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Difference between the Business Analyst & System Analyst

August 5, 2009
Before discussing the difference between the Business Analyst and System Analyst we must know one think that in many organization the analysts who perform both roles in the title of “Business System Analyst”. Now i here differentiate that tow roles.
Role and Responsibilities:
BA: This role is to understand the business process (how the business works), to identify which areas to be improved (find problem areas) and to work with the business stakeholders to find exact solution. If the solution includes the development or modification means then this role is also act as gather, analyze and document the business requirement which must be fulfilled by the software.
SA: This role is to understand the business requirements (already documented by the business analyst) and to design the functional and technical implementation of the software system. This role also helps solve problems and issues with existing systems through research of these systems, code reviews, and data analysis etc..
Skills and competencies:
BA: Great communication and negotiation skills, vertical business/domain knowledge, ability to map and document business processes, requirements elicitation and documentation.
SA: Strong technical skills, excellent troubleshooting and debugging abilities, solid technical writing skills, system modeling/documentation skills (class diagrams, sequence diagrams, etc.), data analysis and modeling skills.
Summary
BA: Talks the business talk; understands the business.
SA: Talks the IT talk; understands the technology.
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