An IT business analyst evaluates how a company can use its technology to improve production or workflow. That may mean coming up with alternative software applications or overhauling an entire system. Demand for these skills has skyrocketed, particularly now that every company is looking for ways to cut costs while still maintaining productivity.
2001-2011 10th Anniversary – RQ’s History at a Glance
2001 – July 17 REM Consulting, Inc. is incorporated in Illinois, USA, by Roxanne Miller.
2002 REM Consulting becomes a member of the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce, making Madison, Wisconsin its official headquarters.
2003 REM Consulting, Inc. is renamed to Requirements Quest, Inc. (“RQ”).
2004 The Requirements Quest “hand” logo design and company branding, bringing your business into focus®, are trademarked.
2005 Requirements Quest’s logo is featured in Lands’ End’s Business Outfitters “Logo Showcase IV” catalog (July).
2006 RQ supports the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA®) as a Gold International Sponsor, and leads the industry as a Chartered Endorsed Education Provider. RQ is founder of the IIBA® Greater Madison Chapter, Wisconsin.
2007 Roxanne Miller (May) and Bruce Opsal (November) earn the IIBA® Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP®)
2008 RQ receives certification as a Women’s Business Enterprise.
2009 RQ proudly presents a “new and improved” website. Roxanne Miller releases her first book, The Quest for
Software Requirements, and its companion, Software Requirements Questions.
2010 Roxanne Miller serves as Planning Committee Chair of the Wisconsin Business Analyst Development Day (WI BADD) conference. RQ is one of only two companies to sponsor all four of the annual events.
2011 RQ celebrates 5 years of speaker participation in BusinessAnalystWorld conferences across the USA, Canada, and this year, Australia!
Thank you for your business! Client referrals are the best way for Requirements Quest to continue its success. We look forward to many more years together.
Article written by Martin Schedlbauer.
Requirements prioritization is the process of managing the relative importance and urgency of different requirements to cope with the limited resources of projects. Adequate prioritization ensures that the most critical requirements are addressed immediately in case time or budgets run out. To read the entire article, visit http://www.projecttimes.com/articles/requirements-prioritization-strategies.html.
SearchSoftwareQuality.com is a web site that can assist you with developing, deploying, and managing quality software. There are experts in the industry available to answer questions. For example, here is a brief article that Roxanne wrote on requirements. http://searchsoftwarequality.techtarget.com/answer/Functional-and-nonfunctional-requirements
America’s best jobs offer great pay, work that’s satisfying, and big growth opportunities. Money and PayScale.com rate the top 100 careers with great pay and growth prospects. MONEY and compensation experts PayScale.com used Bureau of Labor Statistics growth forecasts for 7,000 jobs, and identified industries with the biggest increases in jobs requiring bachelor’s degrees. Ranked them by 2008-18 growth and pay.
IT Business Analyst ranks #26 in the top 100 overall, and ranks #24 for growth potential (20%).
Visit http://money.cnn.com/magazines/moneymag/bestjobs/2010/ for full article.
Three FREE posters from IBM Rational software are available today. Request them while supplies last!
Visit https://www.ibm.com/developerworks/offers/rupposter/ for information about three posters that IBM Rational is offering. Request a copy of the posters while supplies last.
1) RUP: Effective practices for successful software and systems projects. The IBM Rational Unified Process®, or RUP®, provides proven best practices for software and systems delivery, implementation and effective project management.
2) RUP for Model-Driven Systems Development (MDSD). Model-driven systems development leverages the power of modeling to address a set of problems that have plagued systems development, including:
- Overwhelming complexity: Managing complexity by managing levels of abstraction and levels of detail
- Not considering appropriate viewpoints: Multiple views to address multiple concerns
- System does not meet functional, performance and other system concerns: Integration of form and function
- Lack of scalability: Isomorphic composite recursive structures and method to address scalability.
The RUP for Model-Driven Systems Development (MDSD) poster provides a handy reference and overview of the systems development lifecycle.
3) Take Agile development to the next level: Agility@Scale. Larger teams that seek to adopt Agile practices will face unique challenges. Without any structure or forethought, Agile teams can crash and burn. To achieve agility “at scale” teams must be careful to manage increasing application complexity, address gaps in communication to encourage collaboration and automate functional silos to enable an iterative development process.
Everyone knows who the business analysts are in their organization, but not everyone knows what they actually do and what they are responsible for during software implementation projects.
A business analyst (BA) provides a bridge between the business and IT, working with both sides to propose changes to processes and systems to meet the needs of the business.
Business Technology Analysts Become The CIO’s Most Valuable Business Ally.