Are You A Systems Analyst Or Just A Business Analyst?

Are You A Systems Analyst Or A Business Analyst?
Are You A Systems Analyst Or Just A Business Analyst?

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.

Success Principle: Build You Career On Strengths Not Weaknesses

Build Your Career On Strengths Not Weaknesses
Build Your Career On Strengths Not Weaknesses

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.

For Certifications Top 10 Tips to Study Smart or Save Time

For Certifications Top 10 Tips!
For Certifications Top 10 Tips!

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.

Are You Going Somewhere With Those Skills?

Are You Going Somewhere With Those Skills?
Are You Going Somewhere With Those Skills?

Hi,

I’m going to ask you a question you may not have been asked before. The question is are your skills portable?

What Is A Portable Skill?

By portable I mean can you relocate from one country to another and get a job without having to retrain yourself?

If you are living in the 21st century you’ll have heard an earful by now of the global phenomenon known as outsourcing which is the relocation of projects or work to geographic locations where the work can be done cheaper or better.

Principles That Help You Achieve Lasting Career Success

Part 19 of 19 in the Series: Success Principles
Principles for Achieving lasting Career Success
Principles for Achieving lasting Career Success

Plan for Success.

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.

Which Formal Credentials Are Needed For Success On Your Job?

Part 18 of 19 in the Series: Success Principles
Which Formal Credentials Are Needed For Success On Your Job?
Which Formal Credentials Are Needed For Success On My Job?

Information Technology careers are significantly different from careers in other sectors of the economy.

For example, what employers define as formal credentials actually clashes with the definitions of many information technology professionals.

While some professionals say that "just one (1) educational degree is enough", others say that "the more college degrees you get, the better your chances of success" and some have no opinion at all!

In this post, I will say reveal the credentials required for success on your job and explain why they are so important.

How An Australian Software Developer Became A Business Analyst

Part 15 of 20 in the Series: How To Become A Business Analyst
How To Become A Business Analyst
How To Become A Business Analyst

Janet, an Australian Software Developer wrote us about her fortunate experience in transitioning from Software Development to Business Analysis after 17 years as a Software Developer.

In Janet’s own words:

My employer offered me a BA position after recognising that I had certain “soft” skills such as communication, diplomacy and tact.

These combined with a background in analytical skills from my development days, and some agile skills from my days as a scrum master made for good potential as an agile business analyst.

Tool Minded Business Analysts Can’t Be Solution Minded!

Part 22 of 22 in the Series: The Business Analyst Job Description
Tool Minded Business Analysts Can't Be Solution Minded!
Tool Minded Business Analysts Can't Be Solution Minded!

You are a tool minded business analyst, if the first question that comes to your
mind on hearing the words: “Use Cases, UML or User Acceptance Testing” is: “what tool
should I use to create my Use Case / UML / User Acceptance requirements document
with?”

Tool minded business analysts are more interested in learning the intricacies, features
or behavior
of the software tools used in their requirements elicitation, analysis or documentation tasks than in correctly
analyzing, validating or defining business requirements.

Starting Your Business Analyst Career As A Software Tester?

Part 8 of 9 in the Series: How To Start A Business Analyst Career
Starting Your Business Analyst Career As A Software Tester?
Starting Your Business Analyst Career As A Software Tester?
[Ask IT Career Coach] is a Career Advice Column for Information Technology (IT) professionals looking for answers to their most challenging career situations.

This post answers the question posted by a reader in Chantilly, Virginia who needs some practical help and advice on how to start a career in business analysis.

Here is the reader’s question:

Hello,

I am struggling to place myself as a Business Analyst. It just seems like I am in a circle trying to find a corner … Most of the requirements are unique and specific and ask for Business Intelligence skills or Data Analysis which has become a very big challenge /struggle for any beginner in the BA / IT field.

How Are Certifications Going To Help My Career?

Why Are Certifications Not Helping My Career?
Why Are Certifications Not Helping My Career?

