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New Post 8/14/2013 2:35 PM
User is offline Matt Stevens
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What is an Analyst? 

I am an entry level Business Analyst, and I am not quite sure what an analyst does except for where I work. Basically I only gather requirements, draw Visio diagrams, and create documents. I have seen in some job ads that most require SQL expierence etc. What is it an alalyst does in most cases?

 
New Post 8/15/2013 2:18 PM
User is offline Sandy
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Re: What is an Analyst? 

Hi Matt,

You said you're "only" gathering requirements, drawing diagrams and creating documents. These are core BA tasks, so why the "only"? Are you looking for something different or do you feel like you could or should be doing more?

Two good places to find information on BA profession and skills: 1) Check the article on the Modern Analyst site under 'The Professions' page. It describes skills, various roles that fall within the BA realm, and common tasks. 2) The Business Analysis Book of Knowledge (BABOK) is thel knowledge guide for the BA profession, and describes the different skills and knowledge that are standard for most BA certifications. Here is a link to a free online copy:

http://babokonline.tumblr.com/babok

What most people find is that there really isn't a 'typical' BA role. If you asked 10 different BAs about their jobs, you would probably get 10 different job descriptions. The BABOK focuses on the 'Business' in Business Analyst, and doesn't include any technical skills such as SQL within its BA standards. Many BAs I know (including myself) have not looked at a line of code or touched a SQL statement in years (never, for some). However, there are definitely BA jobs that require some technical background or skills and many organizations are looking for people with a broad range of skills.

So the answer that I would give you is that some BA jobs ask for technical skills, but others don't - both types of jobs are common. Intermediate and senior BA roles often have less need for any technical skills. You're getting very good experience with the work you're doing now. If you like the technical side and want to learn it, then go for it - but don't feel that you have to.

Sandy

 
New Post 8/16/2013 9:08 AM
User is offline Matt Stevens
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Re: What is an Analyst? 

Thank you. I was just concerned about career growth. I love what I am doing. But if I needed to leard how to write the code, I was going to so I could grow into bigger positions.

 
New Post 1/18/2014 10:31 PM
User is offline Akash
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Re: What is an Analyst? 

 You said that you are an entry level Business Analsyt, would you please be kind enough to be my mentor or guide me through BA industry. I need to explore my options in BA domain. I am currently working as a business developer and most of the time I analyze potential client's online business to provide him the most optimum solution. If you cannot mentor at least can you direct me to the most potential resource.

Best Regards.

Akash.H

 
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