Business Analyst path


I am planning to pursue a Business Analyst path (most likely work as a contractor)... Need to know some key area's within BA that I can work on... I've got exposure to SDLC (although, non standard) plus I do have exposure to writing BRD and conduction JAD sessions while representing business...

Plus, need to know if ORACLE / SQL Server exposure would be beneficial in future...

Thanks again for your assistance...
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DavidConnect With a Mentor Senior Oracle Database AdministratorCommented:
Titles have become so disconnected from work functions -- please elaborate on what you understand a business analyst to do.  I could safely advise you to work on principles of business process execution language (BPEL), service oriented architecture (SOA), logical data modeling (previously known in my generation as CASE), and Web Services 2.0.
tparvaizAuthor Commented:
My understanding is that Business Analyst

A) Work with Business units to understand gaps (within business process, applications, etc)... Identify areas' of improvements
B) elicitate requirements gathering process
C) document requirements
D) work with technical teams to explain requirements (voice of the business)
E) oversee the development of application or improvement of the process
F) Get involved in the testing
G) training end-users


tparvaizAuthor Commented:
based on your above recommendation (SOA, BPEL, etc) , can you refer me to some of the training or documentation please...
tparvaizAuthor Commented:
tparvaizAuthor Commented:
can you please suggest some links to get my self familiar with your proposed areas (SOA, BPEL, etc)
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