A Day in the life of an Analyst

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A typical day in the life of an Analyst

An Analyst works on varied projects with multiple deliverables and varied duties depending on the business objectives.

However there are some tasks that can be easily classified as “common everyday duties” in a “typical work day of a business analyst”

Clarification and investigation of business goals and problems

Analysts like to ask questions. This helps them identify the right question against which they would need to conduct analysis. The process of investigating involves conducting interviews, reading and observing people at work.

Information analysis

The analysis phase is the phase during which the Business Analyst explains the elements in detail, affirming clearly and unambiguously what the business needs to do in order solve its issue. During this stage the BA will also interact with the development team and, if appropriate, an architect, to design the layout and define accurately what the solution should look like.

 

Meeting stakeholders

Good Business Analysts contribute countless hours actively communicating. More than only speaking, this means hearing and recognising verbal and non-verbal information, building an open conversation, verifying you’ve understood what you heard, and communicating what you learn to those who will create the actual solution

 

Document research

Post Investigation, all the facts that have been collected by Analysts need to be documented for their future use. They use Data visualization tools like Excel graphs, spreadsheets etc.

Evaluate options

Before drawing solutions for the given problems, Analysts like to work on various possible solutions contemplating the best one according to business requirements. In order to draw conclusions Analysts use analytical tools like SAS, R and Python for analyzing and predicting the best outcome.

Take action

Once the optimum solution is derived, an Analyst has to again communicate with the client to understand any missed objectives and to guide them on how to implement the recommended processes.

 

A business Analyst shows the light towards viable solutions to complex business problems. It’s no surprise that Business Analysts are in such great demand.

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