Business Analyst Definition

The business analyst is skilled at working with end-users to determine what their needs are. Often, the business analyst has some technical experience which is useful in determining if a user's requests are feasible. Note that the business analyst is more than just a glorified note taker as he is also responsible for drilling down in to each business requirement to ensure that what is being asked is actually what
is needed. Often a user thinks a particular feature is needed when in fact it isn't. Similarly, a user may assume that a particular feature will be included when it hasn't been specified anywhere.

It is also the business analysts role to translate what the user is asking for into a technical form that the client/server programmer or web developer can understand.

Related Terms

  • Requirements Analyst (might have a stronger business background)
  • Programmer/Analyst (skilled at analysis and programming)

Other Definitions

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