Recommended Business Analysis Tools
Organize, Share and Define Your Requirements
Need a place to organize, share, and help define your business analysis requirements? These business analysis tools range from modeling and analytical tools to repositories for sharing and tracing requirements. Utilizing one of these recommended analysis tools can enhance your team collaboration, stakeholder presentations, and management of requirements for larger or more complex projects.
Also, we know the business analysis tool space is ever-changing and appreciate your help in keeping it up to date. Please send us a note if you don’t see a tool that should be on our list or one that you feel doesn’t add value.
Axure by Axure Software Solutions
Axure RP 7 creates prototypes of websites and apps without coding. Provides the capability to produce wireframes, prototypes, and is a documentation tool. The Pro version has additional collaboration features. Used by professionals including business analysts, information architects, usability experts, product managers, and IT consultants around the world from Fortune 1000 companies to independent agencies, Axure RP has become an essential tool for successful application design.
Blueprint by Blueprint
Blueprint offers industry leading requirements definition solutions under the umbrella of Requirements Center™. Blueprint™ solutions accelerate the application lifecycle by pre-populating accurate project blueprints ( ie: Development Models, Use Cases, Flowcharts, Test Scenarios and all Documentation) necessary to ensure that the development team produces software applications that reflect 100% of what the business needs. Blueprint™ provides bi-directional traceability between all artifacts to ensure the fidelity of the end product.
CASE Spec by Goda Software
CASE Spec is an affordable, powerful and flexible requirements and specification software. It provides effective requirements tracking, simple importing, exporting, and baselining, and a traceability matrix to easily show the impact of changing requirements on the system and process as a whole.
Caliber by Borland
Caliber is a complete requirements solution which ensures compliance and alignment of development to your business needs. It facilitates stakeholder collaboration, rich visualization, robust management, and traceability of requirements to Agile delivery plans.
Enterprise Architect by Sparx Systems
Enterprise Architect provides full life cycle modeling for Business and IT systems, Software and Systems Engineering, and Real-time and embedded development. With built-in requirements management capabilities, Enterprise Architect helps you trace high-level specifications to analysis, design, implementation, test and maintenance models using UML, SysML, BPMN and other open standards. Enterprise Architect is a multi-user, graphical tool designed to help your teams build robust and maintainable systems.
iRise is a collaborative platform used by business people, developers and end users to develop prototypes, capture requirements, and allow real-time collaboration and integration with Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) tools. iRise lets organizations visualize and interact with critical business systems before development. It allows you to capture, document and validate requirements the right way, by combining text requirements and prototyping together.
iServer by Orbus Software
iServer is a collaborative modeling platform that extends and enhances Microsoft Office and Visio. The repository allows objects to be reused, shared, and provides an audit trail of changes. It also provides version control.
Jama by Jama Software
Jama is an easier to use, more agile alternative to document-centric methods for requirements management. Jama creates the optimal environment for defining problem statements, validating cross-functional input and ensuring that what you deliver at each phase is what you intend. Navigate complex development cycles and build great products. Systems engineering teams developing life and economy-critical products use Jama to innovate against the constraints of highly complex environments and release with confidence.
Jira by Atlassian
JIRA Software is built for every member of your software team to plan, track, and release great software. Create user stories and issues, plan sprints, and distribute tasks across your software team. Prioritize and discuss your team’s work in full context with complete visibility. Ship with confidence and sanity knowing the information you have is always current.
Livescribe smartpens bring your words and ideas into your digital world. Watch your notes appear instantly on your iOS and Android mobile devices. Paired with the Livescribe+ mobile app, notes become more useful when they are organized, tagged, searchable and converted to text.
MeetingSense is a cloud-based meeting management software that leverages your team’s existing tools and familiar workflows to help capture, share, and then easily manage the contextual information exchanged in every meeting. This business productivity software helps your team conduct the most effective and productive meetings possible to drive maximum business success. Efficiently capture all critical aspects of any meeting, including things like, your: notes, action items, group decisions, attendance, files and more… all in a single, intuitive interface.
RAVEN by Ravenflow
By producing rich visualizations in a single click, RAVEN for MS Office transforms your natural language descriptions into diagrams that others can understand and validate, increasing business value and reducing projected costs. And it works within the Microsoft tools you already use on a daily basis – Word, Excel and Visio – displaying narratives and diagrams side-by-side for greater context and understanding.
Serena Dimensions RM by Serena
Serena Dimensions RM is a full-featured and proven web-based requirements management solution that improves the definition, management and reuse of requirements, increases visibility and collaboration across all stakeholders, and provides real end-to-end traceability from initial ideas to deliverables. It centralizes management and visibility of requirements across the systems and software development lifecycle, enables efficient collaboration and coordinates the management of change across tools, teams and releases, and provides comprehensive end-to-end traceability reports and metrics to track the progress and status across SDLC.
Smartdraw is a graphic diagramming tool that includes stencils for ANSI flowcharts, organizational charts, swim lane diagrams and data flow diagrams.
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TopTeam Analyst by TechnoSolutions Corporation
TopTeam™ Analyst provides a “complete solution” for Requirements gathering and management. It includes use case authoring and modeling, requirements capture and management, a repository for requirement artifacts, traceability, issue tracking and a full suite of collaboration tools. This tool provides a rich requirements editor and provides an integrated drawing tool for any free format diagram.
VersionOne® revolutionizes how teams at all levels, Enterprise, Portfolio, Program and Team,work together in complete harmony to develop and deliver software faster. Built from the top down to support enterprise agile at scale. Everyone will get the context they need – to connect the dots and remain focused on accelerating software delivery.
Wrike is a work management and collaboration platform used by high-performance agile and waterfall teams. In Agile, assign stories into sprints, manage the backlog, and use burndown charts to monitor progress. For Waterfall projects, set milestones and dependencies between tasks and use the interactive Gantt chart to visualize the plan.