Some web apps to get you going

Here are some web applications that you can use to improve your productivity as a business analyst. All of these are free! But you should realize that there are some things you need to consider when using these types of products:

  • Confidentiality - Should business critical information be placed online?
  • Acceptability - Is the use of these tools acceptable to your client(s)?
  • Availability & recoverability - Can you get to your valued work products?

List of web apps

  • Gliffy - A diagramming tool that supports online collaboration. Easy to make simple process flow diagrams.
  • Google Notebook - A tool that allows you to make collections of information that you can arrange by subject.
  • Google Spreadsheets - Online spreadsheets! Not as powerful as Microsoft Excel but still useful.
  • Imagination Cubed - An online whiteboard where multiple people can collaboratively diagram and brainstorm ideas. Drawings can be saved and emailed.
  • Remember the milk - A to-do list application. You can email tasks to add to your list.
  •! - A web-based presentation application.
  • Voo2do - A to-do list application that is suitable for project task lists.
  • Zohowriter - A word processing application.

Unfortunately, I have not found any free online tools that support things central to business requirements such as traceability and change request management. Perhaps that's an idea for a Web 2.0 start-up. Hmmm...

1 comment:

Debi K said...

Thanks for the mention of Gliffy. We are very appreciative. If you have any suggestions and/or feedback please drop us a line at our newly revamped website! Thanks,
debik at gliffy dot com