[Ask IT Career Coach] is a Career Advice Column for Information Technology (IT) professionals looking for answers to their most challenging career situations.

This question is about the benefit of Business Analyst Certtifications

Hi,

I have an IT background with a computer science degree. And I have four years of experience as a software developer.

Recently I completed an MBA (International Business) from UK. I also passed the ITIL v3 and and soon will be passing IIBA foundation certification.

Why Your Personality Should Match Your Career

Part 24 of 26 in the Series: Why Can't I Find A Job?
Does Your Personality Match Your Career?
Does Your Personality Match Your Career?

Every career has some type of persona associated with it. You may have heard that stereotyping is wrong, but I say, this is how the world works!

Knowing the type of personality or behavior expected of you, can only help you grow or succeed in your career. However, not fitting the expected stereotype can hurt your career. If you must behave differently from the norm, be advised of the consequences.

In this post, I will advice you on how to mold your personality so it fits the requirements for your job!

This Type Of Hands-On Experience Can JumpStart Your Career!

This Type of Experience Will JumpStart Your Career!
This Type of Experience Will JumpStart Your Career!

Not all experience is created equal. Some types of project experience count as being more relevant than others simply because employers place a higher value on them. Here is why:

Getting experience in areas that require innovation or cutting edge skills for example counts more because that is where a lot of money is being spent and where there is more exposure or risk!

Employers hire those with experience in the types of projects they are financially vested in, so they can increase their chances of success or mitigate risk, makes sense right?

Why Successful People Are Passionate About Their Jobs

Part 16 of 19 in the Series: Success Principles
Success Principles: Discover Your Passion!
Success Principles: Discover Your Passion!

Do You Want To Live An Inspired Life?

First, discover your passion and work a job you really love.

Second, turn your passion into a set of excellent skills using practice tests or quizzes.

Third, bring your passion to the market using Push (emailing your branded resumes) or PULL Techniques (Social Media Marketing).

Here is a question for you; Do You Really Love Your Job?

What Software Do I Learn to Become A Business Analyst?

Part 6 of 9 in the Series: How To Start A Business Analyst Career
what software should you-learn to become a business analyst?
what software should you-learn to become a business analyst?

[Ask IT Career Coach] is a Career Advice Newsletter for Information Technology (IT) professionals including business analysts, computer programmers, data analysts, database developers, technical writers, project managers and software testers.

If you, have a challenging question about your career, submit it here and we will answer yours just as we are answering this question submitted by a technical writer titled: What Software Do I Learn to Become A Business Analyst?

What Do You Study To Become A Business Analyst?

Part 1 of 9 in the Series: How To Start A Business Analyst Career
What Courses Do You Study To Become A Business Analyst?
What Courses Do You Study To Become A Business Analyst?

You may start a business analysts career by taking some of the courses discussed in this post.

Keep in mind that for business analysis careers, soft skills count as much or in some cases even more than hard skills.

So, don’t make the classical rookie mistake of focusing on the hard skill requirements to the detriment of your soft skills!

The list of formal, informal or college courses that you may study for a business analyst career include:

Is Business Analysis A Good Fit For My Personality Type?

Part 16 of 21 in the Series: Career Advice - Ask IT Career Coach
Is Business Analysis For Me?
Is Business Analysis For Me?

[Ask IT Career Coach] is a Career Advice Column for Information Technology (IT) professionals looking for answers to their most challenging career situations.

In This post, I will answer questions on business analysis and software developer careers. Here is the first question:

Is Business Analysis A Good Fit For a Programmer With An ENFP Personality Type?

This question was submitted by Brenna (a computer programmer from South Africa), whose personality type on the Myers Briggs Personality Test is: ENFP (Extroverted, Intuitive, Feeling, Perceiving).

Success Principle: Learn the Most Marketable Skills

Part 11 of 19 in the Series: Success Principles
Learn a Top 100 Most Marketable Skill
Learn a Top 100 Most Marketable Skill

As a career coach one of the challenges that many of my clients face is that of learning the most marketable skills in the current job market.

