Definition: Business Analyst

I thought I’d do some simple posts that just outline what I mean by certain terminologies. Some terminologies can get a little vague as we start to cross methodologies. The first on my list is

Business Analyst


A person who analyses the operations of a department in order to develop a solution to its problems.

I really like this definition. I’m sure there are those who will hit me over the head with definitions from the BCS or the IIBA, however I think its pretty good. I like it because firstly, its simple. Simple to understand amd simple to explain. I also like it because it doesn’t mention technology.

There are obviously variations on the BA role:

  • Systems Analysts
  • Process Analysts
  • etc..

While I have been known to undertake elements of these in my work, I’m proud to say I’m a Business Analyst.