How business analysts streamline communication

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Companies have become increasingly dependent of technology in recent years. Programs have the ability to streamline a plethora of processes—whether they be records management, file-sharing or cloud computing, today's executives couldn't imagine how their company operated without technology. On the other hand, information technology departments spend all day maintaining these systems and researching programs that could further improve day-to-day tasks.

When it is time to reassess the budget for the next fiscal year, the chief information officer will present his or her case to the board of directors, but before even doing that he or she would consult with the in-house business analyst.

Unlike other professionals in the business sector, business analysts know the importance of using technology to enhance performance and efficiency, yet they know how to trim the fat like a business owner. Companies that have a business analyst are in a more advantageous position to get tasks completed on time and within the budget, according to Business 2 Community.

"[B]eing close to the business users, can be invaluable in helping the rest of the project team understand the changes being raised, the rationale behind them, the impact on the project and in preparing a recommendation for whether this change should be accepted or not," Business 2 Community contributor Elizabeth Harrin wrote on the business analyst's role.

Due to these conflicting opinions about what to do with overhauls like implementing new software or transitioning toward a cloud server, business analysts have become a more valuable asset to an organization. However, this growing demand for business analysts wouldn't have been possible if it wasn't for the fact that technology needed to be updated every three or six months, the Business Analyst Times explained.

There was a time when it seemed like technology was going to be less expensive when it became readily available, but once business owners took maintenance and periodical upgrades into account, the price increased soon after. In the world where data breaches have become the norm, there's no such thing as being too safe, updating systems is no longer considered an option. 

If you are a seasoned programmer or engineer, but have taken additional responsibilities like facilitating User Acceptance Testing sessions or system development lifecycle processes, why not take the challenge of becoming a business analyst? There are Houston business analyst jobs, ones within the oil and gas sector. In fact, one position offers staffers a "wide degree of creativity and latitude to complete your projects."

Inquest Staffing is seeking to fill a number of IT jobs in the Houston area, such as a Sr. Business Analyst. We're here to match candidates with exciting new positions as they develop their careers.

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