There’s been a significant change in the skill sets that business analysts now need to succeed. With the rise of cloud computing seeming nigh-unstoppable, business analysts now need increased competency in highly technical IT subjects.
Strong abilities in communication, collaboration, and analysis will always be the mainstays of strong business analysts, but the growing technology environment is altering the world in which business analysts commonly work— changing the skills they require.
Cloud computing introduces more than just technical changes as it forces changes to IT processes and alters the way that the business interacts with its customers. To help ensure smooth transitions to the cloud, organizations will look to business analysis to provide the needed insights from a business architecture perspective. And, as cloud computing projects get under way, the demand for cloud savvy business analysts is going to outstrip supply.
While the legacy business analyst skill set is still king, changes in software delivery methods mean that business analysts must be able to dive into the technical details of a project in addition to providing non-technical leadership and communication.
The rise of Agile methodologies and Lean concepts
Agile and Lean are ending traditional software delivery as we know it. Organizations are trying and implementing new, lighter-weight software delivery processes on a large scale, changing the world of business analysts who need stay up to date with changes in methodologies and modify their practices accordingly.
Cloud technologies are pushing the performance envelope
As with most roles in technology, it’s never safe to rely your current skills. Effective business analysts are constantly improving their core skills and staying up to date with industry changes to add the most value to their organization. No amount of technical brilliance will successfully implement cloud computing solutions without business analysts who understand the vision, possibilities and pitfalls of cloud computing. A cloud computing team needs people who understand the business intimately in order to help them adopt the cloud computing vision.
The scalability and operational cost models of cloud computing allow businesses to consider options that would normally be too expensive or risky; however, the fundamental question that the business analyst needs to ask is “If cost, availability and lead times of IT were not constraints, where are the bottlenecks and how would we do things differently?”
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