Should Business Analysts fear Artificial Intelligence?

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a trendy subject these days. Major companies are setting up AI labs everywhere to accelerate research and identify new growth opportunities in their industries. New jobs are being created to support this growing field, and schools from around the world are launching new programs to train the next generation of workers.

While it all seems positive, artificial intelligence often means job automation. As a consequence, many active workers need to shift their career (if they’re lucky enough) or just lose their job. Moreover, many traditional (and non-traditional) professions are being challenged by the AI train.

But what about Business Analysis? Are BAs at risk of losing their job to Artificial Intelligence in a near future? What could we do to ensure our relevance going into the 21st century? Let the AI vs BA face-off begin!

Don’t be that Poor, Lonesome Business Analyst

Many of the Business Analysts I had the chance to work with in my short career were excellent BAs. They were dedicated team players and were appreciated by their stakeholders. They were knowledgeable and recognized as experts in their organization. They had everything to succeed as Business Analysts!

However, they had one big shortcoming: they were performing Business Analysis as a one-man show. While working like that poor, lonesome Lucky Luke has some advantages, it also has major drawbacks when it comes to performing Business Analysis tasks.