Ensure Business Analyst Competency with These Eight Points

Kim Mays

Who does the business analysis in your company? Although the titles of the people performing these duties can vary, their defined competencies shouldn’t. ESI International introduces its Business Analyst Competency Model in the IT Download titled “Eight Things Your Business Analysts Need to Know.” It provides a clear, concise list of skills for analysts along with detailed information about why projects fail, a definition of the ideal role of an analyst, and tips for further developing the role of business analysts in your organization.

Some of the competencies identified in the download include:

  • Object-oriented analysis
  • End-user support
  • IT fluency
  • Business process re-engineering

According to ESI International, analysts who hope to master object-oriented analysis need to first be proficient in structured analysis. For the business, the object model is merely an abstract embodiment of the processes and data needs of a system. To perform object-oriented analysis, the systems are broken down into smaller units referenced as “objects.”

“Object-oriented analysis requires a clear understanding of both the process and data modeling techniques, including functional decomposition.”

The download also includes tables that break down each competency into levels (senior, intermediate and junior) of mastery and then further explains the knowledge, skills, and abilities at which each level should be able to perform.


This download is a valuable tool for any organization that requires business analysis. Whether you need to create a new position for an analyst, verify the responsibilities of your current analysts or are just unsure of exactly what is required of a competent business analyst, it provides an instructional view into this complex business role and gives you the building blocks to ensure that your analysts have what they need to do their jobs right.

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