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Meet Yaseen Patel | Foundation in Business Analysis Delegate

Yaseen Patel Foundation in Business Analysis Delegate

Yaseen Patel is a Business Analyst at Saratoga and a recent delegate on our Foundation in Business Analysis short course.

Yaseen believes that being certification rich always feels great, but that his eagerness to implement the learnings he made on the business analysis foundation course – and that there were plenty of those – on to his current projects is the real benefit.

Here’s what Yaseen had to say about his training experience:

Tell us a bit about yourself, Yaseen.

I’m a Business Analyst at Saratoga, with 3 years experience under my belt.

And I also volunteer for the IIBA-SA as Social Media manager for the organisation.

Why did you decide to take the foundation in business analysis course?

My intentions were to sharpen my analysis skills by learning new techniques and methods, and I choose the foundation course as I wanted to ensure a solid base and sound analytical mindset in order to produce higher quality outputs.

Plus I wanted to place particular focus on strategy analysis, and the making of business and financial cases.

How will the course learnings help you in your career?

The learnings will help me to take a more structured approach to my business analysis activities.  And now not only do I realise the full value added through business analysis activities, but I can communicate it too.

What was your biggest learning – did you have an AHA! Moment?

There were plenty of those.

Aligning the material to real-world examples indicated where and how the techniques can be used in practice, and then debating the topics as a group increased the quality of my learnings.

What did you enjoy most about your training experience?

Being relaxed and going through the material to discuss and clarify understanding when needed made me very comfortable with the time-frame of the course, which at first was a bit scary.

What would you tell someone who is considering doing this course?

Certification rich always feels great, but taking away the eagerness to implement the many learnings on to your current projects is the real benefit.

In the spirit of ‘keep growing’, what would you like to learn next?

I’m going to complete the full International Diploma in Business Analysis 🙂

Yaseen took the steps to get a solid analytical mindset and is producing higher quality outputs. Are you ready to gear up? Download the Foundation in Business Analysis course brochure now.
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Meet Phillip Mlotshwa | Foundation in Business Analysis Delegate

Phillip Mlotshwa Foundation in Business Analysis Delegate

Phillip Mlotshwa is a Business Analyst at Saratoga and a recent delegate on our Foundation in Business Analysis course.

Phillip found the flexibility and conversation around the various Foundation in Business Analysis topics great, and that formalising the end-to-end business analysis process was a good AHA! moment for him as it solidified his knowledge and skills.

Here’s what Phillip had to say about his training experience:

Tell us a bit about yourself, Phillip.

I’m a Business Analyst at Saratoga, with 3 years work experience – 2 of which is in business analysis.

Why did you choose to take the foundation in business analysis course?

I choose the course to test and enhance my own understanding of what it means to be a business analyst, and to learn new skills that would further enable my work.

How will the course help you in your career?

It has definitely solidified my knowledge, and has given me structure and techniques that enhance my existing skills and knowledge.

What was your biggest learning – did you have an AHA! Moment?

Formalising the entire end-to-end business analysis process was a good AHA! moment – it really brought the function of the broad role together for me.

What did you enjoy most about the BCMG training experience?

The flexibility and conversation around each topic was great.

And whilst the Lindt chocolates, salted nuts and Bos ice tea were delicious – maybe even better (and more) mid-course snacks would be good!

What would you tell someone who is considering doing this course?

That it will provide them with certification, and formalise exactly what they need to know as a business analyst.

In the spirit of ‘keep growing’, what would you like to learn next?

I’m keen to do another business analyst course towards the International Diploma in Business Analysis – and I’m going to decide which one to do next.

Phillip took the steps to formalise his business analyst understanding and has enhanced his skills. Are you ready to gear up? Download the Foundation in Business Analysis course brochure now.
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Meet Allie Mapker | Foundation in Business Analysis Delegate

Allie Mapker Foundation in Business Analysis DelegateAllie Mapker is Application Support Lead at FiveFriday and a recent delegate on our Foundation in Business Analysis course.

Allie felt that every moment on the foundation in business analysis course was incredibly valuable to him, and that the course gave him a full understanding of what is expected of a business analyst and the correct tools to use as he goes on his journey.

Here’s what Allie had to say about his training experience:

Tell us a bit about yourself, Allie.

Sure, I’m Application Support Lead at FiveFriday, with over 5 years work experience – 3 of which has been spent in pseudo business analysis roles.

Why did you decide to take the foundation in business analysis course?

My need was to improve my knowledge of business analysis, enhance my application of it, and to give me formal certification.

More specifically to I wanted to utilise the information from the course as a way to gain a deeper understanding of where to position myself in the business analysis domain, outside of the linear career path I’m currently following.

This course will certainly be the guide for my way forward.

