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IIBA®-SA Hosts South Africa’s first Business Analysis Conference
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Posted by: Robyn on Thursday, February 16, 2012


The South African Chapter of the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA® – SA) is holding its first annual conference on 3-5 September in Johannesburg. Business Analysis Summit Southern Africa (BASSA2012) is the first conference aimed specifically at the profession of Business Analysis in South Africa. It is expected to be an exciting knowledge and information exchange forum for Business Analysts and any person impacted by or concerned with the profession of business analysis.
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. 
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. “The 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,” says Steve Erlank, President of the IIBA®-SA and conference Chair.  “A 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.”  
“The 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,” says Erlank.   The programme will inlcude 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. 
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.


For further details visit; or contact Peter Aspinall of SBS Conferences 2721 914 2888 [email protected]





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