Role of a Business Analyst in Outsourced Software Product Development by Daryna Volynets

Being a business analyst on an outsourced software product development project is a challenge, but it’s also a fantastic opportunity. So says Daryna Volynets, our expert BA, who faces this challenge every day and loves it. Daryna says that a BA is a person who has to be proficient in a great number of IT and business-related subjects.

Daryna herself has been a business analyst for nearly four years. However, before choosing this profession, she got a well-rounded IT business experience. She’s worked as a PHP developer, PM, HTML coder, HR professional, and even has experience as an SEO specialist.

However, once Daryna discovered business analytics, she fell in love. Now she considers herself to be an ambassador for BA as a profession. She is also a mentor for Devtorium BA trainees and juniors. Therefore, she has a lot of experience explaining what it takes to build a successful career as a business analyst.

Today she is going to share her experience through the article below.

Daryna also made a fantastic presentation about this topic as well as our BA Internship Program during the Devtorium IT Crowd event in Vinnytsia. We are looking forward to learning more from her!

What Business Analyst Does for Outsourced Software Product Development

A BA is a bridge between customers and developers in the IT industry. It means that this person must have expertise in both the information technology and business administration spheres. Moreover, a business analyst must also be proficient in communication. It’s because you will need to liaise between these two sides and reason with both of them.

The goals of a BA are analyzing the company’s needs and the market situation. Then, you use this data to develop strategies to improve business outcomes.

The tasks of an IT business analyst will vary depending on the project. However, generally, they follow the same cycle:

What a business analyst does in outsourced software product development projects.

  1. Initiation phase.
    At this stage, the BA conducts analysis and develops an initial work plan.
  2. Planning phase.
    Next, the BA analyzes the problem and defines the project’s boundaries.
  3. Execution, monitoring & control phase.
    This is the stage where the plan is put into action. The business analyst will monitor every step and control the execution where necessary.
  4. Closure phase.
    Finally, there comes the closure, during which the BA will summarize results and derive insights they can learn from. You will also follow up with the client.

Although these cycle stages are clearly defined, a BA must be fluid and flexible. It’s because new problems or data may emerge, and the entire plan will need to be corrected mid-process. The business analyst must always remain alert for any news and discoveries that might affect the project or market. Therefore, the BA has to monitor the entire process of outsourced software product development.

Requirements Life Cycle Management, or Daily Life of a Business Analyst

Business analysts are people directly involved in managing the life cycle of requirements. It’s a process during which the BA can manage and maintain business requirements and determine all necessary activities. Therefore, it’s a crucial component of the outsourced software product development process.

You can get some idea of how it goes through this scheme:

Requirements life cycle management by a Business Analyst for outsourced software product development projects.

The length and complexity of the approval and some other processes can differ from project to project. However, usually the steps you need to ensure all requirements are identified, analyzed, and added to the project properly include:

  • Identifying the stakeholders
  • Gathering all necessary business requirements
  • Analyzing the requirements
  • Identifying necessary documents
  • Obtaining relevant approvals
  • Communicating with stakeholders regarding the approved requirements
  • Tracking the progress of requirements throughout the entire project
  • Identifying and managing any necessary changes to the original requirements
  • Tracing business requirements progress and reporting on their status

The business requirements gathering process can vary depending on the business’ needs. However, the tools used during it remain the same. These tools and techniques include focus groups research and interviews, documentation analysis, surveys, observations, and brainstorming.

Business requirements tracing is a critical factor in the project’s success. First of all, traceability ensures that each requirement is relevant and contributes to the project’s development. In addition, it tracks the relationships between requirements and their relationships with business needs and project deliverables. A business analyst will trace the requirements, which means they need to have a clear understanding of the business’ needs, direction, mission, and goals.

Business analysts rely on the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge (BABOK) developed by the International Institute of Business Analysts for guidance through these processes.

What You Need to Grow From a Junior to Senior Business Analyst

Like in any other profession, your growth from a junior business analyst to senior happens by gaining experience and developing your skills. Admittedly, a BA is a professional who needs expertise in a significant number of subjects. However, this job is rewarding in every way. From the salary point of view, business analysts are highly in demand and can expect to get a decent salary from the beginning. Moreover, the job outlook is great as it’s forecasted that the number of BA jobs will grow by 11% over the next decade. It means that it’s going to be one of the most in-demand jobs for the outsourced software product development industry.