An example is a client that I will call John who has been looking for a while even though he has an advanced management degree (MBA).

He wonders why he’s constantly getting turned down for business analyst jobs even though he is certain of this: most of those getting hired are less educated than him!

What Is Your Personality Type?

Part 4 of 6 in the Series: How To Change Careers
What Is Your Personality Type?
What Is Your Personality Type?

One of the reasons why professionals struggle with their careers or under-perform at their jobs is that their work or career does not match their personality!

When hiring someone to do job, it’s easy to see what skills and training they have acquired or what types of jobs they’ve previously performed from their resume.

What is not so easy to see is how that same person’s personality traits will fit in with that of other employees or how their personality will thrive on a daily basis after you’ve have hired them.

Take Your Career To The Next Level!

Part 3 of 4 in the Series: IT Training Reviews

STOP, if you’re about to register for our training and read this post now because we are only interested in the right type of participants for our online bootcamp courses.

In many ways, we are not like traditional classroom classes or most training schools.

For example, we focus more on experiential learning in the sense that we want you to perform well on the job and not just have a certificate that you can show-off on your resume.

Click here to read our thoughts on experiential learning.

Which Courses or Certifications Guarantee A Job?

Part 12 of 19 in the Series: Success Principles
Which Certifications Or Courses Guarantee Jobs?
Which Certifications Or Courses Guarantee Jobs?

This question is frequently asked by job candidates searching for certifications or training courses they can put on their resume, present to an employer and get a job.

However, the answer to the question: which online courses, certifications, college degrees or classroom courses guarantee a job is NONE!

This type of question is seriously flawed because it assumes that there is something out therea college degree or online course or certification program, that you can put on your resume and hired fast!

Pros and Cons of Business Analysts vs Computer Programmer Careers

Part 4 of 20 in the Series: How To Become A Business Analyst
Pros and Cons of Computer Programming vs. Business Analysis
Pros and Cons of Computer Programming vs. Business Analysis

[Ask IT Career Coach] is a Career Advice Column for Information Technology (IT) professionals looking for answers to their most challenging career, job or business situations.

I get a number of questions from computer programmers or software developers looking to change their careers to business analysis or project management.

I also receive questions about the suitability of business analysis, project management or computer programming as a career.

Breaking News: Software Engineers Have The Best Jobs In 2011

Part 20 of 24 in the Series: become a computer programmer

I dedicate a considerable amount of time to debunking myths and half-baked truths. And one about the future prospects of software developer careers has just been ratified!

According to a survey of the best and worst jobs in the United States, Software Engineers will have the best jobs in 2011.

For this survey, 200 professions were analyzed based on their pay, environment, hiring outlook, stress and physical demands using data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Census Bureau and trade association studies.

#6 Success Principle: The Proof Of Your Desire Is In Your Pursuit

Part 9 of 19 in the Series: Success Principles
Pursuit Is The Proof Of Desire
Pursuit Is The Proof Of Desire

Life Is About What You Have … And Not About What You Don’t Have!

I get a number of questions along the lines of:

I am 25 / 39 / 50 years old, I don’t have any work experience and I don’t have a college degree.

But I want to become a good business analyst / computer programmer / project manager, what do I have to do?

If you find yourself thinking along those lines, this is what you should do: use what you have to get what you want!

What Is The Most Difficult Challenge Facing Your Career?

The Most Difficult Challenge Of My Career
The Most Difficult Challenge Of My Career

Hello,

“What is the most difficult challenge facing your career right now”?

Your most difficult challenge may be about how to get a job or how to improve your skills or how to get promoted on the job

Perhaps your most difficult challenge is about how to transition out of or into a business analyst or computer programming or database developer career.

Whatever your challenge is, just go ahead and post it as a comment on this page and I will deal with it for you.

