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  TRUST IN CONFLICT - THE HEALTHY WAY TO PICK A FIGHT!     Perched on top of the Royal Liver Building in Liverpool, the city I grew up in, is a very special couple; married for over 100 years and standing 18ft tall the legendary Liver Birds, Bella and Bertie have unflinchingly protected the city and her people since 1911. Bel...
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This entry was published on Jun 26, 2018 / Pjbussol. Posted in Roles and Responsibilities. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
Let me start by saying that a business rule is far more granular than a business decision, and that the two should never be confused. Today, it is an unfortunate fact that some vendors would have potential clients believe that there is synergy between business rules and business decisions. Perhaps this is because in an effort to differentiate one b...
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This entry was published on Jun 14, 2018 / Arash. Posted in Business Rules. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
Traceability is one of the lesser understood aspects of business analysis. It is indeed quite hard to maintain good traceability unless automated. This is why BABoK® warns us being theoretical about traceability. In this article, I would like to explain traceability concepts with help of an example. BABoK® definition of traceability: ...
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This entry was published on Apr 04, 2018 / LN Mishra, CBAP. Posted in Business Analysis. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
Most IT jobs have a clear, specific job description and career path. However, the business analyst career path tends to vary, as do the descriptions from job to job. The business analyst career path is best. Because, “There are career tracks that zigzag back and forth between IT and business. Someone might start as a business analyst, and the...
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This entry was published on Mar 21, 2018 / Hitendra 01. Posted in Career as a Business Systems Analyst. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
What is Data Analytics? To understand the meaning of Predictive Analytics, let’s describe what Data is first. Data is a collection of facts, information, and observations related to a context. The data can be either structured or unstructured, stored in databases, spreadsheets, files, etc. Data analytics is the science of examining the data ...
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This entry was published on Mar 13, 2018 / Arash. Posted in Data Analysis & Modeling. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
There are many definition of business rules and the one that I really like is that business rules are: Criterion used to: Guide conduct or actions. Shape judgments of behavior. Make decisions. Ronald Ross   Having this definition in mind, let’s see what challenges a traditional rules management system w...
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This entry was published on Mar 13, 2018 / Arash. Posted in Business Rules. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
Patient diagnosis using Predictive Analytics In previous post we discussed different levels of Analytics, here we show a practical example of Predictive Analytics. What if Doctors and Patients could not just get a second opinion, but a third and fourth, and fifth, and so on? We believe that our doctors are all medical experts but patient diag...
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This entry was published on Mar 12, 2018 / Goli Tajadod. Posted in Data Analysis & Modeling. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
One of my favourite questions to ask candidates when I was in the executive recruitment game was “In your experience what makes a successful (insert name of role I was recruiting for)”. It was a great catch-all question as the answers provided gave a very good indication of where the candidate sat on the professional continuum for the ...
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This entry was published on Mar 01, 2018 / EA Learning. Posted in Business Process Management (BPM) . Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
Disaster recovery entails processes that ensure the swift re-establishment of an enterprise’s important data, IT systems, and applications in the event of an unexpected outage caused by either a man-made or natural disaster. The importance of disaster recovery is clear when assessing the costs to enterprises of system outages—accord...
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This entry was published on Feb 14, 2018 / Limor Wainstein. Posted in Roles and Responsibilities. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
Around this time 12 months ago Gartner predicted that half of EA Business Architecture initiatives in 2018 would focus on defining and enabling Digital Platform Strategies. While there hasn’t been follow up research to prove whether this prediction has come true, anecdotal evidence would suggest that the real situation is pretty close. In th...
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This entry was published on Feb 13, 2018 / EA Learning. Posted in Business Analysis. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
Business development broadly refers to activities that create long-term value for an organization by implementing growth opportunities for an organization, such as forming a partnership that helps sell a product in a new market. Sales development, while closely related to business development, is a separate area that entails creating value for ...
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This entry was published on Jan 29, 2018 / Limor Wainstein. Posted in Roles and Responsibilities. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
On a recent Agile training course, the instructor opened the session by saying “Agile without a plan is just chaos!” I would like to propose that Agile without effective Architecture will eventually lead to chaos, particularly if organisations try to scale their Agile practices without some form of guiding framework. The fundamental r...
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Business analysts typically gather and interpret data from many areas within an organization, finding solutions to business problems and improving business processes with all that data. A business analyst may measure and improve on such disparate things as warehouse efficiency and cloud software implementation. A marketing analyst, on the other...
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This entry was published on Jan 07, 2018 / Limor Wainstein. Posted in Business Analysis Planning (BABOK KA). Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
My current, favourite question for Executives and Architects is “How do you see Architecture operating in an Agile environment.” This question usually elicits a wry smile and a response along the lines of “I will need to get back to you on that!” Many people are wondering how Architecture will fair in the world of Agile. My ...
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This entry was published on Jan 04, 2018 / EA Learning. Posted in Leadership & Management. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
The age of cloud computing is now so firmly established that research firm Gartner predicted by 2020, a corporate "no-cloud" policy will be as rare as a "no-internet" policy is today. In the same press release, Gartner went on to predict that spending on compute power sold by cloud providers will exceed that of compute power sold and deployed into ...
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This entry was published on Dec 25, 2017 / Limor Wainstein. Posted in Business Analysis. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
The title of this article poses a pertinent question for modern enterprises that increasingly make use of powerful high-end analytic data engines, such as Hadoop clusters and cloud-based data warehouses (see this article by Forbes, which deals with similar questions). The challenge for enterprises that use analytic engines is one of data movement...
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This entry was published on Nov 29, 2017 / Limor Wainstein. Posted in Technical Topics. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
I recently walked into a large shopping centre on a mission to buy a christening present for a friends son. I was very clear on what I wanted I just needed to find it… I was on my lunch break so I need to get the job done as I had a meeting that I needed to attend back in the office straight after lunch! I am not a frequent shopper and to b...
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This entry was published on Oct 31, 2017 / EA Learning. Posted in Business Process Management (BPM) . Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
Have you woken up in the middle of night thinking how am I going to steer my team, give them the direction that they need but at the same time not constraint in what they want to build/deliver. I recently went through one of these night- I have joined an interesting project where we have very tight timescale to deliver a tech product to operational...
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This entry was published on Oct 26, 2017 / Rohela Raouf. Posted in Enterprise Analysis (BABOK KA). Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
If you are building a reusable Security Product tool to specifically address Security Technical Implementation Guide (STIG)  Findings, should the requirements be considered Non Functional Requirements or Functional Requirements? For example if there are a number of STIGs such as: The minimum password length shall be 15 characters ...
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This entry was published on Aug 22, 2017 / Peter. Posted in Functional Specifications, Business Analysis. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
It’s 4:30 pm on Friday and Mr. Manager comes along to tell you that he needs you to run some important ad-hoc analysis for him. Previously this meant having to stay late at the office, writing cumbersome queries to extract business information from transactional data. Lucky for you, you’ve recently started using Temporal Tables in SQL...
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This entry was published on Jul 11, 2017 / Bert Wagner. Posted in Data Analysis & Modeling. Bookmark the Permalink or E-mail it to a friend.
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