Is this course accredited?
Yes, it is accredited by British Computer Society (BCS)
What is the experience of the Instructor(s) delivering my course?
Our instructors are all experienced and qualified in Business Analysis
What do The Knowledge Academy provide me on the course?
We provide, The Knowledge Academy courseware folder, official certificates and refreshments.
Does the course include exams?
Yes, the course includes the Business Analysis exam.
Are there any prerequisites for the Business Analysis exam?
There are no prerequisites for the Business Analysis examination
What is the structure of the exam?
The Business Analysis exam is a written exam
What time shall I arrive at the venue?
Please arrive at your training venue for 08:45am
What is Business Analyst Training?
In today’s highly competitive business environment, organisations are searching for individuals who can demonstrate Business Analysis skills and help them achieve their strategic objectives. The Knowledge Academy provides accredited Business Analysis training which is governed by (BCS). To complement the accreditation, The Knowledge Academy’s Business Analysis Diploma consisting of Business Analysis Essentials (Practice), Requirements Engineering, Modelling Business Process and IS Project Management allow you to demonstrate the skill sets required to be a Business Analyst. This is one of most sought after qualifications and will enable new or existing Business Analysts to further develop their career.
The Knowledge Academy
The course prepares participants to sit the one-hour, open book, examination leading to the certificate in Business Analysis Essentials offered. This certificate is a core module for the BCS Business Analysis Diploma and is a specialist module in the BCS Systems Development Diploma.
The role of the Business Analyst, a lifecycle for business change, purpose of analysing and modelling business systems.
A comparison of the business analyst and systems analyst roles.
Overview of business analysis approach.
Strategic Analysis in Context.
Identifying the business domain.
Internal environment analysis.
External environment analysis.
Critical Success Factors and Key Performance Indicators.
The Balanced Business Scorecard.
Overview of areas of strategy including IS strategy
Project Discipline for Business Analysis Studies.
Terms of reference/project initiation business and project objectives.
Deliverables from business analysis studies.
Understanding the Situation and Issues
Overview of investigative techniques.
Representation of the business situation.
Identifying different perspectives.
Defining business perspectives
Identifying and resolving conflicts
Analysing and modelling business activities.
The conceptual business activity model.
The link between the business activity model and the business perspective.
Identifying activities and Identifying dependencies.
Building a business activity model.
Business events/activity triggers,
Identifying potential solutions.
Defining a new business model (the processes, people and organisation)
Identifying IS/IT requirements to support the new business model
Making the business case
Structure of a business case
Identifying options for business change
Identifying costs and benefits
Principles of risk analysis and management
Presenting a business case
Accepting the business case
Testing the system for user acceptance
Managing the implementation of change
Realising the business benefits
BCS Business Analysis Practice Exam
- The Knowledge Academy BCS Business Analysis Practice courseware folder
- Experienced Instructors
- “I was impressed how well it was run with no time wasted at all. Very challenging course but well laid out and presented by the trainer John Power.”By Marco Briggs (Business Administrator) from Plymouth
- “The course was thorough, educational and enjoyable. the instructor carol was absolutely fantastic.”By Courtney Yates (Business Official) from Manchester
- “The Training was intense and thorough. The trainer was 1st rate and explained everything clearly.”By Joe Blair (Business Administrator) from Liverpool
- “Just finished my course with TKA in Birmingham and passed with flying colours. The course was challenging at times but then I suppose it is meant to be! The trainer Brian was really good and worked very slow so I could catch up easily. The price was also the cheapest I could find - which originally made me doubt the quality but actually, I can't fault TKA. Will be using them again.”By Norma Carson (Business Analyst) from Birmingham
- “Thank you for a great course!”By Ross Wilmott (Business Administrator) from Leeds
- “Very enjoyable 2 days, expert and knowledgeable trainer really helped with learning with a wealth of real-life examples from their experience.”By Marcus Shaw (Business Analyst) from Glasgow
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Possess a Clear Understanding of Business Analysis
During this article I hope to help business analysis professionals master their own profession. However, in order to master Business Analysis we must first possess a clear, complete understanding of the essential skills of a business analyst. Business analysis, itself involves complex, sophisticated thinking patterns and an advanced use of communication. To describe and define the role of a business analyst is rather difficult however, below are the key attributes that will make a Business Analyst successful;
- An expert on workflow diagrams will come in useful
- A strong technical programming background in order to design software that will ultimately meet business needs
- A strong facilitator in order to lead requirements elicitation sessions with a large group of individuals
However, there are a lot more essential traits and capabilities a Business Analyst should have.
