Today more than ever the world is moving towards project-based work. The jobs of business analysts and solution builders are intermingled with project environments and management of projects.
Business analysis is a discipline in the development of strategies and policies, evaluating the need of organizational change and process improvement. Business Analysis also includes identifying Business Needs and determining solutions to problems. Selected solution for a business change includes a systems development component where detailed data analysis is performed. The person who carries out this detailed investigation and analysis is called a business analyst or BA.
Business analysis is a topic of growing importance in project management. The marketplace reflects this importance, as project management practitioners increasingly embrace business analysis as a technique for uncovering business needs, managing requirements, and creating effective solutions to business problems.
The Project Management Institute (PMI®) has recently answered the growing importance of business analysis in project management with a new credential—the PMI Professional in Business Analysis (PMI-PBA)
With the PMI-PBA, a business analysis (BA) certification, the Project Management Institute (PMI) has formalized the importance of BA work in the project management world.
They built the PMI-PBA certification around specific knowledge areas, skills and published materials that describe the value of BA to projects, and built the new PBA certification around them.