BUSINESS ANALYSIS
 vs.
BUSINESS ARCHITECTURE

 
Business Analysis dives into the "known" targets for improvement

Business Analysis dives into the "known" targets for improvement

Business analysis

If you understand how your business groups need to adjust, then you need one of several types of “Analyst” roles. Analytics start with a base understanding of how the business needs to improve with analysis meant to support that improvement.  A few analyst examples are below:

  • Business analyst
  • Financial analyst
  • Lean six-sigma analyst
  • Change management analyst
  • Supply-Chain analyst

In general, if you understand how your business needs to change to best utilize a new technology, tool, acquisition, regulation, competitive product introduction, or other business challenge or opportunity, then you need an analyst.  

Business Architecture finds more opportunities for success

Business Architecture finds more opportunities for success

business architecture

If you do not understand how your business needs to change, then you need a business architect.  This most often manifests itself in business as transformation initiatives that may resemble situations such as one of the following:

  • Consolidation of departments as a result of;
    • Mergers with outside companies,
    • Purchase of products or services lines,
    • Downsizing and consolidating responsibilities.
  • Drastic shift in regulatory or competitive landscape
  • Introduction of disruptive technology  

In general, if you are unsure of how your business needs to change in order to best utilize a new technology, tool, acquisition, regulation, competitive product introduction, or other business challenge or opportunity, then you need a business architect.