How are business analytics (also known as data analytics) and business analysis different? (The terms often used interchangeably.)

The focus of business analytics is data and reporting – analyzing past business performance and predicting future business performance. The focus of business analysis is functions and processes – identifying business needs and recommending solutions.

While both of these fields involve data or system analysis, what is done with the data and what skill sets are required can be very different.

Here’s a quick guide to help you understand the similarities and differences between the two fields.


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