By Angel Abundez
(cross-posted from Angel's BI Blog)

I've been meaning to speak out for those individuals who are buried deep in the confines of their cubicles under mountains of data, hundreds of report requests, and in my humble opinion, keep businesses running and innovating: the Business Analyst. Now the term "Business Analyst" here just signifies any individual out there who satisfies the curiosity of his/her user base. IT loves to call these people Power Users or Subject Matter Experts (SME). That's fine for architect lingo, but for business people who just want answers, they turn to their analysts. Some call them "data analysts" or "data scientists." Recently, I ran into a tweet that pretty much summed it up for me:

@Office_Jockey 
People ask me how to be a BA. Being a BA is a state of mind. You learn the techniques but are born with analytical curiosity #Analytics #BA

It's the "analytical curiosity" that @Office_Jockey is talking about that differentiates a Business Analyst from a Developer. Never being satisfied. Or better yet, chasing after answers until your gut tells you "that's it." That's as good as it's going to get. You've cross-referenced as many data points as possible and feel very confident that your proposed query, report, or data model is proven and sound. What makes it feel even better is when people try to throw stones at your work, and they just fall by the wayside because your logic has either taught them something new, or reinforced what they already knew or had the very same question you did on some other day when you busted your bump to get that anomaly out of your data.

Business Analysts: I SALUTE YOU!