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Modern Analyst e-Journal: June 2010

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IN THIS ISSUE
Featured articles showcased in this issue:
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Introduction to Context Diagrams
Are you results-oriented?
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A BRMS is not a BDMS: 10 Ways in Which...
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What is Enterprise Analysis...?


Also in this issue:
> Webinar: Stress-free SQL Queries for the Analyst
> Conference: Business Analysis Conference Europe
> Conference: Business Analysis Forum - IIBA Conf
> Conference: World Congress for Business Analysts

> More Business Analyst Humor
Even more Resources for Business Analysts
New Interview Questions


FEATURED ARTICLES
Introduction to Context Diagrams
by Morgan Masters, Staff Writer at ModernAnalyst.com
Context diagrams are instrumental in unearthing unknown requirements during the discovery phase, both by forcing an analyst to think through the context (thus the moniker context diagram) of a project methodically and by enabling stakeholders to do so as well... A context diagram is a graphic design that clarifies the interfaces and boundaries of the project or process at hand. 
Read more... 

ESI International - Business Analysis Certificate

Are you results-oriented?
by Laura Brandenburg, Bridging the Gap  
There are many qualities that contribute to great business analysis. You have to be a good communicator and be able to analyze problems. It generally helps to have some solid background in the common techniques of business analysis. For some jobs you need domain knowledge, for others technical expertise. All of these are debated and discussed often in BA circles across the web. One of the attributes I don’t hear people talk about quite as much is being results-oriented.
Read more...

iRise Software for the Business Analyst - Using Visualization to Get Requirements Right

A BRMS is not a BDMS:  10 Ways in Which...
by Barbara von Halle and Larry Goldberg of KPI, LLC
There is a great deal of confusion about the role of the Business Rule Management System (BRMS). Given the prominent role of the words “business” and “management”, one would be forgiven for believing that a tool thus named would manage the business aspects of the rules of the business. But to the contrary, across the entire class of these tools there is little business management of business rules possible.
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What is Enterprise Analysis: does it differ from Enterprise Architecture?
by Serge Thorn, CIO of Architecting the Enterprise 
Enterprise Analysis is a knowledge area which describes the Business analysis activities that take place for an enterprise to identify business opportunities, build a Business Architecture, determine the optimum project investment path for that enterprise and finally, implement new business and technical solutions. The question you may ask: Does this really differs from Enterprise Architecture, and if so, how?
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UPCOMING WEBINARS
Stress-free SQL Queries for the Analyst
Thursday, June 17, 2010 10:00 AM Pacific  Register Now!

EVENTS
Business Analysis Conference Europe (IIBA UK)
September 27-29, 2010 - London, UK -  More Details

Business Analysis Forum: The Official IIBA Conference
October 17-21, 2010 - Washington, DC -  More Details

World Congress for Business Analysts 
November 8-10, 2010 - Orlando, FL -  More Details

ANALYST DIARY
The Shock Absorber: Salman Saleem
Title: Functional Specialist
What is one piece of advice that you would like to pass on to junior Business Analysts?
Anyone and everyone can be your teacher. Be open, passionate and willing to learn at all times. Never hesitate to share your knowledge with others, it will increase your knowledge more than you could ever imagine.
Read more...

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Informative Posts/Resources
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Relevant Interview Questions
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Featured JOBs for Business Analysts
Sr. Business Analyst for an Insurance related organization
> Internal Business Analyst to perform business analyses and studies to support strategic management
> Business Systems Analyst on technical projects acting liaison between the business and systems groups

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