1 WHY BUSINESS ANALYSTS SHOULD MODEL INFORMATION

This chapter provides an introduction to business analysis, systems, information, data and modelling and why these topics come together within the development of requirements for an IT system. The chapter finishes with a discussion of data analysis.

WHAT IS BUSINESS ANALYSIS?

Business analysis is a discipline that has been evolving for about 20 years. Its main purpose is to ensure that there is alignment between business needs and business change solutions. Many of these business change solutions involve the development of new – or the enhancement of existing – information technology (commonly abbreviated to IT) systems.

There is no fixed route to becoming a business analyst. Some business analysts ...

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