The Evolving Role of the Business Analyst
The IT profession has undergone significant change over the past decade. It was IT software developers who created and implemented enterprise-wide applications and served as major contributors to innovation. But after the tech bubble burst in 2001, the strategic and business value of IT continued to evolve. IT professionals are once again being asked to deliver innovative systems to solve complex business problems. The architectural model established by SOA and further defined by the common principles of service orientation provides the potential to finally unite the business and automation domains of an enterprise. To accomplish this, though, organizations must take the time to model and build services that encapsulate and express business logic in an accurate and extensible manner.
The creation of business services is therefore becoming the focal point of many contemporary SOA initiatives. Business services require the collaboration of business analysis and architecture expertise. Although the business rules analyst's role is fairly new, it has played a key role in this evolution. This role includes new approaches to business knowledge acquisition and its management, the use of business process management tools, and more sophisticated approaches to requirements management. Read this article to learn more about the role of this new star in the business world and how this role can help improve the return on investment on your business applications.