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functions (Park & Jeong, 2016). This allows the BA to align requirements with appropriate methodologies to create solutions. Finally, they should have enough technical skills so that they can communication with IT personnel to get the necessary codes written and databases managed.Overall, a BA who has the following characteristics and is supported by the organization will help to promote a business analytics-driven culture. Relationship between an analyst within a business functional unit and IT department The business unit focused BA (BFBA) main objective is the understand how the business operates and must be able to create business requirements and business process workflows (McClellan, 2013). The information technology BA (ITBA) serves as a systems analyst that is engaged in the project life cycle to develop functional requirements, that clarify the technical design and development (McClellan, 2013). The ITBA role needs to have a strong understandingof the technical side of systems, including hardware, infrastructure, software and more to ensure it is compatible with meeting business requirements. Overall, the relationship between the two should be translucent. The BFBA should be able to communicate flawlessly with the ITBA so that the project requirements can easily be converted into system or functional requirements, since both are ultimately responsible for driving to a solution that delivers the business value promised by a project (McClellan, 2013).While each specializes in a different component of the overall project, it is important they both understand the needs of the other. Business Analyst within the Organization Structure
The way a BA is integrated within the organizational structure will vary depending on the size and requirements of the business. Often times, it is likely to find a BA under the IT department despite if they are a “business” focused BA. In other cases, business distributes their BA throughout the organization so that they can support a wide range of business operations (McClellan, 2013). In addition, some business have created a centralized pool of analyst who canconduct large scale operations across a multitude of tasks (McClellan, 2013). Overall, the exact