Learning how to automate a business will improve your marketability because business owners, employers or Information Technology (IT) managers have an ongoing need to streamline business processes, reduce operational costs or increase marketing and sales revenue … needs that are directly addressed by business process automation skills, experience or expertise!
Automating a business requires a broad, cross-functional set of IT professionals including business analysts, software developers, data analysts, database developers, project managers, web designers, software testers, network administrators and more …
You must build your career around whatever it is that motivates you!
This could be more money (a better salary / income), prestige, visibility, power, user satisfaction, etc.
While salary is a big motivator for many professionals, it is important to consider all aspects of your career to ensure you are making the right career choices today while positioning for long-term success!
Sun Tzu in The Art of War …
If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles.
Are you concerned that you don’t have what it takes to succeed as a business analyst because you lack extensive paper qualifications, certifications or certain college degrees?
Well, you may be surprised to know that succeeding as a business analyst has as much to do with intrinsic factors like your personality as it has to do with the extrinsic formal qualifications you feel are lacking!
For example, if you have a passion for solving problems or you are the “go-to person” when there is an issue, you already have some of the intrinsic qualifications sought after in business analyst professionals.
You have heard that hindsight is 20-20 but what you will also learn in this article is that insight can be equally as effective because it helps you see the impact of changes before they are implemented.
Face it; as a business analyst, you have experienced changes in software features, systems or business procedures that created confusion or hindered your ability to do your job.
Therefore, you understand the anxiety or frustration of users whose job duties will be impacted by major changes in their systems, right?
Lauren Hepler, an Economic Development Reporter cites a new report for 2013 that says Software Developers will be the No. 1 most in-demand profession, nationwide in 2013!
Using data compiled by CareerBuilder and research firm Economic Modeling Specialists Intl., she reports that nationwide, jobs in the software development field have increased 7 percent since 2010, adding 70,872 jobs.
According to Lauren, if you’re into tech but not so much software development, you may want to consider exploring career opportunities as a computer systems analyst which ranks as (No. 4)
The short, cut and dried answer is that both the systems analyst and the business analyst work on gathering, documenting, validating, managing requirements but the Business Analyst is more likely to do this with the objective of meeting business requirements while the Systems Analyst will is focused on analyzing, documenting or managing how the Information Technology (IT) software / hardware systems will be designed to meet functional / system requirements.
In a real-world project, the business analyst is more likely to be in charge of documenting the Business Use Case while the systems analyst will be responsible for documenting the Systems Use Case.
I have a cousin who was a skilled, talented artist in high school. Whenever he was painting a portrait, he would be playing his favorite rock band and be singing and dancing along … all at the same time!
One thing led to another, and his “artistic skills flourished into an entrepreneurial side business” and he started selling his portraits to supermarket chains!
Then it was time for college and his parents insisted on him choosing a career like “building engineering” that promised a stable income with lots of growth potentials vs. that of an entrepreneurial artist.
Now is a good time to “consider a more flexible career” because all the changes taking place in the marketplace are fundamentally transforming the way we work as well as the opportunities available to us!
This is great news for anyone interested in a more flexible career or employment including options to work from home, consult for companies or retire or travel while earning an income!
For several personal or professional reasons, “you may be considering non-traditional database career paths” … jobs that allow you to work with databases in some capacity without the trappings of typical, traditional full-time database developer jobs.
In this article I will answer a question posted by “Kimberly Joy from Montreal, Quebec, Canada”. Kimberly has a QA background and wants to get back into the Information Technology (IT) industry as a part-time database developer.
This article is Part 1 of a series on Non-Traditional career opportunities in the IT Industry.
Time is limited to 24 hours each day and those of us who get a lot done don’t have any more extra hours of magical time hidden away. What we do have though, is an understanding of time management.
The success of any mission in life or work may be greatly enhanced by planning ahead of time and then executing to the best of one’s ability when the planned for time arrives. So, in this article, I will share how to optimize your career using the top ten time / study management tips and skills.
There is an assumption that certain college degrees are more helpful than others when it comes to preparing for, learning, or succeeding at information technology (IT) careers.
If you believe this to be true then you may also be of the mindset that a Computer Science (BSc.) degree is more valuable than a Liberal Arts (BA) degree!
Surprisingly, there may be some evidence supporting this assumption. For example, it has been noted recently that engineering and computer science college graduates are more employable and better paid than liberal arts college graduates.
Strong decision-making skills are critical because the future of any business or organization depends on hiring workers who are capable of thinking or making decisions at higher levels of sophistication.
It is in the best interest of any organization you work for to create a confident workforce by developing or following a clear-cut decision-making steps like those outlined on this article.
