business Analysis 2.0 in Action - Evolution

Multiple blog posts and articles have tried to establish a chronology for business analysis as a profession and how it has evolved over time. I have added the references below for your further exploration.

In summary, Business Analysis started as a profession, when more and more technology - focussed businesses, cross-functional teams including IT as function started to see good requirements as key criteria for success and vice versa. The decade of 1990s saw a few examples such as the popular "The Chao Report (1994) by The Standish Group".

There onwards a requirements became key focus of the project and technology delivery. Business Analysis as voice and language of technology for the business stakeholders and voice and language of business for the Technology teams became important. The whole aspect of having an expert understand business needs, document and validates those needs as requirements, help the business team prioritize and finally being able communicate the requirements to the technology team became a success factor.

Slowly the business analysis started spreading its roots in systems analysis, data analysis, business case, customer/user needs validation and modelling, information modelling, and into strategy and transformation activities. Today's Business analyst put on multiple hats. The idea is any activity that aides to the success of organization change can become a territory where business analyst can operate. This multi-faceted skill became an important factor and soon professional started developing both business and technology skills for contributing in the project as a Business analyst.

As mentioned above, traditionally, business analysts have played a vital role in bridging the gap between business stakeholders and IT teams, ensuring that technology solutions align with business objectives and requirements. Their primary responsibilities have included gathering and documenting business requirements, analyzing processes, identifying areas for improvement, and facilitating communication between stakeholders. However, as the business landscape continues to evolve, so too has the role of the business analyst. Today, business analysts are expected to possess a diverse skill set that encompasses not only technical expertise but also strategic thinking, adaptability, and strong communication skills. Moreover, with the advent of agile methodologies and the increasing importance of data-driven decision-making, business analysts are increasingly involved in iterative development processes, collaborating closely with cross-functional teams to deliver value quickly and efficiently. This evolution underscores the growing significance of business analysis in driving organizational success and underscores the need for business analysts to continually adapt and expand their capabilities to meet the demands of an ever-changing business environment.

Changes in technology, methodologies, and business environments have significantly influenced the practice of business analysis, reshaping how analysts approach their roles and responsibilities. With the rapid advancement of technology, business analysts are now leveraging sophisticated tools and platforms to gather, analyze, and interpret data more efficiently than ever before. Moreover, the adoption of agile and lean methodologies has revolutionized the way projects are executed, emphasizing iterative development, collaboration, and adaptability. This shift has prompted business analysts to embrace a more dynamic and responsive approach to requirements gathering and solution design, facilitating faster time-to-market and greater stakeholder satisfaction. Additionally, changes in the business landscape, such as globalization, digital transformation, and regulatory changes, have forced business analysts to broaden their perspectives and consider a broader range of factors when analyzing business processes and requirements. As a result, the practice of business analysis has become increasingly strategic, with analysts playing a more integral role in driving organizational change and innovation in today's fast-paced and ever-evolving business environment.




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