I have always been a data fanatic. It started when I was a programmer analyst and learned to love such arcane data structures as ISAM (a relic), VSAM (simple, but efficient), and later DB2 (powerful and flexible). My recent database exposure has been MySQL for websites, but only as a BA.
Business analysis often focuses on making a situation better. The challenge that I suspect many of us face is that it can be quite difficult to define what ‘better’ actually means, not least because different stakeholders often have very different perspectives. People working on the front-line will have a different set of needs, fears and aspirations compared with the executives who are steering the ship.
Being a Business Analyst (BA) is a lot like being an investigative journalist.