Business Analysis to Play Key Role In Meeting Enterprise Challenges in 2010

ESI Announces Top 10 Requirements Management & Development Trends

Arlington, VA – January 18, 2010

The 2009 Top 10 trends for requirements management and development (RMD) – also known as business analysis – that will impact business this year were announced by ESI International today. Determined by a global panel of ESI’s senior executives and consultants, these trends acknowledge the maturation of RMD in the enterprise as it enables organizations to meet the challenges brought on by unprecedented economic volatility.

Refocus on Strategic Enterprise Analysis
In 2009, recessionary pressures stalled the expectation that businesses would implement RMD to focus on strategic enterprise analysis and resulted in reactive, tactical decision-making and implementation. For 2010, a demand for increased operational efficiencies will have organizations looking at things from the top down.

The Rise of the Community of Practice
Communities of practice will gain prominence as organizations continue to recognize their importance, yet lack budgetary and other resources for more formalized business analysis centers of excellence. Organizations will realize that the opportunity to share lessons learned, best practices and professional recognition is the next best thing.

Assessing the Value of RMD
RMD professionals will be answering questions like “How are we having an impact?” and “Are we bringing profitability to the enterprise?” as businesses struggle to contain costs in the face of continuing budget cuts. The need for metrics to effectively measure the value of RMD and demonstrate its ROI to the enterprise will be important not only in 2010, but throughout the next decade.