Definition of Business Analysis

Definition Last Updated 17-Dec-2015 12:51

Business Analysis is the art and discipline of framing questions and answering them for the benefit of the business, or…

Business Analysis is the art and discipline of asking and answering the questions

  • who, what, when, where, why, how much and how1And/or whither, whence, to whom, which, etc. which are no doubt also of vital importance under appropriate circumstances; the indefiniteness of the number of interrogatives only serves to emphasise how artificially limited traditional Enterprise Architecture model “views” may be.,

things

  • should (not) have been, could (not) have been, were (not), are (not), could (not) be and should (not) be2Obviously should (not) be etc. also encompass the permissive/prohibitive may (not) be, etc. Exhaustive enumeration is exhausting. 

for the benefit of the business.

Other Definitions

International Institute of Business Analysis

the practice of enabling change in an organizational context, by defining needs and recommending solutions that deliver value to stakeholders.3Defined by International Institute of Business Analysis retrieved 09/04/2013. 

Wikipedia

[the] discipline of identifying business needs and determining solutions to business problems. Solutions often include a systems development component, but may also consist of process improvement, organizational change or strategic planning and policy development.4See Business Analysis retrieved 09/04/2013. 

Scope

Business Analysis is a defined term of Business Analysis.

Notes   [ + ]

1.And/or whither, whence, to whom, which, etc. which are no doubt also of vital importance under appropriate circumstances; the indefiniteness of the number of interrogatives only serves to emphasise how artificially limited traditional Enterprise Architecture model “views” may be.
2.Obviously should (not) be etc. also encompass the permissive/prohibitive may (not) be, etc. Exhaustive enumeration is exhausting.
3.Defined by International Institute of Business Analysis retrieved 09/04/2013.
4.See Business Analysis retrieved 09/04/2013.

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