Free E-Book On How To Stay Ahead of the Technology Curve

Part 9 of 26 in the Series: Why Can't I Find A Job?
Stay Ahead of the Curve!
Stay Ahead of the Curve!

Have you ever wondered how some people stay ahead of rapidly changing technologies while others seem to let their skills become extinct like the Dodo?

Well, apparently, someone in Dubai, U.A.E. wants to know the answer so badly that he sent in his question by postal mail!

If you need help with a Question or Challenge, be sure to ask it as a comment on this page and I will answer it fully just as I am answering this reader’s question below!

Why Employers Stopped Hiring Junior Business Analysts!

Part 9 of 22 in the Series: The Business Analyst Job Description
Not for Juniors
Not for Junior BAs

This question was posted by Victor who needs advice on “how to change careers from a banking domain to business analysis.”

If you need help with a Question or Challenge, be sure to ask it as a comment on this page and I will answer it fully just as I am answering Victor’s questions below!

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Start A New Business Analyst Job In 4 Steps!

Part 2 of 9 in the Series: How To Start A Business Analyst Career

how to start your business analyst job in 4 steps
how to start your business analyst job in 4 steps
How is your business analyst job search going?

If you are finding it hard to get a business analyst job, then you need to update your business analysis skills, hands-on experience, cover letter, resume or interviewing skills.

  1. If you are not getting any phone calls, call backs or invitations for BA job interviews, then your business analyst resume or cover letter is weak.

  2. If you are getting business analyst interviews but not getting job offers, then your BA job interviewing skills are weak.

How To Schedule An Online Training Class

If you are interested in registering for an online training class, here is some additional information that you need to consider before you sign up for the ongoing SQL BOOT CAMP or BUSINESS ANALYST BOOT CAMP or SOFTWARE DEVELOPER BOOT CAMP.

Career Roadmap and Career Planning

1. The online SQL BOOT CAMP class is for database developers, data analysts, report writers / developers, business analysts or software developers who want to learn or master two (2) core or fundamental programming skills:

a. Relational database design and database development

b. SQL query writing and SQL programming

Database Design Courses

The training courses at SQL Boot Camp is for data analysts, report
writers, SQL developers, business analysts, computer programmers and database
developers who want to improve their SQL or database skills .

Hands-On Training

The SQL training courses are a combination of hands-on, practical training
combined with real world projects.

Step By Step Training Courses

You study step by step the concepts you need to master to design efficient,
enterprise scalable relational databases at your own pace, schedule
and time and from the comfort
of your home or office.

72 Hour Special For SQL BOOT CAMP

The online SQL Training at SQL Boot Camp is an on-going online training session
that you can join at any time.However there is a special that starts today
and ends on March 1, 2008 which offers you a $500.00 discount.

If you are interested, all you have to do is register for the special at
SQL BOOT CAMP and then place a special,
one-time discount code in your shopping cart when you order your online
training.

Here is the special, one-time discount code: XxT95763

This offer ends on March 1, 2008.

Myths Debunked Burning IT Career Questions Answered

Do you have a burning question about your business analyst, software
developer, database, SQL career that you want answered? Post your question as a
comment below and I will answer it for you!

What is the toughest challenge facing you? Is it on your technical
skills, job interview, resume, job performance? Post the question you want
answered and let me help you make that decision on how to take you career to
the next level!

1. Do you have a question on how to prepare for your next SQL or Database Job
Interview
?

In Search Of A Mentor

Looking For a Mentor

In college I tried to learn C/C++ by Dennis Richie and Brian Kernighan. It was a sterile experience because even though I could flip the pages of the book, I couldn’t make any sense out of it. What I really needed was a personal trainer or mentor who could work me through the book and show me how to build software applications using C/C++ because I learn better by doing than just reading.

I couldn’t get anyone’s attention not to talk of getting them to teach me how to develop software applications. Everyone I knew was busy writing programs and nobody wanted to stop and teach others what they knew.

Take Meaningful Action Towards Finding A Career

I’m going to share something with you that will pretty much blow your mind away.