In order to become a successful senior business analyst, you’ll need to gain knowledge in many areas, including:

  • Software development methodologies
  • Unified Modeling Language (UML)
  • Modeling concepts
  • Requirements types and management
  • Research and development activities
  • Document preparation
  • Project management life cycle
  • Product development life cycle
  • PMO activities
  • Software testing
  • Global business analysis

As a business analyst, you will use a great number of techniques and tools in your work. The most prominent of them include but aren’t limited to:

  • Acceptance and evaluation criteria
  • Backlog management
  • Benchmark and market analysis
  • Brainstorming
  • Business capability and rules analyses
  • Collaborative games
  • Concept modeling
  • Decision modeling and analysis
  • Data mining and modeling
  • Financial analysis
  • Estimation
  • Functional decomposition
  • Mind mapping
  • Metrics and KPIs
  • Observation
  • Organizational modeling
  • Prioritization
  • Process analysis and modeling
  • Prototyping
  • SWOT analysis
  • Risks analysis and management
  • Roles and permissions matrix
  • Scope modeling
  • Use cases and scenarios
  • Vendor assessment

To put it in a different way, a business analyst’s competency model looks like this:

Duties and competences of a business analyst in an outsourced software product development company.

So, Can Outsourced Software Product Development Projects Succeed Without a Business Analyst?

Frankly, business analytics consulting services are crucial for the success of any IT project. So, a successful outsourced software product development company should have its own team of talented business analysts.

It’s also important to remember that business analysts work not only within the software development outsourcing industry. These professionals can use their expertise to analyse markets and businesses and offer insights that can be used when:

  • Opening and staffing new departments
  • Restructuring existing companies
  • Resolving any business issues from logistics to cost reduction
  • Performance quality improvements

Business analysis is everywhere, the only question is who has the foresight to do it. Essentially, a BA is a person who must be proactive in order to identify issues problems and find solutions before the problem arises.

Our expert Daryna also notes that to be a good BA in the IT sphere, you need to enjoy communicating with people as much as you love technology. This job requires a lot of communicating and you should be highly efficient in it.

Being a business analyst is very rewarding. It’s not only because you are a crucial part of the team’s success. This work will throw tests at you every day. Moreover, you get to be the person who finds the solution and guides the entire project to success. If this is the kind of work you want to do, become a part of our team!

Your Helpers on the Way of the Business Analyst

As an expert BA herself, Daryna made a list of materials that can help beginners in this profession:

For more posts based on presentations from the Devtorium IT Crowd event see:

Artificial Intelligence Software Development: First Exposure to Computer Vision

Oleksii Makarov is one of the leading experts on artificial intelligence software development at Devtorium. During our recent IT Crowd event in Vinnytsia, Oleksii made a short presentation about computer vision. This technology is undoubtedly exciting and already has a huge impact on the world. Today, Oleksii will tell us more about what it is and how computers learning to ‘see’ affects our everyday lives. With his 21 years of experience and a passion for math, Oleksii can make this complicated subject easy to understand.

What Is Computer Vision for Artificial Intelligence Software Development?

In the simplest way possible, computer vision is a set of technologies that aims to make computers process images in a manner similar to human vision. However, the math behind the process is a lot more complicated.

One thing you need to know first is that computer vision technology already exists. It’s used in a variety of ways, including SaaS development. In fact, each of us has been exposed to it multiple times. However, you likely don’t even realize how often you come in touch with this AI-based software development product.

Also, it’s crucial to note that computer vision was somewhat limited until the recent jump in artificial intelligence software development. Due to advancements in deep learning and neural networks, this technology can now surpass human vision in some capacities. But, this particular level of computer vision is only about a decade old.

In ten short years, this technology achieved outstanding results in many areas. It means that we can expect more global transformations powered by AI-driven software development.

Of course, tech plays a significant part in this leap. However, the main driver behind the growth of computer vision and artificial intelligence software development is data.

As a society, we generate tons and tons of data. And AI learns by processing these massive databases. Just image-wise, there are over three billion pictures shared online in a single day. Every day. So, AI and computer vision have an opportunity to become better at an unprecedented rate.

