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As a business analyst, so much is expected of you. Your stakeholders expect you to increase company revenue and make life easier for employees. Your bosses want you to make a good name for their company and maintain consistently updated skillsets.
That’s a lot to ask—but I’m here to help you develop a comprehensive set of business analysis skills that lead to a higher salary and vastly easier workflow.
To meet this end, you have to become a “triple threat” and combine the three principal business analyst roles, which are Strategist, Architect, and IT-Systems Analyst.
In the strategist role, business analysts help their clients keep in step with the ever-evolving modern business world. With change comes implementation strategy, and it’s paramount to facilitate this need if you want to achieve a senior position.
If the strategist role is your greatest strength, then you are great at analysis itself—specifically as it pertains to the strategies behind business environments, management methods, and company policies.
The architect is a business analyst who facilitates positive change. When the strategist identifies problems, the architect designs solutions that meet determined goals. This involves analyzing objectives, processes, and available resources, and then implementing improvements.
If you wear the architect hat, you have “knowledge skills”—meaning, that you are savvy with understanding the inner-workings of a business. Specifically, architects are skillful at creating requirements, communicating with stakeholders, and modeling business processes.
The economy as a whole is moving toward technology-specific solutions, which is why there is a greater need for skillful business analysts who specialize in IT. Businesses everywhere are adapting for our tech-dependent world. Despite this, the problem of ROI for technology is still a prevalent concern.
In this role, business analysts define very important requirements for IT systems. It’s the IT-Systems Analyst’s responsibility to facilitate change in software, educate end users, and test for pitfalls.
How to Become a Triple Threat
If you’ve taken a class with me, or if you’ve read my articles in the past, you know I show business analysts how to update their skills. BAs come to me because their bosses and clients want them to take on multiple responsibilities. From problem-finder to solution-definer, the need for updated skills grows more and more each day.
The best way to establish yourself as a business analyst who creates, implements, and streamlines truly remarkable solutions is to combine these three roles. As you work on your next project, keep the following criteria in mind—
- Ask if the problems you identify truly make a negative impact on the organization. This will allow you to be the strategist.
- Figure out how that problem affects your stakeholders and design a solution that covers every twist and turn. This will allow you to be seen as the architect.
- Implement a technological solution that cuts hours and alleviates stress for employees. In doing so, you will wear the IT-systems hat.