Do I need technical/programming skills to become a Business Analyst?

While helpful, technical, programming or prior software development knowledge or experience is not a pre-requisite to become a business analyst. Since a Business Analyst is required to interact with developers, some conceptual knowledge of technology and IT/software development principles is helpful, and our workshop covers those fundamentals

What is UML? Is it another programming language?

Unified Modeling Language. It is not a programming language. It is an analysis toolbox that allows a business analyst to put together a set of diagrams to represent business processes that need to be automated. It is referred to as a language only because it has defined semantics on how the diagrams must be structured.

What are the future career prospects for a BA?

Business Analysts can graduate into several progressive career options:

  • Senior Business Analysts, leading a team of BAs and contributing to the Requirements Management, Planning and Monitoring in conjunction with the Project Manager
  • Business Architect, contributing to the enterprise-wide engineering of software systems with the responsibility of creating the vision for efficient IT systems and planning multi-year road-maps.
  • Release Manager, overseeing the overall communication across cross-functional teams and managing risks of the project and responsible for the success of each software release
  • Project/Product Manager, managing resources, budget and timeline, responsible for the entire project or product

Once you have become an accomplished BA, you can pursue the CCBA or the CBAP certifications.

What are the key skills required to become a successful Business Analyst?

A business analyst’s responsibilities are to gather requirements of the software product by conducting interviews, organizing user focus groups, creating process flow diagrams, writing functional requirements etc.

To become a Business Analyst, you need strong communication, solid analysis skills, documentation and people skills. We can help you with the technical skill set – domain/industry knowledge and an understanding of IT concepts and tools. Our BA Workshop course does not assume any technical knowledge and we can help you with the technical skills that a BA must possess. The course is aimed at strengthening your analysis skills and application of different tools using examples and assignments from different domains like flight reservation, credit card, banking, loan processing, etc.

What are the roles of a Business Analyst?

A Business Analyst (BA) is a professional who acts as a liaison between the business group (or end users) of a software application and the technical group that designs, develops and tests the application.

Common alternative titles are business systems analyst, systems analyst, requirements analyst and functional analyst.