Already this technology is capable of processing images at extreme speeds and identifying objects with 99% accuracy. The results of these processes are used everywhere, from crime investigation to marketing and self-driving cars.

AI-Based Software Development: Deep & Machine Learning Technologies

One of the leading technologies used in computer vision is machine learning. To be exact, this type of tech uses its subset called deep learning. Deep learning methodology learns through neural networks, enabling it to improve with every progressive deeper layer of data.

This machine learning method is currently used in computer vision and other vital areas of artificial intelligence software development. The industries where it makes the most significant impact include:

For computer vision, deep learning algorithms enable machines to understand the context of visual data they process. That’s how computers eventually learn to tell one image from another and identify similarities or differences. Computer processing can be much more powerful and faster than the human brain. Therefore, applying computer vision in various real-life situations makes it possible for machines to identify minor discrepancies in images. So, they can alert humans of any potentially dangerous inconsistencies.

AI-based software development powered by deep learning algorithms makes it possible to have machines ‘look’. However, they do not perceive images the way we do. Instead, they break down a single image into layers of pixels. That’s where convolution neural networks come into play.

convolution and deconvolution networks in computer vision and artificial intelligence software development

Convolution and Deconvolution Networks in Computer Vision AI-Driven Software Development

“Alert! This might sound convoluted, but it’s actually not so bad”. It’s what Oleksii says when he starts explaining the neural networks technology used in computer vision. In order to make computers see, artificial intelligence software development engineers use convolution networks. Simply put, this is a process of machine breaking down the image into layers and layers of pixels. Each following layer is simpler and therefore less understandable for humans. But to a machine, they are the true ‘objects’ its ‘vision’ can process.

The machine will run predictions based on what it’s seeing and eventually trigger a deconvolution process. Basically, it’s the opposite of convolution. And predictive data analysis powered by Ai is a popular technology today.

We see the results of these complicated mathematical processes within AI-powered systems of computer vision through the actions of machines. You can find the easiest to understand example in self-driving cars. First, the machine recognizes the shapes of all objects within its ‘field of vision’. Then, it runs multiple iterations of predictions. And the car uses the data to drive and safely avoid obstacles.

Artificial intelligence software development computer vision tasks: classification and segmentation.

Artificial Intelligence Software Development: Computer Vision Tasks

When you get down to the heart of it, computer vision is all about pattern recognition. Essentially, it performs two main tasks: classification and segmentation. Machines learn to identify objects and segment images into multiple views to make predictions.

Processes involved in computer vision analysis include, but aren’t limited to:

  • Object classification: understanding the category of an object.
  • Object identification: Understanding the exact type of an object.
  • Object detection: determining where the object is located within the image.
  • Object verification: verifying whether the object is present in the image.
  • Object segmentation: breaking down the object image into layers of pixels.
  • Object recognition: identifying objects in the image and their locations.

How Computer Vision Technology in Artificial Intelligence Software Development Will Change the World

Unsurprisingly, Oleksii gets many questions about the applications of computer vision and the impact of this tech on the world. According to him, the scope of it is nearly impossible to define because this technology has tremendous potential.

Oleksii believes that the main areas of computer vision, as well as AI-based software development implementation, will be:

  • Autopilot technologies, which will revolutionize the transportation sector as a whole. This won’t stop at self-driving cars as piloting other modes of transport can be automated. Moreover, machine pilots can be more efficient and reduce the risk of accidents.
  • Healthcare research is another area where the capabilities of artificial intelligence software development are tremendous. Already some companies use AI to predict the human body’s reactions and develop medications based on this data. For example, DeepMind is one of the leaders in this innovative industry.

To those worried that machines will take away human jobs, Oleksii recommends to stay calm. Of course, automation will make some professions redundant. However, many other new jobs will appear in response to global and technological changes.

To those interested in learning more about computer vision and artificial intelligence development software, Oleksii suggests the following resources:

  • TowardsDataScience: great portal with news about the latest AI tech developments.
  • 3Blue1Brown: a YouTube channel where high-level maths is explained in simple and easy-to-understand terms.
  • Jeff Heaton: a YouTube channel by a Ph.D. VP, Data Science at RGA, Adjunct at Washington University, St. Louis, who explains neural networks and other technologies in a simple way.

If you want to talk to Oleksii regarding artificial intelligence software development or engage our services to create an AI of your own, contact us!

