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Catalyze Community Joins Modern Analyst to Form Largest Online Resource for Business Analysis
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Posted by: adrian on Monday, August 30, 2010

Catalyze merges with

Merger of two sites creates ‘one stop shopping’ for business analyst content, discussion

EL SEGUNDO, CA – August 30, 2010iRise®, the global leader in enterprise visualization solutions, and, the premier online community and resource portal for business analysts, announced today that the destination site has been merged with, creating the single largest online community for business analysts in the world. is a place for business analysis professionals to engage in discussions with their peers and learn from like-minded individuals through dedicated forums, community blogs and other resources.

With over 38,000 members post-merger, is the number one online destination for business analysts, systems analysts, business process consultants, user experience designers, and other professionals involved in business analysis or systems analysis. This free online community was launched in 2007 to fill a growing need for information sharing and content that address the needs of practitioners who describe themselves as business analysts or whose practice relates to the discipline of business analysis.

“Whether they create specifications for legacy systems, integrate off-the-shelf products, perform systems analysis for custom software development, or re-engineer business processes, we provide our members what they need to succeed on their projects and to take their career to the next level,” stated Adrian Marchis, founder and president of Modern Analyst Media LLC, the owner and operator of

The site also started in 2007 with funding and other support provided by iRise and was focused on content, forums and resources for the combination of business analyst and user experience communities. Since then the site, along with others in the market, have grown rapidly to fill the need for a common ‘watering hole’ for business analyst professionals.

“The growth of over the last three years has been nothing short of astonishing,” said Mitch Bishop, CMO for iRise. “It makes sense to now join the two communities and leverage the combined strengths of our memberships. The business analyst function is thriving and has proven it is the best destination for anyone in this community concerned about getting their jobs done better and faster.”

The site was created by practicing business analysts for business analysts to allow them to easily access the resources and information they need, when the need it. The Modern Analyst site offers:

  • Feature articles by leading field experts,
  • Live and on-demand webinars for continuous education,
  • Recommended books and reference materials,
  • Ready to use templates and aides,
  • Business analyst diaries showcasing real analysts,
  • Common questions for BAs preparing for interviews,
  • Weekly business analysis comics,
  • Directory of numerous business analysis resources.

Enterprise Visualization – Accelerate Business Transformation

Enterprise visualization software from iRise gives business and IT leaders a powerful way to visualize and experience business transformation. Forward thinking organizations use iRise to visualize the future of their business systems at light speed, accelerating time to revenue with lower cost and improved quality.

iRise is the only enterprise grade, real-time collaborative software definition platform available today. With iRise, key stakeholders can “test drive” and experience mission-critical business systems early in the definition process to eliminate confusion and ensure that the right system gets built – the first time. Best of all, visualizations are assembled in hours, without any coding – speeding up the definition process by ten times over previous methods. With thousands of projects completed successfully, leveraging enterprise visualization has proven to be indispensable for businesses in highly competitive markets:

  • Get to market twice as fast;
  • Eliminate 30% of project cost;
  • Ensure the success of global sourcing strategies; and,
  • Dramatically improve quality and customer experience.

About iRise
iRise is the world’s leading provider of enterprise visualization software for business applications. Visualization has become a critical competitive advantage for businesses to more effectively communicate their needs to technology teams and give everyone involved the ability to interact with and fully experience applications before they are built. Companies of all sizes like General Motors, UPS, FedEx, Haworth, Manpower, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, and hundreds of others use iRise to “test drive” their applications before building, which accelerates time to market, improves customer experience, and drives cost down. At iRise, we believe that by 2020, all business software will be visualized before being built, the same way that every car, airplane, and building is visualized today. Headquartered in El Segundo, Calif., iRise is backed by Morgan Stanley Venture Partners, and Deutsche Bank, and has sales offices across North America and in London.

Press Contact:
Mitch Bishop
(415) 772-0830
[email protected]

iRise is a registered trademark of iRise. All other companies and products mentioned are trademarks and property of their respective owners.

@ Monday, August 30, 2010 8:13 AM
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