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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 …
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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?
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.
As humans we all process information through filters and one of those filters is your current job title / background!
Though your job title may work well for you right now, the moment you try and take on a different role, job title / background / responsibility, you end up running into a brick wall! … it is like people fold their hands and adopt a challenging, prove-it-to-me attitude!
So, in today’s post, I will answer a question submitted by (Jan) who has worked 15+ years for one of the largest IT Corporations “but still feels boxed-in / walled-in” by his current job title!
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.
“If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again“, is a saying that generally works. However, if you want to increase your chances of entering the business analysis field, you will need more than “trial and error” to get a job interview!
You will need to have in hand, a resumé that shows how you qualify as a business analyst, even though your past positions were not specifically in business analysis.
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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.
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.
[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 reader titled: Which Documents Do I Write To Become A Business Analyst? …
This question was submitted by a “Server Monitoring Engineer” who wants to “Learn The Document(s) One Can Write To Become a Business Analyst“, here is the question …
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
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.
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!
IT business analysts don’t specialize in specific domains because they analyze and specify computer software or hardware solutions for any domain including operations, healthcare, engineering, sales & marketing, finance, insurance etc.
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.