It’s a Hot Job, but Most Business Analysts Not Adequately Equipped for Demands of Pivotal Role

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New Blueprint white paper warns Business Analysts of common job pitfalls to avoid.

As a pioneer in the Requirements Definition and Management (RDM) market, we have seen time and again how the use of a purpose-built application for RDM can transform the role of the Business Analyst from clerical administrator to strategic facilitator.

Blueprint Software Systems/Career opportunities for Business Analysts have never looked brighter, with both CNNMoney and Indeed.com ranking Business Analysts among today’s most in-demand jobs. But according to Forrester Research, 99 percent of Business Analysts still rely on rudimentary software applications such as documents and spreadsheets.

Unfortunately for these Business Analysts, whose job success depends on frequent collaboration with internal business customers to help companies deliver mission-critical software projects, these applications introduce inefficiencies and errors that can have serious business consequences including missing and unused features, budget overruns of 40% on average and in 29% of cases, project cancellations.

A new white paper tackles the topic head-on.

“10 Reasons Why Documents and Spreadsheets Are Killing Your Career” is a new whitepaper that illustrates the career-limiting risks posed when Business Analysts rely on standard office applications not designed for the increasingly challenging demands of their profession.

Some of the ‘10 Reasons’ detailed in the white paper include:

  •     Using documents forces project participants to translate ideas into text, dramatically increasing the risk of miscommunication
  •     Writing long Business Requirements Documents (BRD) often results in ‘blind approvals’ from individuals who don’t read the document in detail before signing off
  •     Using spreadsheets to manage requirements dependencies places much of the project risk on the shoulders of the Business Analyst.

“As a pioneer in the Requirements Definition and Management (RDM) market, we have seen time and again how the use of a purpose-built application for RDM can transform the role of the Business Analyst from clerical administrator to strategic facilitator,” said David Nyland, CEO of Blueprint.

The white paper, published by Blueprint Software Systems, is useful for Business Analysts because it shines a light on the most common (but rarely discussed) pitfalls of the job. A complimentary copy can be downloaded at http://www.blueprintsys.com/CareerKillers.

Upcoming webcast explores the topic in-depth
Business Analysts looking for best practice tips on how to perform at the highest level in this increasingly competitive field can register to attend a free webinar hosted by ModernAnalyst.com. The webinar “Top 10 Career-Crushers that Threaten Every Business Analyst – And How to Prevent Them!” features Blueprint’s Tony Higgins, a 27-year software industry veteran, who has spent much of the past decade focused solely on developing software requirements solutions that support and enhance the role of the Business Analyst in today’s enterprise. Register for this free event online.

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About Blueprint
Blueprint (http://www.blueprintsys.com) is the world leader in collaborative Requirements Definition and Management (RDM) solutions. Blueprint makes life easier for Business Analysts by automating the tedious, time-consuming elements of every requirements initiative—and transforming the business-IT relationship into a visual, engaging collaboration. The result? More predictable budgets and schedules, faster-time-to market, and far less rework along the way.

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