Now, here’s it is. Do you need to be competent at web or windows development before you can get a computer programming job? What is the absolute minimum number of technical skills or programming languages you need to learn to get a business analyst, data analyst or software development job? Do you need to master a number of technical or programming skills to begin your career in business analysis or software development? Absolutely not, I say!

Why Johnny Can’t Get A Job

Did you learn an information technology skill but can’t seem to find a job?

If you are looking for a job now or will be in the market for a new job soon, you’ve got to read the rest of what’s on this article.

Are You Getting Job Offers?

Marketers know to do market research before promoting a product or bringing it to the market. This is because the time and money that may be lost by investing in a product that no-one wants to buy can be saved by doing some inexpensive market research.

How To Find IT Jobs

One life skill that strikes fear into the hearts of business analysts and computer programmers alike is sales and marketing skills.

Looking For A Job Is A Sales And Marketing Process

For too long, technical professionals have assumed that sales and marketing is something you need if you’re a sales rep for a pharmaceutical company, a used car salesperson, real estate agent, a marketing executive or someone else in a non-technical job.

This assumption is so seriously flawed ? nothing could be farther from the truth. Every time you look for a job, email your resume to a hiring manager, interview for a job or negotiate your salary or bill rate, you are performing sales and marketing tasks.

Talk About Tour Toughest Challenges!

I would like to help you by answering any challenging business analyst or software development career question you may have.

So, add your question as a comment to the end of this post and I will either answer you on this post or privately by email if it happens to be a sensitive question.

Here are some of the questions you can ask. You can borrow from the list of questions below or ask a more pressing career related question.

Here is a list of sample questions for Business Analysts:

1. How do I get a business analyst job?

Business Analyst Or Computer Programmer Careers, Which Is Better?

Part 4 of 9 in the Series: How To Start A Business Analyst Career

If you are having a hard time choosing between a business analyst career and a computer programming career, perhaps it is because you can’t tell the difference.

I want to help you out by explaining the major differences between business analyst and computer programming careers.

These differences include:

1. Technical Skills

2. People / Leadership Skills

3. Educational Requirements

4. Learning Curve

5. 2007 and 2008 Job Market Outlook

6. Salaries, Wages and Compensation

Business Analyst Interview Questions

Now that how to become a business analyst book is released, I’m also releasing the business analyst interview questions book and here is the reason why.

It’s Proven Difficult to Prepare for Business Analyst Job Interviews

Presently, it’s challenging to study for business analyst interviews because job boards, job descriptions, hiring managers and human resources (hr) specialists are not consistent in what they are looking for in a business analyst.

While some emphasize communication skills, others emphasize leadership skills in business analyst job postings.

While some business analyst job openings emphasize requirements gathering, analysis and documentation, others emphasize software development skills, reporting skills or data analysis skills.

The Business Analyst Book

The business analyst career is one of the most misunderstood professions in the information technology or software development industry.

The majority of software development professionals who understand the network administrator, database administrator, web developer, computer programmer, IT manager or IT director’s role fail at understanding or appreciating the roles, responsibilities and career opportunities available to business analysts.

Announcing The Ultimate Guide to Careers and Jobs for Business Analysts

The Ultimate Guide to Careers and Jobs for Business Analysts solves this problem by opening wide the doors to success in business analyst careers and jobs.

How To Become A Business Analyst

Part 1 of 22 in the Series: The Business Analyst Job Description
How To Become A Business Analyst
How To Become A Business Analyst

ON BECOMING A BUSINESS ANALYST – THE BUSINESS ANALYST JOB DESCRIPTION

A business analyst is an information technology worker who improves the efficiency and productivity of business operations.

The business analyst achieves this by closely analyzing the business processes in an organization for inefficiencies.

When inefficient business processes are discovered, the business analyst makes recommendations for business process improvements.

If the recommended solution is approved, the business analyst works with computer programmers, lead software developers, software managers and other information technology workers to implement the recommended solutions.