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The title of this article poses a pertinent question for modern enterprises that increasingly make use of powerful high-end analytic data engines, such as Hadoop clusters and cloud-based data warehouses (see this article by Forbes, which deals with similar questions). The challenge for enterprises that use analytic engines is one of data movement...
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This entry was published on Nov 29, 2017 / Limor Wainstein. Posted in Technical Topics. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
I recently walked into a large shopping centre on a mission to buy a christening present for a friends son. I was very clear on what I wanted I just needed to find it… I was on my lunch break so I need to get the job done as I had a meeting that I needed to attend back in the office straight after lunch! I am not a frequent shopper and to b...
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This entry was published on Oct 31, 2017 / EA Learning. Posted in Business Process Management (BPM) . Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
Have you woken up in the middle of night thinking how am I going to steer my team, give them the direction that they need but at the same time not constraint in what they want to build/deliver. I recently went through one of these night- I have joined an interesting project where we have very tight timescale to deliver a tech product to operational...
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This entry was published on Oct 26, 2017 / BusinessAnalysisHub. Posted in Enterprise Analysis (BABOK KA). Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
If you are building a reusable Security Product tool to specifically address Security Technical Implementation Guide (STIG)  Findings, should the requirements be considered Non Functional Requirements or Functional Requirements? For example if there are a number of STIGs such as: The minimum password length shall be 15 characters ...
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This entry was published on Aug 22, 2017 / Peter. Posted in Functional Specifications, Business Analysis. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
It’s 4:30 pm on Friday and Mr. Manager comes along to tell you that he needs you to run some important ad-hoc analysis for him. Previously this meant having to stay late at the office, writing cumbersome queries to extract business information from transactional data. Lucky for you, you’ve recently started using Temporal Tables in SQL...
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This entry was published on Jul 11, 2017 / Bert Wagner. Posted in Data Analysis & Modeling. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
Current State For many years now, the most commonly used metaphor on Business Analysis has been the “Bridge”. However, in recent past, some in the BA community have started revisiting the metaphor resulting in a debate on how relevant it is. Of course, the value business analysis can provide for an organization does not depend on how i...
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This entry was published on Jun 25, 2017 / Ronak Sanghavi. Posted in Business Analysis, Roles and Responsibilities. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
Pega systems(Software Company) is the leading provider of business process management (BPM) and customer relationship management (CRM) software solutions. Pega systems motto is “Build For Change” and their goal is to “eliminate software coding” and “automate manual work”. Pega systems has bee...
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This entry was published on May 29, 2017 / SarikaA. Posted in Business Process Management (BPM) , Business Process Modeling Notation (BPMN) . Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
Requirements define the needs of the project to provide best of its utility and benefits. If they aren’t clear or analysis is not done properly, it might lead to failure of the project no matter how good the concept and design is. Just as a system is composed of various functionalities, requirements too are identified in various forms. This ...
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This entry was published on Apr 10, 2017 / Surbhi Mahnot. Posted in Requirements Analysis (BABOK KA) , Requirements Management and Communication (BABOK KA). Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
 Challenges in Implementation:     I’m a strong believer of putting finishing touch to any initiative. Project Initiation is always tough and complex and need lots of research but if BA is unable to give the finishing touch then he is not done yet. So, I thought to put few of my views, challenges and observations during...
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This entry was published on Mar 20, 2017 / Sanjay Yadav. Posted in Business Analysis, Roles and Responsibilities. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
All professionals talk about identifying business needs, identifying requirements to create tools so that they can help businesses take better decisions. In your career as an IT professional, I am sure at some point you must have heard terms such as “Requirements”, “Business Requirements”, “Software Requirements”...
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This entry was published on Mar 16, 2017 / Surbhi Mahnot. Posted in Requirements Analysis (BABOK KA) , Requirements Management and Communication (BABOK KA). Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
A few weeks ago, one of my colleagues surprised me with a statement he made during our team meeting that the information technology age is coming to an end. I looked at him in complete disbelief. How can the advances that have brought so much convenience to our lives be said to be coming to an end.  I thought he must be mistaken, and just like...
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This entry was published on Dec 14, 2016 / Edward. Posted in Enterprise Analysis (BABOK KA). Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY The Business Analyst and Project Manager are team players on a project. As is common the Business Analyst and Project Manager sometimes have conflicting approaches during a project. Having frequently taken up dual roles of a project manager and Business analyst during the course of my career, I have gained some insight on the d...
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This entry was published on Nov 07, 2016 / Chileshe Mulenga CBAP PMP. Posted in Business Process Management (BPM) . Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
There are hundreds of traits that make up a good manager, but here are the top 9 skills we recommend for a business analysis leader - or any leader in general. 1. See Design as a Differentiator Anyone can design but not everyone designs well.  Who cares?  Frustrated users care.  Seeing design as important sets you apart from all ot...
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This entry was published on Sep 07, 2016 / Paul Crosby. Posted in Business Analysis, Leadership & Management. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
As business analysts, we are often in the fray of designing.  Whether it’s a user interface, report or data fed from one system to another; business analysts create interfaces with human beings and systems.  Our design choices impact users and other systems in a very real way.  This power can go unnoticed even in our own minds....
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Scope – the last frontier.  We are on a mission where no business analyst has gone before.  To explore strange new diagrams and to have the project scope clearly understood.  Extra credit to those who remember which TV show that was from!  Scope and context are the number one reason business expectations about a project ar...
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Being a badass isn’t about intimidation or trying to be something you simply are not.  It’s about knowing who you are and using your strengths to drive forward.  So let’s look at a few of the ways to be a badass in business: 1. Passion for Your Craft Is a Powerful and Infectious Energy Showing passion for your work in ...
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The  International Institute of Business Analysis defines in its “Business Analysis Body of Knowledge” (BABoK) that business analysis is “the practice of enabling change in an enterprise by defining needs and recommending solutions that deliver value to stakeholders”. To fulfil this task to a good standard bus...
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This entry was published on Aug 30, 2016 / Katarzyna. Posted in Requirements Analysis (BABOK KA) . Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
What is the role of the business analyst? A typical response to this question is that he is a bridge between IT and business. Often this view is reinforced by textbooks and training material covering the business analysis domain. The reality is that there is still much confusion about business analysis as a discipline. In my opinion, this view...
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This entry was published on Aug 16, 2016 / Edward M Ngubane. Posted in Business Analysis. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
Decision Model and Notation in short DMN is a novel way to model business decisions. DMN allows capturing and modeling business decisions in a way that is easy to understand with business people and subject matter experts. It is a combination of: Decision requirement diagram – DRD Decision table Boxed expressions Fr...
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This entry was published on Aug 10, 2016 / Arash. Posted in Business Rules, Systems Analysis, Business Analysis, Domain Modeling. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
Background Like most Scrum teams, we held “Sprint Review Meeting” every two weeks. We would gather as a team to demo what was recently built & receive feedback. Although it was a great opportunity to showcase recent work, we identified a number of problems with “Sprint Review Meetings” for our mature product:  1.&...
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This entry was published on Jul 21, 2016 / Ryan Thomas Hewitt. Posted in Project Management. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
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