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  Yep!       OK… this could have been a really short editor’s note but I’ll wait to practice word frugality for my Twitter posts. Yep – you can now follow me and other Modern Analyst editors on twitter: http://twitter.com/ModernAnalyst.   Now back to BPM…   First, I’ll resort to some simple logic: ...
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This entry was published on Apr 05, 2009 / Adrian M.. Posted in Business Process Modeling Notation (BPMN), Service Oriented Architecture (SOA). Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
In a recent Yahoo! Hot Jobs article, Grace Chen identifies 5 Careers that Pay Well Even in a Recession: Engineer Accountant Marketing and Sales Manager Registered Nurse Computer Systems Analyst According to the article - nearly 150,000 new jobs for computer systems analysts are expected to be created between 2006 ...
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This entry was published on Mar 16, 2009 / Adrian M.. Posted in Career as a Business Systems Analyst, Salary Info for the Business Systems Analyst, Getting Started as a Business Systems Analyst. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
I was at a talk yesterday by American artist Lawrence Weiner. He spent half the time saying there was nothing he had to say about his art; the next half saying it.  I enjoyed it thoroughly.  Something he had to say really stuck with me: that art is all about creating a logical structure for viewing the world.  It helped me understand...
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This entry was published on Mar 13, 2009 / Howard Podeswa. Posted in Class Diagram, Business Analysis, Domain Modeling, Career as a Business Systems Analyst. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
Cloud computing is one of the largest forces in IT in 2009.  With the deeping of the global economic crisis it has only gathered more momentum. In the beginning of the year I attended Cloud Connect in Mountain View to learn more about what was happening in this space and what the key players were thinking.  The conference kicked off with...
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This entry was published on Mar 10, 2009 / Barton George. Posted in Leadership & Management. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
Most of us would agree that recessions are not a good thing – especially the one we are in right now.   But for those daring enough, tough times have can be moments of opportunity.    Many famous companies - such as GE, CNN, HP, Microsoft, Hyatt, FedEx, etc. - started during times of shaky economic conditions.   How did th...
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This entry was published on Mar 09, 2009 / Adrian M.. Posted in Enterprise Analysis (BABOK KA), Business Analysis, Career as a Business Systems Analyst, Getting Started as a Business Systems Analyst. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
I've heard and read many opinions painting the role of the business analysts as being (or needing to be) purely business oriented.  The argument is "let the technical team deal with the technical details." The practice however, the business analyst is confronted by the technical aspects of the solution on virtually every project.  These ...
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This entry was published on Feb 17, 2009 / Adrian M.. Posted in Business Analysis, Career as a Business Systems Analyst, Technical Topics. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
The Business Analyst will probably go down as one of the more important players to help us get out of these terrible economic times. Now is more important than ever for organizations to improve their processes and squeeze every last bit of productivity out of their business operations. Unfortunately, not all companies will survive - as they try to...
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This entry was published on Feb 09, 2009 / Adrian M.. Posted in Business Analysis, Career as a Business Systems Analyst. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
As a programmer who moved into business analysis I got most of my business analysis skills the old fashioned way: through trial and error, working on many projects, stealing from those who succeeded, learning gotchas from those who failed, etc. It was rare when I stumbled upon an experienced consultant who was willi...
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This entry was published on Jan 27, 2009 / Adrian M.. Posted in Business Analysis, Career as a Business Systems Analyst, Getting Started as a Business Systems Analyst. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
"The 2009 Benchmark of Salaries and Employment Trends in IT survey from the National Computing Centre says one-third of respondents have experienced a shortage of candidates with certain key skills. According to the survey, 33.7 percent of organisations highlight problems recruiting or retaining people with Oracle, SAP, .NET, web development, busi...
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This entry was published on Jan 27, 2009 / Adrian M.. Posted in Business Analysis, Analytical and Problem Solving Skills, Career as a Business Systems Analyst. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
When I attended the RackSpace Customer event back at the end of September I was impressed with the talk that Paul Bell of Dell gave (Paul reports to CEO Michael Dell and is responsible for all business operations for Dell in North and South America).  [Note: in the re-org that was announced at the the end of the year at Dell, starting next mon]...
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This entry was published on Jan 13, 2009 / Barton George. Posted in Leadership & Management. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
I’ve had the chance to interview numerous candidates for business analyst positions and there is one question I like to ask every one of them: “What do you do to increase your skills and value as a Business Analyst?” Obviously, I’m not looking to get a specific answer as each business analyst has different background and different goals. Wha...
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This entry was published on Jan 09, 2009 / Adrian M.. Posted in Career as a Business Systems Analyst. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
Recently, the media was buzzing with news that president-elect Obama named Nancy Killefer, a management consultant with McKinsey & Company, as the nation's CPO.  That is Chief Performance Officer. According to the media "the newly created position aims to make government more efficient, effective and transparent". I don't know what...
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This entry was published on Jan 09, 2009 / Adrian M.. Posted in Career as a Business Systems Analyst. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
Morphis is a company that provides currency supply chain management software and counts among its customers the U.S. Federal reserve as well as central banks, ATMs and armored car companies around the world.  Process mapping was the furthest thing from their minds when they started in business but they quickly found out that if they didn’t sta...
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This entry was published on Dec 16, 2008 / Barton George. Posted in Use Cases, Business Process Management (BPM), Data Analysis & Modeling, Business Analysis, Vertical Domain or Industry. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
“Web 2.0” allows increasingly collaborative work among teams of varying roles, locales and technical abilities and facilitates the move toward the business user as "user-innovator" a la Eric von Hippel. User expectations are shaped by their experiences on the web and they demand and can manage increased control and participation in both the develop...
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This entry was published on Sep 07, 2008 / lwoods. Posted in Business Analysis. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
Have you ever had to use a map to get somewhere, and after navigating around the wilderness for hours, eventually had to ask for directions because it failed you? Alternatively, have you ever read directions to assemble a toy, and rather than help you, the directions made things much more complicated?Perhaps you just figured it out on your own, w...
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This entry was published on May 25, 2008 / ModernAnalyst.com. Posted in Requirements Analysis (BABOK KA), Requirements Management and Communication (BABOK KA), Business Analysis. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
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