Business analysis is the discipline of identifying business needs and determining solutions to business problems. Solutions often include a systems development component, but may also consist of process improvement, organizational change or strategic planning and policy development. The person who carries out this task is called a business analyst or BA.
Those BAs who work solely on developing software systems may be called IT Business Analysts, Technical Business Analysts, Online Business Analysts or Systems Analysts.
[hide] 1 Business analysis sub-disciplines
2 Business analysis techniques
3 Roles of business analysts
4 Organizational Structure of the Business Analysis Function
5 Business process improvement
6 Identifying Business Needs
7 Goal of business analysis 7.1 Reduce waste and complete projects on time
7.2 Document the right requirements
7.3 Improve project efficiency
8 See also
 Business analysis sub-disciplines
Business analysis as a discipline has a heavy overlap with requirements analysis sometimes also called requirements engineering, but focuses on identifying the changes to an organization that are required for it to achieve strategic goals. These changes include changes to strategies, structures, policies, processes, and information systems.
Examples of business analysis includes:
Enterprise analysis or company analysis Focuses on understanding the needs of the business as a whole, its strategic direction, and identifying initiatives that will allow a business to meet those strategic goals. It also includes: Creating and maintaining the business architecture
Conducting feasibility studies
Identifying new business opportunities
Scoping and defining new business opportunities
Preparing the business case
Conducting the initial risk assessment
Requirements planning and management Involves planning the requirements development process, determining which...