Over the last year, we have seen a spike in demand for BAs, particularly driven by the GDPR legislative changes. BA’s with GDPR specialist experience increased by 63% covering the period of January to May 2018. This is not an isolated occurrence, it’s worldwide. The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a growth rate of 19% for business analysts between 2014 and 2024. This should lead to a predicted 495,500 jobs, which is significantly faster growth than most positions and industries are seeing in the United States.
This is one of the highest growths in demand among IT occupations.
So, why is the demand for IT Business Analysts on the increase?
BA’s are no longer just considered the ‘requirements guys.’ They are now seen as an integral part of any organisations ability to execute business strategy.
Let’s look at exactly why the IT Business Analyst job description is expanding and what it means for those of you in the industry:
The constant development of technology
The business environment is ever changing, and the relentless move of technology is a business driver, particularly in the areas of e-commerce, data, cloud/mobile apps and virtual working.
Innovative new business models and data transformation projects will drive increasing demand for BAs and the structure and role of BA teams has become more complex to meet that demand. Larger organisations are developing a business analysis practice with Lead BA’s managing teams of business analysts on complex projects, often heavily involved in managing business architecture and Target Operating Models.
The main role of a Business Analyst is to clarify requirements and provide solutions for business stakeholders. They achieve this by analysing company and customer requirements across an organisation, ensuring project fit and so enhance future business. So, for BA’s, complexity is something they are more than able to deal with.
Simpler, standalone projects are no longer the norm. There are now geographic challenges for example and while generally, projects would affect one company site, nowadays, a project can be rolled out on a multinational or multidivisional scale and with that comes with a whole range of complex issues.
Data Transformation projects, from ERP rollouts to storage or communications, IT is now the main enabler of business and as such a project may involve every single function or department. The Scoping out of such embedded projects is increasingly complex.
What does this mean for the future of BAs? A talented BA with the skills, knowledge and experience to handle a project on this scale becomes highly sought after.
The rate of change and project agility
Change is the only constant. For example, IT project rollouts are no longer something that happens for a time and then everything settles down. Organisations need to evolve to suit the changing conditions they face. As such the value of a great BA is enormous, flexing between projects, often running parallel work streams and more commonly interrelated project outcomes.
Ultimately, the BA role is one which cannot be automated. So, with so many sectors of IT experiencing the age of automation, this is a purely people orientated job. A Business Analyst cannot be replaced by a robot.
So, if you’re looking forward to career in Business Analysis, rest assured your career path is safe.
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