Business Analysis

Project Manager and Business Analyst Pay – 2016

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At Focus we are regularly asked about the salary prospects associated with different career paths and qualifications. We’ve been researching the latest data on project manager and business analyst pay. The headline is that according to PayScale the median pay for PMs at £43,611 is 15% higher than that for […]

12% of Project Managers now hold an Agile Certification

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The 10th Arras People Project Management Benchmark Report is out. Agile was one of the core topics researched by this comprehensive survey of project managers. The research was undertaken in December 2014 with responses from over 2,000 project specialists. Over half of project management practitioners were familiar with Agile methods […]

Tech Partnership Training Fund

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Update: This Funding Scheme Has Now Expired! This new government fund offers grants of 50% to companies in England who invest in IT training. The target is to support development of IT skills which are of strategic importance to business growth and competitiveness. Funding is earmarked either for short courses […]

What is the BCS Business Analysis Diploma?

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The Business Analysis Diploma from the British Computer Society has become the “must have” qualification for Business Analysts. The path to BA Diploma is less complex than you might imagine. The final step is an oral exam with the BCS – but the four training modules that you need can […]

What is Business Intelligence?

Business Intelligence is about getting the right information to the right people at the right time to enable greater efficiency and improved decision making, ultimately translating into competitive advantage. Coined in the 1950s by an IBM researcher, Business Intelligence has become an umbrella term encompassing applications, infrastructure, tools and best […]

BCS Business Analysis E-Learning Course from Focus

We’ve added a Business Analysis E-Learning course to our range of online learning options. It provides all the knowledge necessary to pass the BCS Business Analysis Foundation Certificate. It’s been compiled by business analysis practitioners – who are also examiners with the British Computer Society. >> Business Analysis E-Learning – […]

Managing Benefits – New Certification Course

The best practice guidance on Benefits Management was launched in September last year by APMG in the form of a guide by Steve Jenner.   It’s a topic which has long been popular with Focus customers who know how to run well structured projects – but need their teams to […]

What Does a Business Analyst Do?

Requirements Analysis and Requirements Elicitation are the processes with which BAs are most commonly involved. 47% work in financial services. 73% undertake project management to some degree. These insights are drawn from a survey of business analysts recently undertaken by the IIBA. The IIBA The International Institute of Business Analysis […]

BCS Commercial Awareness replaces ISEB Organisational Context

From April 2012 the BCS Foundation Certificate in Commercial Awareness will take the place of  ISEB Organisational Context. The Organisational Context Course has been a popular optional module for those studying for the BCS-ISEB Business Analysis Diploma. However, it has been criticised as being UK centric – and not relevant […]

ISEB Business Analysis Essentials – Name Change

ISEB Business Analysis Essentials is dead. Long live BCS Business Analysis Practice! ISEB Business Analysis Essentials is one of 2 core modules for those studying for the ISEB/BCS Business Analysis Diploma.  For a couple of reasons, the BCS (British Computer Society) is re-branding this course and associated certification. The actual […]