Results Reveal Need for Business Analysis Training
26 April 2005
ESI International, the leading provider of business analysis and
project management training , and Hewlett-Packard, a global technology
solutions provider, held a live webinar on March 22, 2005, and conducted
a survey examining business analysis functions within participants�
organisations. The survey results were surprising. The webinar,
entitled "Managing Risk Using Business Analysis: Implementing Best
Practices to Reduce Your Project Risk," was designed to help organisations
more effectively manage risk through proven business analysis techniques.
Nearly 1,500 of the 2,000 webinar attendees participated in the
One of the many revelations found in the survey results was the
diversity of the individuals performing business analysis within
participating organizations. When asked who "performs the business
analysis function in your organisation?" less than half of the participants
reported that function falling under the responsibilities of a business
analyst. Furthermore, more than one-fourth of the participants claimed
that a project manager handles this role.
In addition, when asked to identify "the key challenges in translating
user needs into systems specifications for mission-critical projects,"
59% of participants reported poor requirements definition, 17% said
poor scope control and 16% pointed to communication problems.
"These survey results illustrate two issues affecting risk in an
organisation�s business analysis efforts," says John Elsey, President
of ESI. "First, job functions are no longer as defined as they once
were. Now, project managers are often being called upon to perform
business analysis functions. Second, there is a clear need for business
analysis training in today�s marketplace. As many companies have
begun relying heavily on the outsourcing of key business functions,
and as budgets have continued to tighten, business analysis has
become an essential aspect of the project life cycle. Business analysis
training gives professionals the skills and practices to define
project scope, gather and document requirements, communicate those
requirements effectively and, ultimately, verify that those requirements
have been met."
ESI International offers a training program in business analysis
that culminates in a Professional Certificate in Business Analysis
from ESI and their academic partner, The George Washington University.
Those who earn a Professional Certificate in Business Analysis will
also receive the Certified Business Analyst credential awarded by