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Student Name: Mohammed Bilal Ahmed

Registration No: 1627819

Class: MBA - HR
Name of the Journal: Research Gate

Title of the Paper: A Comparative Analysis of Business Analysis and Business Process
Management Capabilities

Authors: Paul Mathiesen, Wasana Bandara, Houra Delavari, Paul Harmon and Kevin Brennan

Year of publication: Volume 04, Issue 05; July 2011

Research Paper Available online at:


The selected research paper discusses about the various initiatives that are emerging to improve
Business processes and the essential roles and contributions of Business Analyst and Business
Process Management professionals with regards to such initiatives. The roles and responsibilities
of a BA or BPM practitioner typically require different skill-sets; however these differences are
often vague. While both the BA and BPM communities have made attempts to describe their
domains through capability defining empirical research and developments of Bodies of
knowledge, there has not yet been any attempt to identify the commonality of skills required and
points of uniqueness between the two professions. This study as per the paper, aims to address
this gap and presents the findings of a detailed content mapping exercise of the International
Institution of Business Analysis, guide to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge (BABOK)
against core BPM competency and capability frameworks.
The paper further talks about how the companys today have rapidly moved from a manual
driven approach to a process driven approach. How the firms and organizations across the world
are now using the various tools and techniques to a greater extent and this in turn has led to the
challenges that include; integrating environmental, data, and various other connected aspects.


The study is concerned with the capabilities of Business analysts and Business Process
Management Professional in the organizations, their expertise and different skill sets, which is
the outcome of dealing with and evaluating various business problems and their relevance in
everyday life of a business.
Student Name: Mohammed Bilal Ahmed
Registration No: 1627819
Class: MBA - HR
The skill sets or capabilities of the Business Analysts and BPM specialist is measured by number
of indicators. Process, procedural flow, productivity and profit, speed, efficiency, etc. are some of
the most important indicators given on a broad indication of the capability of a business to
increase its earnings, making the complex tasks to be accomplished in a most suitable and
simpler ways by effectively utilizing the expertise of these two professions.


A comparative study to understand the different skill sets and capabilities of a Business Analysts
and the Business Process Management Expert.

Through my review of the above research paper, I have identified some of the results. Namely:

A. Evolution of the role of Business Analysts and BPM expert.

B. Its impact on the business problems and better ways of moving ahead in the world
through providing solutions.
C. The advantages, differences and challenges of these roles.
D. A key finding is that whilst there exists a high degree of correlation between the 2
professions, there are also points of uniqueness namely in the knowledge areas of
process strategy, governance and general organizational process awareness.
E. Complexity of a problem with regards to effectively utilizing and improving
capabilities of these two roles, through technology.

From my level of understanding the research question identified by the authors is a common and
most widely considered question today; The objective of this paper was to explore the alignment
between the role of a Business Analyst as identified in the IIBA Body of Knowledge (BABOK
Guide) and those of a BPM practitioner as identified in two widely accepted BPM competency
and capability frameworks. To meet this objective, the paper commenced with an introductory
background and then discussed recent attempts at professionalizing the BA and BPM disciplines.
Student Name: Mohammed Bilal Ahmed
Registration No: 1627819
Class: MBA - HR
The paper was very simple and provided insights directly about these two professions and the
changes they have undergone from its evolution till now. There are a few challenges or
improvement points which I have identified from this paper. Namely:
This paper could have been elaborated more in the areas of how the processes, principles
and concepts can be made more flexible depending on the situations and business
requirements of these roles.

The use of technology, i.e. about the next generation technology and specific examples
could have been given under each type of the professions.


ABPMP (Ed.). (2009). Guide to the Business Process Management Common Body of Knowledge (BPM
COK) (2 ed.)

Alibabaei, A., Bandara, W., & Aghdasi, M. (2009, 25-27 September). Means of achieving Business Process
Management sucess factor. Paper presented at the 4th Mediterranean Conference on Information
Systems, Athens University of Economics and Business.

Bandara, W., Chand, D., Chircu, A., Hintringer, S., Karagiannis, D., Rensburg, A. v., et al. (2009). Business
Process Management Education in Academia: Status, Challenges and Recommendations.
Communications of the Association for Information Systems.

Bandara, W., Rosemann, M., & Harmon, P. (2010). Professionalizing