Dream of Creating Custom Software Development Solutions? Join Us at Devtorium IT Crowd in Vinnytsia!

If your goal is to create custom software development solutions and become a highly qualified (and highly paid) IT professional, you should join us in Vinnytsia on November 13th. On this day, you can participate in a fantastic IT Crowd event hosted by Devtorium. During it, you’ll be able to learn a lot about the latest trends and technologies in the IT industry and do some valuable networking.

Start your career in IT on the right foot by joining the IT Crowd!

How Devtorium IT Crowd Can Help Future Custom Software Development Solutions Engineers

Devtorium IT Crowd is an event made by developers for future developers and everyone else interested in the IT industry. Bear that in mind because this business is not only about developers. There are dozens of professionals who contribute to the creation of custom software development solutions. And during this event, you’ll be able to meet some of them and, perhaps, find the right career path for you.

Do you have your professional goals well-established already?

The IT Crowd event will still have plenty of value to offer. It’s because during it Devtorium’s foremost professionals will make exciting presentations about the latest technology and industry trends.

And between listening to the speeches, you’ll be able to mingle, meet new cool people, and do some networking, which is always helpful.

Of course, don’t forget tasty snacks and various cool merch.

Lastly, the event is completely free, and everyone can join by registering through this form. It will only take a minute😉

Registration form

Devtorium IT Crowd Speakers: What You’ll Learn About Custom Software Development Solutions & More

Oleksii MakarovOleksii Makarov

Computer Vision: First Exposure

Oleksii Makarov is a Solution Architect and a futurist who strives to be at the edge of technological developments. During his presentation at Devtorium IT Crowd, he will talk about cutting-edge tech, such as neural networks. In particular, you are going to learn about the incredibly complex field, which is computer vision.

At first glance, this technology’s presentation appears simple. Computer vision is using the power of computers to automate and process tasks in a manner similar to how the human visual apparatus processes information.

However, from the technological perspective, it’s anything but simple. In fact, one could argue that computer vision is one of the most complex fields of technological development at the moment. And Oleksii, an expert in this area, will tell you more about exactly what it is and how it works in the real world right now.

Oleksandr Volynets

Oleksandr Volynets

Designing Modern Web Application

Oleksandr is a Solution Architect and an expert in creating web applications. During the IT Crowd event, he is going to share his extensive knowledge of web development. You’ll learn about what it takes to build a web application that stands out and runs smoothly.

Moreover, you’ll learn about the microservices and monolith types of web application architecture. Oleksandr will explain the strong and weak points of each and compare these technologies. By the end of it, you’ll know exactly what web architecture is and how different architectures can be used to create the solution you need.

Andrii Bohatyr

Andrii Bohatyr

Architecting Cloud-Native Applications

Andrii is the Head of Development at Devtorium and he will share insights into the top trending software engineering technology today, which is the cloud. During his speech, he will explain how to create scalable, reliable, and cost-effective applications using cloud-native architecture. Solutions created with this architecture can be applied in a variety of environments. Andrii will tell you how to create applications designed for private and public clouds, as well as hybrid varieties.

Cloud-native applications have their own natural capabilities. Those are essentially what differentiates them from cloud-based applications. They have their own set of best practices that foster numerous benefits. The cloud-native application market has grown by about 40% last year, and it keeps going. Therefore, cloud-native arch9itecture is one of the essential things for a modern developer to know now.

Daryna Volynets

Daryna Volynets

What Is a Business Analyst? Devtorium BA Internship Program

Daryna has been a Business Analyst for three and a half years. During that time, she achieved impressive results. During her presentation, she will explain what a BA does and how their work contributed to the success of custom software development solutions.

Moreover, she will share information about Devtorium’s internship program for Business Analysts. If you are interested in exploring this side of the IT profession, you can join us as a trainee and grow all the way up to a top-notch certified BA expert.

Remember, the world is ruled by data now. And business analysts are extremely valuable for any organization.

Devtorium IT Crowd: Introduction to the World of Custom Software Development Solutions

Technologies are changing and developing rapidly. Being a developer means that you must always stay at the forefront of these changes. Whether you are just planning to join the IT industry or are already working there, Devtorium IT Crowd will indeed have a lot to offer. Join us at the Artinov Creative Space in Vinnytsia on November 13 and see for yourself!


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