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This lesson examines the tools, techniques, and software commonly used in business analysis. Business analysis attempts to identify the requirements of a particular business and solve business-related problems.
Business analysis is the process of identifying the needs of a business and evaluating the solutions that would be most appropriate for solving the specific problems of a business. Some of the solutions that could be introduced are software solutions or changes in organization.
Business analysis aims to provide a holistic overview of a business and the situation that the business is in. Business analysis also aims to establish ways to improve the operations of a company and aid in the development of documents and standards. The following sections further analyze the tools and techniques that are used in business analysis and the software often used in business analysis exercises.
Business Analysis Techniques
Business analysis tools and techniques usually have specific uses and can help a business analyst carry out a number of functions during the business analysis process. The following are descriptions of some of the most common types of tools and techniques.
1. SWOT Analysis
The term SWOT stands for strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. The SWOT analysis tool is commonly used to assess these four components. The SWOT analysis helps the business analyst decide which aspects of the organization and its business environment need to be improved. The SWOT analysis is a simple and straightforward technique.
2. Business Process Modeling
Business process modeling is a tool that's actually a diagram that represents how information flows from one process to another. The most common business process notations are the Business Process Modeling Notation and the Unified Modeling Language. The business process modeling tool is used most commonly during the analysis phase of a project.
3. PESTLE Analysis
This is a business analysis tool that is used to analyze the environment within which a particular organization operates. The term PESTLE stands for political, economic, social, technological, legal, and environmental. When the PESTLE analysis is carried out within an organization, it seeks to understand these six aspects of the environment as much as possible.
This tool of business analysis looks at seven aspects that a new business should consider as it is starting up. These seven aspects include market opportunity, product development, the operations plan, the budget and finances, human resources, return on investment, and safety margins.
5. Business Analysis Software
There are some specialized programs that can be used in business analysis. This section examines some of the valuable business analysis software tools.
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Business process modeling software: This software can be used to create process diagrams, which are useful for examining business processes. Process diagrams enable business analysts to better understand a concept or complex business process.
Mock-up software: This software is used to create graphical representations that can help the business analysis team better visualize various ideas. Examples of these representations could be interactive.
Requirements analysis software: This is software that is very suitable for business analysts because it allows them to develop use cases and use case diagrams. These diagrams are ideal for aiding the business analysts to determine requirements and transform these requirements into a product or solution.
This lesson examines the tools, techniques, and software used in business analysis. Business analysis is the process by which organizations go about identifying the needs of a business and evaluating the solutions that would be most appropriate for solving the specific problems of a business. Some of the tools and techniques that a business analyst can use are:
The SWOT analysis: The SWOT analysis tool enables the business analyst to asses the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats of an organization.
Business process modeling: This is useful for depicting information flows.
The PESTLE analysis: This is a business analysis tool that is used to analyze the environment, with PESTLE standing for political, economic, social, technological, legal, and environmental factors.
HEPTALYSIS: This tool covers seven aspects that can guide a new business as they set up.
Some of the business analysis software that can be used include:
Business process modeling software: For creating and examining information flows, such as process diagrams, which enable business analysts to better understand a concept or complex business process.
Mock-up software: This software is used to create graphical representations.
Requirements analysis software: For determining requirements and transforming them into a product or solution.
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