The demand for business analysts will continue to grow. Business analysts focus on both business and IT aspects. Their input is essential to maximize the return on investment demanded by company management and shareholders.
Business analyst consulting firms will play a more active role in agile software development projects. They will work much closer with developers to ensure they have a better understanding of business processes and changing requirements.
Extension of the traditional business analyst role in project management. As clients tighten spending on IT development projects, business analysts will increasingly be called on to shoulder the responsibility of project management as well.
Consulting firms need to take cognisance of these trends and gear up to deliver high quality service to meet the demands of the market.