Though having a technical background is not a pre-requisite for becoming an effective business analyst, it is important that BAs understand underlying technology behind the solutions they propose, so that they can better advise stakeholders on its limitations and possibilities.
To keep up with the relentless pace of technological progress, business analysts should proactively seek knowledge and personal improvement. Fortunately, the web is one of the most accessible sources of information when it comes to technology and its importance to business analysts. This list comprises popular websites where BAs can learn about technology, technology products and their applications. While not every technological innovation is applicable to businesses, it does help to be able to sift out what is relevant to the business and what is not.
Websites and Blogs
With over 8 million followers on Twitter and 2.5 million Facebook likes (and counting), TechCrunch is one of the most influential online publishers of technology news. The site was launched in 2005 by Michael Arrington and Keith Teare, and its current staff includes venture capitalists Chris Dixon, American Internet entrepreneur Robert Kevin Rose, and American Internet entrepreneur and investor Justin Kan, to name a few. TechCrunch contains a good balance of short news stories and feature-length articles, catering to a broad audience of sophisticated readers.
Not many websites enjoy over 45 million unique readers every month, and not many sites become global providers of tech news. Founded in 2005 by Pete Cashmore, who is recognized by Forbes as one of their top 25 web celebrities, started the site from his home in Scotland, creating what is now described as a one-stop-shop for social media. The tone of Mashable articles is lighthearted, and the content is easy to digest.
Venture Beat is a technology news and analysis website headquartered in San Francisco. The site is known for its long-form features and interviews with tech influencers and business owners. The content of the site is separated into various news channels, including Big data, marketing, bots, business, development, cloud, and so on, allowing visitors to narrow their focus to a small number of selected topics.
Created in 1998, Ars Technica is one of the oldest technology news and information websites on the internet. It’s also one of the most respected. Despite their informal style, most articles on Ars Technica are written by well-informed post graduates from research institutions and universities across the globe, providing in-depth insight into current technology topics.
Stylized as c|net, this American media website publishes reviews, news, articles, podcasts, and videos on technology and, mainly, consumer electronics, such as laptops, smartphones, headphones, and others. The website enjoys over 200 million readers per month, being among the 150 most visited websites globally. CNET is often one of the first online news outlets to get their hands on the latest gadgets, and their reviews are informative and straight to the point.
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