The 1st edition of the new Data Science Whitepaper Series is now available. 

Analysis in the Data Science Age  -  Driving Industry Transformation


The Data Science Whitepaper Series looks at how data science can be leveraged to address complex business problems and how it's shaping the future of organizations across industries.

We take a fresh new look into the roles, tasks, and techniques of BA professionals in this evolving business landscape. Most importantly, we look at how BA professionals can be the catalyst for this change sweeping industries.


The first article focuses on how with the advent of data science, several unexplored avenues could be experimented with to fuel drug discovery, prevent hospital readmission rates, and drive better patient outcomes.

To support this, BA professionals need a paradigm shift in the way they approach requirements management and view almost everything with a “data” angle.

They should know the possibilities offered by technology; be able to evaluate its utility, applicability, and the benefits in specific business situations; and elicit and communicate requirements in a very creative manner to implement a solution for a business problem.

Key questions answered through this paper:

  • Why do we need business analysis in data initiatives?


  • How can business analysis professionals’ partner with data teams to provide clear value and aid decision making?


  • What are the competencies required from a BA professional for data engagements?


  • How do the business analysis core concepts get influenced by data?


  • What is a typical framework BA professionals can expect and participate in a data engagement?



The healthcare industry is one of the most chaotic and complex industries to manage today, with an intricate ecosystem of providers, payers, pharmaceutical companies and federal regulations. Despite huge technology investments and data initiatives in all areas of healthcare, their translation to better treatment options has been strikingly low.

In this paper, we explore the new possibilities and untapped potential of health data in discovering unique opportunities within healthcare industry. A convergence of strong business analysis, business domain knowledge and state of the art data science approaches promises a better healthcare and patient outcomes.

International Institute of Business Analysis™ (IIBA®) is a professional association dedicated to uniting the business analysis community to create better business outcomes.

Through a global network, IIBA connects with over 29,000 Members and more than 300 Corporate Members and 120 Chapters.

As the recognized voice of the business analysis community, IIBA supports the recognition of the profession and discipline and works to maintain the global standard for the practice and certification.

IIBA would like to thank Accenture for their contribution leading the development of the Data Science Whitepaper Series.