Dec 05, 2016

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What is business systems analysis? | FAQs

The demand for skilled business systems analysts is greater than ever before, but what does it mean to be a BSA? Brent Combrink, Head Tutor on the University of Cape Town Business Systems Analysis online short course, takes you through the fundamentals of being a BSA.

Simply put, business systems analysis is the analysis of business systems. But in order to be considered a successful systems analyst you need to understand how complex the role is and how it affects the Systems Development Life Cycle (SDLC) which in turn has an impact on the success of the organisation. A BSA will work with a combination of people and processes to help ensure that everything works together to achieve the overarching business objectives. They will not only be responsible for BSA analysis but also for the design of the right requirements. The business analyst will see to the successful creation and implementation of the SDLC, working towards an optimised and automated business process.

If you’re interested in filling the gap for skilled business analysts, find out more about this UCT Business Systems Analysis online short course.


Business systems analysis is quite simply, the analysis of business systems. But what does that really mean? Usually, a BSA’s work focuses on the mechanisation and automatisation of business processes. A BSA works with business processes, tools, people, culture and has a focus on a business’s strategy. But it’s more than that, it’s not just about the analysis of all of those things, it’s also about the specification of the requirements of the business that are then translated into systems requirements and improvements in business processes. The job can be done by, usually, a business systems analyst, but also any other role where parts of those functions are done by a project manager or a business line manager, or a subject matter expert in that field.