A Business Analyst (BA) is a person who analyses, evaluates, and documents business processes and systems along with their associated data with the aim of improving those business processes and systems.

 In a nutshell, I want you to see a Business Analyst as someone who helps a business to perform better in any given area. These areas may include revenue increase, cost reduction, service improvement, process improvement, operations time around improvement, or even achieving basic organizational strategies. 

The BA is the liaison between the business/ customers and the technology team. The BA does not work in a silo, but typically, they work with the project team or any other team within the technology and business units and the scrum team in an agile environment. 

A Business Analyst will typically collaborate with other business and technology stakeholders to implement any software change or business improvement initiative. The following are the basic functions a Business Analyst may perform typically:

Communication: –  One of the main skills of a BA is communication.  In clarifying what the business needs and requirements are required to achieve a business goal or initiative, the BA will need to be able to ask questions, which is called elicitation. The major means of obtaining relevant information or requirements apart from your own experience is by asking questions and asking questions and asking questions. As long as a BA can ask the right questions, a large percentage of your job has been done

Documentation: – A Business Analyst must be ready to carry out documentation. The role involves documenting business requirements, business processes, and any other related information

Facilitation: Business analysts organize and coordinate different kinds of meetings, such as requirements gathering meetings, defect resolution meetings, and review meetings where relevant stakeholders are invited to agree on common decisions

Follow-Up: One other activity that a Business Analyst performs is to follow up with relevant stakeholders to ensure that they are delivering their responsibilities in line with the business needs, employee data, or transaction data to come up with useful information, expectations, or requirements

Data Analysis: – A Business analyst may need to analyze data related to a particular initiative, software, or organization. This might be sales data or transaction data etc. and usually, such analysis intends to provide useful information and feedback 

Usage Basic Tools: – A Business Analyst may be required to use basic tools to perform some of their functions.