Career Path for Business Analyst


#1

I was wondering about the career path for an RPA business analyst. Assuming I am a business analyst for the next three or four years, what should I want to be next? Where does the BA path take me to? Can anyone who has progressed along this path throw some light on it?

Thank you,
Lloyd


#2

Hi Lloyds

I have a similar question, so let’s see what response do we get. But being a BA from last 5 years my understanding is that RPA would add much depth in BA role. Automation is the future and surely in next 3-5 years RPA would be part of the strategic plan for most of the businesses.

I see BA’s to be significant part of the transformation teams.

Regards


#3

I would love to hear thoughts on this as well - curious to read responses.


#5

it seems like just developers read the forum… maybe there is not much BA reading this … xD

I would like to read some good response too

Regards,
Pablo


#6

Hi, I am also wondering the carrier possibility in being BA of RPA. Do we need more developer skills? what do you think?
Kata


#7

Hi Guys,

This was a post I wanted to reply much before but haven’t really found time to do it.

By essence the BA will be closely connected to the operation/business side so it will give him good exposure across all the company, assuming he/she is working for more than one business service.

We often see BA evolving as either (non-technical) Consultant, which a similar attribution but more oriented in “enabling” the change rather than translating Business needs into requirements.

I also have seen automation manager (managing the team including developer, BA) coming from a business analysis experience.

Mostly the BA can have open later all non technical roles within an RPA CoE (or other model) such as Sponsor, Champion or Change manager (see link bellow). That will depend how successful he/she is and how he plays his cards, once again the exposure he will have during his numerous projects will be helpful to achieve this

Hope this somehow helped you, Note however that I am not a BA and rather focus on the technical aspect of the CoE.

Cheers


#8

There are many flavours of business analysis and Business Analyst can opt for any one of the flavours depending on his/her academic and professional background.

Followings are some of the career paths a Business can opt for:

  1. Operations Head - Business Strategy Analyst who analyses the business need by analysing their current products, services, process and operations, and recommends solution (with or without IT) to improve the business.

  2. Enterprise or Business Architect - A Business Analyst starting a career as a Business analyst, and moving towards lead Business analyst, and a role of heading Business Analysis activities as an enterprise or Business Architect in an organisations.

  3. CTO: In rare cases this is also a possibility for a business analyst if the person comes from technology background. He will have to work through many technology roles such as in-chrage of IT projects and overall technology in non-IT company to reach to CTO role.

  4. COO: The natural goal could be chief operating officer or Head - Business Change. Business Analyst moves upward from managing project to program to operations or change.

  5. Product Owner - Business Analyst working in a IT company specialised in product development can becomes Product owner/manager through a BA path.

  6. Practice Head - In-charge of projects with similar domain in an non-IT company and establish the process and standards for Business Analysis activities such as creating “Centre of Excellence” for Business Analysis.

  7. Program Manager - Business Analyst from technical background can become an in-charge of projects from same domain in an IT company.

  8. Delivery Head - Business Analyst from technical background who is in-charge of delivery of project or IT services in an IT company having same or different domain.

  9. Management Consultant -A Business Analyst starting with Jr consultant, create a path towards Consultant, senior consultant and management consultant.