hi, I completed my engineering in electrical and electronics last year and then i joined a telecom company as a tester.
Only then did I realize that I was not interested in this field. I have heard about Business Analysts and it sounds interesting.
I would like to know what I should do to become a business analyst and a little more info on this field. Please advice.
Can a Software Engineer become a Business Analyst?
Why ever not? A Software Engineer can become a Business Analyst for the following reasons:
1. A background in information technology (IT)/software development is a great foundation for a career in IT Business Analysis.
You donâ€™t have to be an IT person to be business analyst, but IT people make great business analysts!
2. Many business analyst roles involve IT projects i.e. working on business solutions to be implemented in software.
3. IT business analysts need a solid understanding of Software Development Lifecycle (SDLC) to perform efficiently in the technical implementation of IT business solutions.
4. Experience using SDLC or the process of developing software gives an advantage over applicants who donâ€™t have that experience.
5. An IT business analyst, who acts as a liaison between the software development team and the business team, is invaluable to ascertaining the business needs and creating the best possible solution to meet these needs.
6. There is a high demand for skilled IT professionals, especially computer programmers, to fill business analyst roles.
A Software Engineer or other IT professional whilst transitioning to business analysis may face the following challenges:
1. Lack of business acumen and management abilities.
2. Lack of business/soft skills such as presentations skills, written and verbal communication skills, diplomacy, facilitation and people skills.
3. Niche expertise. The new IT professional may not understand the business side of their chosen field of work.
How may the new IT Business analyst make up for this lack of business skills?
An MBA will teach how a business is run and that is valuable to the business analyst, but the actual business analysis skills are rarely, if ever part of the MBA program.
To acquire all round business analyst skills, find a training program that will help you learn, understand, retain and apply business analysis concepts effectively on a job.
This type of training program should include a mentoring/coaching option and provide practical training modules.