CONFERENCE: South Africa┬ĺs First Business Analysis Conference
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The International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA┬«) is the professional body serving the growing number of professional Business Analysts worldwide. The main activities of the IIBA┬« include the development of a globally recognised Body of Knowledge (BABOK┬«) and the establishment of international certifications for the professional Business Analyst. The South African chapter (IIBA┬«-SA) exists within the broader structure and goals of the IIBA┬«, but focuses more specifically on the needs of the South African community of professional Business Analysts.
Understanding Business Analysis
The profession of business analysis is growing very fast with membership of the international body having reached 25 000 members in more that 60 countries in only eight years. The South African Chapter with nearly 500 members is one of the larger and more active chapters in the world.
BASSA2012 affords participants the opportunity to share knowledge and experiences and learn about and debate the issues that relate to this fast-evolving profession.
The theme of the conference will address the role of the professional Business Analyst as an enabler for effective business change. ┬ôThe work of the Business Analyst almost always results in significant business change, and in many organisations around the world, mature Business Analysts take responsibility, on behalf of the business, for ensuring that this change will drive out business value,┬ö says Steve Erlank, President of the IIBA┬«-SA and conference Chair. ┬ôA major focus of BASSA2012 will therefore be to explore the many dimensions to how business analysts, and the companies that employ them, can achieve this.┬ö
┬ôThe main style of the conference is not particularly academic or vendor-focussed and instead will be oriented towards the profession and practice of business analysis,┬ö says Erlank. The programme will include a mix of expert speakers, organisational case-studies presented by practicing business analysts, panel discussions and workshops that will provide learning and networking opportunities for every attendee.
Limited Seating for Business Analysis Conference
Being the first conference, limited seating is available and the conference is expected to be oversubscribed.
The conference will have several tracks oriented towards topics targeted at Business Anlaysts with different levels of experience, ranging from the novice Business Analyst seeking to plan a career, to a manager looking to understand the value proposition of business analysts and how to manage them, to the professional Business Analyst wishing to understand and debate advanced techniques and network with fellow professionals.
This conference will only be the second business analysis conference on the African continent, the first being held in Nigeria in November last year.
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