Once an in-class only program, Sheridan’s BA certificate is now available online.
“Having the option to complete their coursework online or attend evening and weekend classes eliminates the cost of taking time off work to advance their careers,” says Jonathan Nituch, program coordinator for Sheridan’s business analysis certificate.
Canada’s Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC) predicts that the number of business analysts employed in Canada will increase to 171,000 by 2016 from 150,000 in 2011.
Bridging Functional Areas to Create Solutions
“What once fell into project management or programming is now becoming recognized as its own distinct field,” Nituch says. “BAs help companies to understand and define problems and act as the integrators that bridge different functional areas to help solve them. They blend communication and inter-personal skills as well as technical expertise, business knowledge and corporate strategy to find solutions to issues that might impede an organization’s success.”
More than Technology
Beyond the technology side of the equation, BAs are highly valued for their ability to ask the right kinds of questions so that they can correctly identify the business problem at hand and create an effective solution.
A Job for any Field
Sheridan’s program is designed for business analysts, project managers, operations managers, systems analysts, quality assurance analysts, marketing professionals, and anyone whose role is about defining, analyzing or solving business problems.
While many BAs work in the financial services industry, their boundary-spanning capabilities make their work relevant to practically any complex field, such as healthcare, policing, or retail.
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