How can I become a business analyst?
I have worked in marketing, and now I want to work as a Business Analyst. What skills should I have, and what do I need to learn? What are some important things that I have to keep it mind?
Numbers, and what drives them. You have to understand the plan before you underwrite the fight.
The best way is to learn the business operations, and then learn about ERP systems e.g in SAP focus on specific modules like MM, FI, HR. You are basically going to be the link between business and IT. The best Business Analysts are those that know the business very well and know a bit about software development, they write the best specs ever.
Business Analyst is such a generic term you need to first narrow down the industry and experience you have that would be applicable, then start to look at the gaps you need to fill. Since your background is marketing, what kinds of customers have you worked with? What verticals do you have experience and knowledge in that can be leveraged?
Communications skills, attention to detail, documentation, and other soft skills are critical for a successful business analyst.