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There is a growing demand for business analysts with expertise in automation. As more and more businesses are realizing the benefits of automation, they are seeking professionals with specialized skills in this area. However, there is currently a shortage of skilled business analysts with the necessary technical knowledge and experience in automation to meet this demand.
For successful business analysis professionals, there are several technical skills and competencies that are essential. A successful business analyst should possess critical skills spanning across key knowledge areas like Business Analysis Planning and Monitoring, Elicitation and Collaboration, Requirements Lifecycle Management and Requirements Analysis and Design Definition.
Automation projects require a unique set of skills and knowledge beyond traditional business analysis skills. Business analysts specialized in automation need to understand various automation tools, including robotic process automation (RPA), Process Mining, Task Mining, and other related technologies. Moreover, they must have strong communication skills to effectively work with stakeholders across different departments and explain the benefits of automation and how it can impact business processes.
In summary, an Automation Business Analyst is a specialist who plays a critical role in driving automation initiatives in an organization, with the goal of improving efficiency, reducing costs, and enhancing the overall performance of the business.
To address the technical skill gap for automation business analysts, many organizations are investing in training and development programs to help existing employees develop the necessary skills.
UiPath, the leader in the automation industry, has developed a course that will equip learners with these essential skills required to be a successful Automation Business Analyst. UiPath partnered with International Institute of Business Analysis™ (IIBA®), renowned for its foundational standards and resources in business analysis, to offer this course on Coursera.
This course is for aspiring and existing business analysis professionals who want to improve their skills in the era of automation and digital transformation.
Why Should You Consider Automation Business Analyst?Upon completion of this course, learners will have the necessary skills and understanding to become successful as an automation business analyst. But that isn't all, this course prepares you for IIBA’s Entry Certificate in Business Analysis™ (ECBA™).
How is This Course Different from Other Business Analysis Courses?This course not only explains the ideas from the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge® (BABOK®) guide. It also helps professionals practice using the UiPath design templates. This course enables you to take the UiPath specialization course and certification exam. It is the first certification of its kind specifically for business analysts in the Automation field that UiPath plans to launch in 2023. That means you can get the benefits of exclusively recognized skills in the industry.
Why Should You Invest in Professional Certification?IIBA’s recent Global State of Business Analysis Survey (GSBA) conducted among business analysis professionals showed that 92% of respondents recommend certification to support career development. The top five reported reasons for getting certified include higher confidence at work, upskilling, improved job prospects, salary increases, and greater fulfillment at work.
The survey also showed that 27% of respondents experienced certification benefits immediately. 38% experienced benefits within 1-6 months, 16% within 6-12 months, and 19% after 1 year. The survey also revealed that business analysis professionals who hold at least one certification earn 15% more than non-certified respondents.
Additionally, individuals who hold IIBA’s Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP®) certification earn a 25% higher salary compared to those without it. Similarly, those who hold a Certification of Capability in Business Analysis (CCBA®) certification earn 11% more.
Another interesting finding is 40% of business analysis professionals reported that their employers have a defined career path to advance their career and develop skill sets. The survey also revealed that respondents preferred:
- self-study (31%)
- blended learning (29%)
- online (28%)
- classroom learning (12%)
- banking/finance/insurance (24%)
- information technology (20%)
- consulting/professional services (10%)
- government (8%)
- healthcare/pharmaceutical (6%)
Explore the Automation Business Analyst - Concepts and Principles Course and learn more about IIBA’s strategic partnerships here.
 Source: Gartner (July 2022)
 Source: 2022 IIBA Global State of Business Analysis report (GSBA)
About The Author:
Martin Janse van Rensburg is the UiPath Senior Director for Global Education Alliances & Certifications. Martin is responsible for developing UiPath’s education and certification strategy and accelerating business growth. The group comprises four diverse enablement organizations: UiPath Certified Professional Program (UCP), UiPath Academic Alliances (UAA), UiPath Learning Partners (ULP) and the Partner UiPath Services Network Program (USN).
He ensures UiPath develops globally talent needed today and, in the future, to support our customers and partners while building individual careers through education and certifications.
Martin works closely with customers and partners and education institutions, to understand market needs and transitions influencing their businesses, and within UiPath cross-functionally to design and implement new education, reward and recognition models the ecosystem. He is passionate about driving Return on Education (RoE) that measures the actual outcome of knowledge used post education rather than just knowledge gained.
Martin joined UiPath in April 2022, with 27 years of experience in IT. Prior to UiPath, he held several leadership roles at Cisco, founded the Global Black Belt Academy. managed all aspects of the Cisco Partner enablement. He was the Scotland Country manager for Dimension Data, delivering innovation and transformation solutions.
Martin is originally from South Africa but has lived in England, Scotland and Australia and is currently based in Singapore.