Join Haydn Thomas for an in-depth discussion in this video Business analyst vs. business systems analyst, part of Insights from a Business Analyst.
The profession of business analysis is a relatively young profession. With anything that is evolving is that the titles themselves are actually changing, so we hear the term of business analyst, business systems analyst, and what happens is that there is a flavor that basically people put around the skill and the tools and techniques associated with business analysis. So, if you look at it from the question of business analysis versus business systems analysis, business analyst is the perception that you're focusing more on the business side of the organization, where you're talking about process and structure, and people, and how things get done, whereas the perception is also the business systems analyst.
This is where they're focusing more on the IT solutions and the techniques, and the hardware and the software that's needed to basically bring things together. They both have very, very similar skills, it just happens to be they've got a different focus of where they're trying to put their skills. As a business analyst, you can have many different roles, everything from a data analyst, which is right down to the low Level D [tunnels] of creating software and products within organizations. You then start moving more into the process side of things, where you're looking at how things fit together, the sequencing and the efficiency of those elements.
You then work out how those processes fit holistically within an organization, so you're looking more at the frameworks and how things work, and then you can go right to the very top, which we call strategic analysis, a strategic business analyst. And a lot of the times, people don't actually have that title, but they're actually using the skills. You might be the CEO of an organization, or a chief of staff, whereby gathering information and wanting to make better decisions is really important. So the confusion being is that the actual role of a business analyst is evolving, and there is, in lots of forums around the world, a really big discussion about the fact of how different they are.
What I find is that there's a lot of commonality that we should be focusing on first, and then using our themes and flavors around the outside to really give us that specialty. So, regardless if it's a business analyst or a business systems analyst, we do very similar things, but we just look at different focuses within our organizations.