Finally you can as an individual, become more successful by making more better, more effective decisions using the principles taught in this article on decision making.
This question about the value of networking in one’s career was submitted by Reba from (Olympia, Washington). Here is Reba’s question:
I have a strong interest in entering the business analyst field as a career path, however, it is very difficult to access this field as a state government worker.
Many individuals have entered this field by knowing someone or networking.
They do not always know what their job duties are and do not deliver a good product to the customer, so to ensure I do not go down that path, I would like to make sure I receive training, exposure to the business analyst field to include hands on experience.
A recent Harvard Business Review (HBR) suggests that the information we need to do our job is doubling every 18 months, and that we are running harder and harder to keep up with the required knowledge for our specialized fields.
In this post, I will present 10 techniques that will help you keep ahead of the competition and / or changes in your industry.
Do you realize that the same boss who is responsible for keeping back your career will ultimately fire you for another IT worker with a better resume!
If you are frustrated in your current job because of lack of stimulating, interesting or challenging work or because someone else like your boss … is keeping your career back then you need to read this article.
One of the traits of successful IT professionals is the desire to learn, improve or working on exciting and challenging ideas all the time. It is what truly distinguishes achieving IT professions from others.
When failure is not an option, a step by step plan for advancing your career must be followed. Failing to plan your career is the same as planning to fail.
Guessing and stumbling your way through your career, is an unnecessary, expensive and time-consuming process. It reduces the chances of success by multiplying the obstacles and difficulties you have to overcome.
Don’t put your fate in luck or chance. Rather, follow a career roadmap or blueprint that can save your time and money or reduce uncertainty.
When it comes to the Information Technology Industry, getting more hands-on experience is one of your most important professional development activities.
In this post, I will explain how information technology workers including business analysts, computer programmers, database developers, data analysts, project managers, software testers and infrastructure / networking professionals can gain extensive, high visibility, career defining hands-on experience!
More Opportunities To Get Hands-on Experience
By far, the number one place to find hands-on project experience in the information technology industry is in web or software development projects!
After witnessing the challenges in the lives of professionals dealing with under-performance, under-achievement, stress, anxiety, career stagnation, anger, depression or financial failure; I decided to write this article on how to make better career choices.
Choosing the right career is important because you spend the major part of your day (9 to 11 hours) at work. If you make the wrong career choice, you will put yourself in a painful, challenging situation.
So, choosing the right career ranks as one of the most important decisions you will ever make in your life.
Have you ever thought of becoming a consultant, contract worker, independent contractor, 1099 or freelancer and then dismissed the idea, because you thought it was too risky or because you were not qualified?
Think about it again because there are far more benefits and fewer risks to becoming a consultant than you may think.
Here is some advice on the risks and rewards of consulting, freelancing or independent contracting from someone who has actually done it!
Here is the question: can you study all the subjects that you are passionate about through self study (by using the internet and textbooks) and still learn more than someone who goes to college for the same purpose?
Consider both sides of the debate. Forking over $40,000 and 4 years of your life to college gives you something that you can hang on your wall, a certificate that both you and your employers can be sure off.
This article is “Part 2” of the series: “How To Become A Productive Computer Programmer“.
In today’s article we are going to review three (3) of the most popular programming languages: Java, C#, Visual Basic, C/C++ using their speed of execution, level of difficulty and portability of code.
After reading today’s article, you will be able to determine the suitability, usefulness or productivity of these programming languages for today’s computer programmers!
Is C/C++ the Best Programming Language?
The C programming language was standardized in the early 70s for the UNIX operating system (and not Windows) by Dennis Ritchie.
This question was submitted by a very young, exceptionally gifted and talented top performer who wants to know, “how he can live up to his potential”.
I am very young (23) and was radically accelerated through college \ graduate school.
By next year, I will have a BA (Math \ Religion), MBA (Management Consultancy), MSc (Business IT), PhD (Computing & Mathematics), and PhD (ABD), in IT from leading universities, as well as 9+ years IT experience, with 5+ years BA experience with stellar recommendations.
All our career coaching services include a free blog coaching course and you don’t have to pay for that. Our instructors tell you what to do and how to do it and you then perform them and get evaluated. Our blog marketing course is a handon course taught through videos and real-world blogging assignments.
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The answer to the question: “Is College Worth The Money?” is YES … so please go to the best college you can afford because there are doors in life that will be easier for you to open if you have a college degree.
That being said, there are pros and cons to attending college and a right / wrong mindset that you need to be aware of.
In a new book, “Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses,” sociologists Richard Arum of New York University and Josipa Roksa of the University of Virginia, are of the opinion that “College Students in the US are not learning Much“