I would argue that there is something unique and rare about the individuals who are able to combine technical knowledge, business acumen, analytical skills and sound communication skills. Excellent BA’s are able to bring value to their organisations by their ability to understand true business opportunities, making realistic recommendations and facilitating the successful implementation of these solutions.
Whilst a great deal is taught during the business analysis training course, there are a lot of important aspects of the role which is needed in addition to this qualification.
So, let’s begin with; What is Business Analysis?
Business Analysis is defined by the International Institute of Business Analysis™ as;
The set of tasks and techniques used to work as a liaison among stakeholders in order to understand the structure, policies and operations of an organisation, and recommend solutions that enable the organisation to achieve its goals.
Therefore to be a business analyst involves the following;
- Identification of business problems and opportunities
- Elicitation of needs and constraints from stakeholders
- Analysis of stakeholder needs to define requirements for a solution
- Assessment and validation of potential and actual solutions
- Management of the ‘product’ or requirements of scope
A business analyst will analyse, communicate and validate requirements for changes to business processes, policies and information systems. The business analysis professional will understand these business problems and opportunities in the context of the requirements and will then recommend solutions that enable an organisation to achieve its goals.
The business analysis discipline itself has emerged from work previously done by project managers and system analysts. Today, in many organisations there is still an unclear differentiation between the work of a business analysis and the work of a project manager. The discipline of business analysis is useful for solving problems and taking advantage of opportunities by helping business people design procedure, structures and technology to support or enhance their work. Many of these solutions will include a significant software component due to most business areas benefiting extensively from software automation and it is often the most complex piece of the solution.
Most of the projects that a business analyst will be involved in will include software or IT solution. However, the profession or the role is not limited to software development or IT solution. Rather the profession of a business analyst will focus on helping to elicit, analyse, document and validate requirements and implement solutions to business problems.
Business Analysis Vs Software Development
When discussing software development methodologies it is important to acknowledge how business analysis relates to these processes. Most software development methodologies have been created by software developers to help organisations run more efficiently. Very few of them acknowledge the primary work of a business analyst. Organisations should run with RUP in mind; the Rational Unified Process. However, many organisations do not understand RUP’s underlying assumptions and therefore completely forget about the business analyst who did all the leg work at the beginning.
Moreover, let’s look at the role of a business analyst. Indeed, taking the business analyst training course will always give you a boost up the career ladder. However, it is vital to understand the role you will be walking into;
The business analysis profession has emerged and continues to grow mainly due to the need for people who can translate business needs into software technology and organisational solutions. There is a huge demand for this within our world today. Individuals who have both strong communication skills and analytical aptitude can be taught to use an analysis documentation and presentation techniques. Individuals who can communicate and think logically will always be valuable to the success of their organisations. This unique combination of soft and analytical skills is the key to becoming a successful business analyst.
Business Analyst work is being done by professionals with job titles as varies as; developer, project manager, systems analyst, systems engineer, requirements engineer…and the list goes on. More and more organisations around the world are beginning to recognise business analysis as a distinct profession and developing career paths for people who are interested in specialising in this area of expertise. If I had to guarantee one change this year, it would be the change to a business analyst. I predict that this career path will take off this year, as will the certification.
Even though the role of a BA is still being defined today, specialisations in this profession are already emerging. There are business analysis professionals who specialise by industry, by software application, by technology, and by level of experience.
The role of a business analyst is broad and will continue to grow as the 21st century moves onwards. It is a rather exciting concept, if I do say so myself.
Written by Jane Smith