Business Analysts' Strategic Role Growing

Survey identifies increasingly strategic role of business analysts in collaboration and driving successful project outcomes.

Business analysts are playing an increasingly important role in enabling IT organizations to better align with the business, according to a new research survey presented this week at Project World and the World Congress for Business Analysts, held in Orlando, Fla.
“The New Business Analyst: A Strategic Role in the Enterprise” — cosponsored by Compuware Corp. and the Requirements Networking Group, and conducted by Evans Data Corporation — examined the strategic, day-to-day contributions of business analysts. It identified business analysts as seasoned professionals who juggle multiple tasks and link IT projects to business success. The survey also demonstrated that the position enjoys substantial job security, which is particularly important during a period of high outsourcing.
“Based on this survey, a clear line in the corporate sand has been drawn as to the importance of the business analyst; the BA plays an increasingly integral and strategic role in organizational success,” said John Andrews, president of Evans Data Corp. “The BA is seen as a thought leader that bridges the gap between lines of business and IT, and is often a key player brought in early to complete projects that fuel …

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