Business analysts have a huge role in solving today’s business problems with technological solutions. Most business models and processes have been rendered inefficient by the new norm; hence analysts will have to resolve business problems and transform business models through technology architecture and software application. As they help businesses improve their products through data analysis, business analysts will have to become more innovative and creative.
The following are ways a business analyst can oversee success in 2021:
1. Embrace Remote working.
With the outbreak of the pandemic, remote working has become part of the new norm. As we navigate across 2021, BA will also be working from home. However, employees need to develop adequate infrastructures to smooth the transition from the in-office working environment to working from home. Though there are challenges, it is advantageous as there is extra time gained from the time one could have used in traveling. Apart from allowing workers to have a better work-life balance, remote working increases productivity, saves money and resources and creates no room for office distractions
2. Go for in-service training or get new certifications.
In-service training or additional skill certifications let workers gain skills while not missing a beat. Analysts can get ECBA, CCBA, and CBAP certification. These certifications allow analysts to improve confidence, mentor capacity, management prowess, and decisions ability. It can give analysts a one up on the competition and keep their skills sharp.
3. Adoption of technology.
In analyzing business problems and coming up with remedies, analysts will have to engage stakeholders through technological tools such as Zoom, Webex, Go-to-meting, and Go-to-Webinar. These technological platforms will help analysts gather enough feedback in solving problems associated with different business models.
4. Have a plan.
It would be best to have a schedule of the day’s tasks and time to be spent. Make the plan known to your team and ensure the team remains updated with your progress. Let your team know when you are out for a break, especially for coffee or lunch. You should ensure that you are available during the stipulated working hours. A proper plan will ensure that you manage your time well
5. Maintaining work discipline.
Every business analyst will be required to set up a conducive workplace while working from home. The workstation has to be clean, comfortable, organized, and free from distraction and noise.
Though the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted every sector in 2020, 2021 is a year for game changers to maneuver around and find success in the new norm. Since analysts are also affected by the pandemic, they have to be physically, emotionally, and mentally healthy. They should exercise, meditate, pick up hobbies, and stay in touch with family and friends.