What sort of Business Analyst are you?
Most people are familiar with the traditional business analyst role. According to Wikipedia “A business analyst is someone who analyses an organisation or business domain and documents its business or processes or systems, assessing the business model or its integration with technology.”
Technical business analyst
The technical business analyst on the other hand is the bridge between business and technical teams. Often the technical teams are not familiar with the business language or the business issues to be addressed. The technical business analyst must be able to communicate business issues to the technical teams, in terms they understand and appreciate. Working closely with the business analyst they come up with solutions to business problems and communicate with technical teams on how to implement them. Sometimes this is seen as the system analyst role, but the while the technical business analyst understands the broader context in the business of business changes, a systems analyst will focus on the systems development.
Technical business analysis is quite a complex role. Some companies end up mistakenly looking for business analysis skills when their current issue could best be solved by technical business analysis skills.
The role of technical business analyst can only be appreciated after business analysts has executed its duties of identifying business problems. It is from there that the technical business analyst would take the business requirements developed by the business analyst and develop them into technical artifacts.
A technical business analyst has often come from the IT organisation and built their business skills working within projects. With familiarity and experience in systems analysis, system and enterprise architecture, they are capable of working with technical teams on their terms. While it is not necessary for them to be able to design the new models themselves, they need the knowledge of systems to input to the development and review process.
If your project is struggling with the interface between business requirements and the systems development a technical business analyst may be exactly what you need.
There are several good articles on technical business analysis role from the Modern Analyst website.