Career Path for Business Analyst

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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I’m a IT Business Analyst working on a Robotics Initiative. When will UiPath have something for MAC?

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Hey @Tony_Arriagada,

I dont know it exactly, but I think that UiPath has already a version which works in MAC

KR,
Pablo

Unfortunately there is no Mac version

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Thank you @PeterK and @Pablo_Sanchez

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Why change? Isn’t RPA Business Analyst a great job?:interrobang:

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What I have seen from many companies is that the developer cannot do all the work alone. There needs to be a core group of BA’s and the other positions listed here to share in the work load and change management events of the company. The culture will need to change and not every developer of RPA would like to agree to spread the word to multiple teams as part of their job responsibilities.

In my experience BA professions are expert diplomats, riding the line between what is “possible” and showing how the “impossible” can be achieved. It is a great position to be in and is a lot of fun if you like working with people.

I have multiple BA’s on my team and can answer any questions directed to me about what life is like for those positions or questions surrounding the subject of BA’s.

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Some great answers here already, in regard to career path for RPA Business Analysts. It depends on the organisation, but the following may be some of your options:
: RPA Project Manager
: RPA Centre of Excellence Lead

Or if you wish to move broadly, maybe consider the following:
: Transformation Analyst or Consultant in ‘Change the Business/Transformation’ Team
: Digital Operations Lead in ‘Run the Business’ Team (Manage the Digital Workers)
: Process Improvement / LEAN / Business Consultant with an Advisory company

Hope this helps! TJ

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Hi All,

I would like to share my experience.
Working as a BA for any of the RPA has the same roles and responsibilities as you would be working in any other project or technology. Just one difference over here is the type of documents which you create for different processes.
Instead of Product owner, you become Process Owner in the RPA specific project. Your main responsibilities will be :-

  1. The processes which SMEs have been doing manually you need to analyze what all things can be automated at the low cost and less efforts.
  2. Analyze what all systems will be interacting to run a process.
  3. Design Process flow documents to analyze and explain to the technical team,
  4. Create as is documents and take screenshots of each of the process screens.
  5. Demo the ready Automated process to the SMEs and main stake holder.
  6. Train the SMEs and Bot Admin about Dos & Donts and exception handling scenarios
    etc.

Hence I would rather say whatever future you see as a Business Analyst will be applicable and happily accepted for RPA(UiPath) as well. Hence one BA needs to be good in analysis, documentations and good knowledge about UiPath & it’s different versions.

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Dear all,

I am not sure if this would be relevant but as i see this forum has qualified and able dignitaries i am writing this post.
I have recently completed post graduation in BA and hold around 6 years of experience in various fields of HR and RPA(Uipath) close to 1.5 years included as an analyst implementing HR process automatons.
I am looking out for BA role in Uipath since almost 2 months now and it seems opportunities are diverse.
Request you to lead me or refer any BA roles in your knowledge and this would be graetly helpful.
Many thanks in advance friends.

Best Regards,
Sandesh
sandubejai@gmail.com

Good stuff! Thank you!

I am looking for some exciting opportunity in the area of RPA business analyst but not sure about the future prospects in the RPA…

Looking for some suggestions…

Many possibilities open for RPA BAs in my mind. Some of them include:

  1. Process Analyst/Six Sigma Lead
  2. BA Centre of Excellence (Process focus)
  3. Consulting (in the role of BA or a Process Lead)
  4. Project Manager (starting with RPA)
  5. Program Manager/Transformation Lead (for RPA or Digital Transformation)
  6. Technical Business Analyst
  7. Trainer

and many more :slight_smile:

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