Monday, November 19, 2012

Business Analyst Task NOV192012

Getting on Board!
It’s getting curious day-to-day binding with the title as a Business Analyst. You know that how the possibilities are for a BA and either the limitations, it’s definite task of a BA to decide upon the boundaries of the software that can actually be delivered to customers besides their requirements. Yes, despite all the various brain storming sessions to the stake holder meetings it’s always the BA who actually has to resonate and pipes the project to existence. It’s a lime light show where actually the essence of a BA is felt. Today was a complete different day at office, as earlier I was discussing upon the naïve BI tool, I am going to take the total ownership and represent the BA role for the upcoming version of the BI tool.
As getting on board I was to finalize the complete documentation along brain storming and conceptualization hand in hand with the architecture board. Software requirements and methodologies are ever changing as ever growing, I was looking over the internet to get the update on the available strategies for software re-engineering, since our naïve BI was on version upgrade. I realized that the Software validation tools, testing tools along the V-Shaped SDLC would be the best suit to proceed with the development and other modules. This is because we had a lot of varieties of bugs in all our previous releases and at the client implementations too. The V model along with retrace ability matrix testing would help us get a full pledged output bringing down the bug history to an extent.
Okay I have downloaded few SRS and FRD’s to jet start the project update you often on the tasks I am hooking with, and good luck to me.

See you guys!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Business Analyst Task BATNOV172012

How would you prefer to do an analysis over the sales people? I had a short of data, not even piled up for over a year period. This was indeed tough for me to get over since forecasting was definitely an indefinite solution for now. I had to google over the net to find the relation or the actual formulae to get a clear shot in-order to proceed ahead with the forecasting. To my luck there were some handfuls depicts to sort the problem out. First and foremost I had to find the sales team and later sales rep, following region, brand and all other stuffs associated to the forecast, after getting all the relevant data that has meet the prerequisite I had to work with the formulae, though sales forecast often relies on the forgoing events rather than present data I on my own worked on few constants depicting the picture of the future and applied it to the Total Sales Amount by .05, .08 and .15 variances. Let’s say if Total Sales Amount for the fiscal year is resulting at $400000 and Net profit of $35000 I am looking at the Total Sales Amount as a predictable event and applying it to my constants
(i)                 Sales forecast @ 0.05 %
=(((400000*0.05)/100)*100) + Total Sales Amount
(ii)               Sales forecast @ 0.08%
=(((400000*0.08)/100)*100) + Total Sales Amount

(iii)             Sales forecast @ 0.15%
=(((400000*0.15)/100)*100) + Total Sales Amount

Over the above case I would consider the constants as a dynamic value which is dependable upon the client to choose their forecasting based on the previous trends. This forecasting is only a blind analysis I tried to perform over the naïve BI tool I was exploring with. There are lot more features that need to be unlocked using the daily day-to-day mathematical and statistical methods to make this BI tool and outstanding one in the market.
Keep you guys updated on the forefront development on the BI I am exploring with. Good bye for now.
Waiting suggestions. Bye 

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Business Analyst Task Code: BATNOV162012

I got an opportunity to explore one of my company’s native products which is a Business Intelligence tool. Since I am already familiar with few of BI tools such as Qlikview, Tibco Spotfire, MS CRM Dashboard, I took this chance to explore the in-depth of the naïve tool that my organization is developing. I have no outstanding or out of curiosity words to describe it but rather it’s another BI which had its own methodology in analyzing the data loaded into it.
I noticed that the tool didn’t have a setup wizard for the first time users and navigation was quiet scattered. Eventually I had no clue to where to begin or get started with the tool. I somehow managed to perform operations since I was there in company now and then absorbing the development team’s activities. Well security was so mannerly placed, scopes for each of the roles were easy to define and mapping users to modules were also done using the simple check box. This gave me the similar thought that this security module had been morphed from the Microsoft Dynamics CRM. Well going forward data management was either not so much complicated but it’s tough for a layman to understand the productivity of the data management.  As of you all know that data management plays a vital role in forming the entire BI reports or dashboard I found the data management module pretty easy or telling it clean it was “fun”.  Moving from there I landed in the cockpit where I need to familiarize all the terminologies for each different modules and some haw managed to build all modules only keeping in assumptions that I would find a wonderful dashboard in the end of all these activities. Absolutely as said I found the dashboard come magnificently, but users still need to analyze or repeatedly need to come back in order to familiarize with the functions.
Data insights are yet another mind crowded functionality of any BI, and yes this naïve BI tool I was working had beautifully drafted me into the core data analysis, it by itself finds the relationship between scattered data and maps it by showing a clean understanding of the data and the aftermath.
Here we go, this is another opportunity I grabbed in-order to horn my BA skills. Beside I also worked into different mathematical and statistical functions.
My review to conclude is that, this tool requires a lot of attention towards the UI, interactivity between the user and the product, Help modules and Wizards to help users understand the outcome of their data.