BA vs IT in ERP

September 5, 2013 from – “Which is more important in hiring a consultant for an ERP implementation, someone with strong information technology skills or someone who is a skilled business analyst? The ideal answer is “both”. You want someone who has the computer and technology skills to help steer the implementation and the business analysis skills to help restructure your business process…

The question then, is given minimal abilities in the other area which competency is more important?”

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180 View – We are often asked the same thing. We would agree with the author that business analysis skills are more important. There will be the need for some technical/IT skills but this can be outsourced if the needs are relatively small. But the work that the business analysis should not be outsourced as the business analyst(s) are critical to the success of the project and you don’t want to lose their knowledge after the system is implemented.