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What is Business Analysis?

Business Analysis is the practice of enabling change in an organizational context, by defining needs and recommending solutions that deliver value to stakeholders. The set of tasks and techniques that are used to perform business analysis are defined in A Guide to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge® (BABOK® Guide).

What is a Business Analyst?

The Business Analyst is an agent of change. Business Analysis is a disciplined approach for introducing and managing change to organizations, whether they are for-profit businesses, governments, or non-profits.

Job titles for business analysis practitioners include not only business analyst, but also business systems analyst, systems analyst, requirements engineer, process analyst, product manager, product owner, enterprise analyst, business architect, management consultant, business intelligence analyst, data scientist, and more. Many other jobs, such as management, project management, product management, software development, quality assurance and interaction design rely heavily on business analysis skills for success.

Business analysis is used to identify and articulate the need for change in how organizations work, and to facilitate that change. As business analysts, we identify and define the solutions that will maximize the value delivered by an organization to its stakeholders. Business analysts work across all levels of an organization and may be involved in everything from defining strategy, to creating the enterprise architecture, to taking a leadership role by defining the goals and requirements for programs and projects or supporting continuous improvement in its technology and processes.

We have the specialized knowledge to act as a guide and lead the business through unknown or unmapped territory, to get it to its desired destination. The value of business analysis is in realization of benefits, avoidance of cost, identification of new opportunities, understanding of required capabilities and modeling the organization. Through the effective use of business analysis, we can ensure an organization realizes these benefits, ultimately improving the way they do business.

Business Analysis Helps Businesses Do Business Better.

Global Standards of the Business Analysis Profession

 

Business Analysis Standards, Regulations & Best Practices

A Guide to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge (BABOK® Guide) is the standard for the practice of business analysis and is for professionals who perform business analysis tasks. Recognized globally as the standard of business analysis, it guides business professionals within the six core knowledge areas, describing the skills, deliverables, and techniques that business analysis professionals require to achieve better business outcomes.

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IIBA Core Business Analysis Certifications

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Entry Certificate in Business Analysis™ (ECBA™)

ECBA™ recognizes individuals ready to develop their business analysis skills, knowledge and behaviours as practicing business analysis professionals.

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Certification of Capability in Business Analysis™ (CCBA®)

CCBA® recognizes skilled BA professionals who have two to three years of practical business analysis work experience.

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Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP®)

CBAP® recognizes seasoned BA professionals who have over five years of practical business analysis work experience.

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IIBA Specialized Business Analysis Certifications

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Agile Analysis Certification (IIBA®-AAC)

IIBA®-AAC certification strengthens your skills and expertise, focusing on applying an agile perspective within a business analysis framework.

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Certificate in Cybersecurity Analysis (IIBA®- CCA)

IIBA® and IEEE Computer Society have partnered to offer a robust learning and certification program on Cybersecurity Analysis.

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Certification in Business Data Analytics (IIBA®- CBDA)

The Certification in Business Data Analytics (IIBA®- CBDA) recognizes your ability to effectively execute data analysis related work in support of business analytics initiatives.

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Certificate in Product Ownership Analysis (IIBA®-CPOA)

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IIBA's Product Ownership Analysis Certification Program recognizes the integration of Business Analysis and Product Ownership with an Agile mindset to maximizing value.

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