Date Added: Feb 2010
The gap between business and IT and, hence, the need to significantly improve business/IT alignment have remained on the list of unsolved issues for several years. This unfortunate situation gives rise to an obvious question: Can one just continue on trodden paths and hope for technological advances and more or less smooth evolution, or has the time come to pause for a moment and start thinking in radically new and innovative directions? As a consequence, business analysts, as domain experts, would need to be able to define business processes together with all related artifacts, such as business items (e.g., manufacturing orders, invoices, etc.), business rules, business tasks, and so on. Of course, no one would expect business analysts to produce program code.