Organizations have different needs for their day-to-day business operations.  Depending upon the scope of the ongoing projects, each organization should be cognizant of whether it needs one particular role or a team of people to accomplish certain tasks.  To make an informed decision, it is important to understand the job role of each team member who can potentially be responsible for directing and/or executing the project at hand.


Traditionally, it has been the responsibility of the IT Systems Analyst to provide a connection between business requirements and an IT solution.  However, over the last decade, we have seen the role of the Business Analyst (BA) role flourish.  The BA mainly documents and gathers business, organization and/or operational requirements to help identify computer software and hardware solutions.  The BA investigates, analyzes, and communicates skillfully when dealing with clients as well as stakeholders.  Still, many of the specific IT requirements have begun falling under the BA role, making the difference between the two in certain organizations a little nebulous. Nevertheless, both the Systems Analyst and Business Analyst are complementary roles which can provide your organization with the critical support needed for achieving the success of its IT project.

In today’s competitive job market, these two job functions are oftentimes comingled and the only real way to differentiate them is through their job description.  We have outlined some of the major differences between the characteristics of the Systems Analyst and Business Analyst which can be used as a foundation for exploiting their complementarities.

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