Business analyst career options are being redefined in the face of continuous change and technology disruption.
Knowledge intensive IT careers, once considered to be at the forefront of information technology developments are being progressively impacted by the new world of IT, shifting customer expectations and business change. How this influences the business analyst career options has serious implications for the profession as well as organisations that rely on their capabilities and skills.
Question is – How will the IT professions – in particular, the business analyst career – be redefined in the new Digital era?
The fact that business and societal change is being fueled by innovative, emerging and disruptive information technologies is well known. At the coal-face, individuals careers are being reshaped by the shifting demands of economies, globalisation, technology and customer needs.
Its impacts being felt in almost every facet of life. However, the forces driving the evolution and adoption of such technologies are complex, diverse and not always well understood. In addition, the rate of change is accelerating.
What forces are acting on the business analyst career in the new world of IT?
In this engaging and thought provoking presentation, Rob explored the following key elements:
- The challenges facing business leaders in coming to grips with ‘digital disruption’
- The changing role of the IT department, including the emergence of new disciplines such as data science
- Some of the risks and opportunities facing today’s BAs, and
- Offering some practical guidelines to build future career resilience.
Some practical guidelines to build future career resilience
- Don’t think of yourself as an employee: Your career is your business
- Taking control over your career is a prerequisite in the evolution towards your own individual career empowerment.
- Recognise that:
- Being an excellent employee does not automatically result in you having a resilient career.
- While your current employer may dictate the terms of your employment, you should be the one in charge of your career.
- If you are employed as an expert in a specific domain of knowledge, how can you increase your effectiveness in bridging the divide between your expertise and those that don’t see it as intrinsically valuable?
- Ask yourself: “If this was my business, what would I do with my job to make it better, cheaper, faster and more effective?”
- Validate the fundamental assumptions you have made about your job, employer or career (If you’ve made any, that is!)
The presentation is also located on Slideshare here
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