How will the course learnings help you in your career?

It’s definitely given me a full understanding what is expected of a business analyst, and training in the correct tools to use as a business analyst.

What was your biggest learning – did you have an AHA! Moment?

It’s hard to pick just one – every section of the course was incredibly valuable to me.

What did you enjoy most about your training experience?

I enjoyed how insightful the course was. It was a massive eye-opener for me.

What would you tell someone who is considering doing this course?

This course is a good foundation for increasing your business analysis knowledge, and a great start if you are looking to start your journey to becoming a business analyst.

In the spirit of ‘keep growing’, what would you like to learn next?

I still need to decide which courses, but I’ll be back.

Allie took the steps to learn the correct tools to use as he goes on his business
analyst journey. Are you ready to gear up?
Download the Foundation in Business Analysis course brochure now.
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Meet Tulani Maka | Foundation in Business Analysis Delegate

Tulani Maka Foundation in Business Analysis DelegateTulani Maka is a Business Analyst at Saratoga and a recent delegate on our Foundation in Business Analysis course.

Tulani found the Foundation in Business Analysis to be an eye opening course, giving him many tools and techniques that he can use to achieve his business analysis goals and manage requirements. He believes that what he learnt will open doors for him in the business analyst world.

Here’s what Tulani had to say about his training experience:

Tell us a bit about yourself, Tulani.

I’m a proud father and a die hard Orlando Pirates fan.

And, having completed a B.Com (IS), B.Com(Hons)(IS) and Certificate in Business Analysis, I currently operate as a Business Analyst at Saratoga – with 6 years’ experience working on document management, financial services and digital media solutions.

Why did you choose to take the foundation in business analysis course?

My reasons for taking on this course were to improve my knowledge and understanding in the business analysis space. I was particularly looking to learn tools and techniques that I can use in my everyday life, to better handle client requirements and add value to the team I’m working with.

And the course met my expectations 101%.

How will the course help you in your career?

Previously I’ve found requirements management to be an area that challenged me, but the learnings from the course will go a long way in solving that.

What was your biggest learning – did you have an AHA! Moment?

My most valuable learnings were the many tools and techniques that we covered, and they will help me to achieve my business analysis goals. I especially found the PESTLE technique to be very insightful.

What did you enjoy most about the BCMG training experience?

I enjoyed every aspect of the training. Keep up the good work!

What would you tell someone who is considering doing this course?

I’d recommend it, because it’s an eye opening course that could open doors in the business analyst world!

In the spirit of ‘keep growing’, what would you like to learn next?

I would definitely like to complete the International Diploma in Business Analysis.

Tulani took the steps to learn new techniques which has opened doors for him in the business analyst world. Are you ready to gear up? Download the Foundation in Business Analysis course brochure now .
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Meet Janine Buis | Foundation In Business Analysis Delegate

Janine Buis Foundation in Business Analysis BCMG Difference

Janine Buis, Business Analyst at Old Mutual, shares her training experience having recently completed the Foundation in Business Analysis course.

On the training Janine learnt how to apply effective stakeholder management strategies to make each of her projects a success, and has gained a broad range of tools and techniques that are adding true value to her day-to-day business analyst job.

Here’s what Janine had to say about her training experience:

Tell us a bit about yourself, Janine.

I am 38 years old, married and a mother of 2 girls aged 6 and 4. I’ve been working at Old Mutual for the past 16 years, first as a financial accountant for 7 years and the last 9 years as a business analyst.

Having completed my Financial information Systems diploma at CPUT and majored in Information Systems, Financial Accounting and Cost and Management Accounting, I pursued a career as a financial accountant.

In 2009 I was offered an opportunity to join the IT team as a Financial Business Analyst, which I accepted and have not looked back since.

Why did you decide to take the foundation in business analysis course?

Overall it was for self-advancement, with a specific objective to get the latest view on the overall role of a business analyst and the most recent investigation techniques for requirements engineering.

These objectives were met as the course covered these key areas, as well as covering activities such as strategy analysis, stakeholder analysis, systems analysis and much, much more.

How will the course help you in your career?

The aspect of business analysis I am most passionate about is communication — as I enjoy listening, building rapport and ultimately building stakeholder relationships — and by using the tools an techniques I’ve already started implementing the knowledge and skills I have gained.

The team-work involved in project delivery is also something I thoroughly enjoy, and

… I am successfully applying my new abilities when conducting interviews, during my stakeholder engagement …

and also when conducting other requirements elicitation tasks.

What was your biggest learning – did you have an AHA! moment?

The tools and techniques used in business analysis — I’ll definitely be using them.

Learning how to identify and manage stakeholders was an invaluable learning for me, especially because effective stakeholder management is key to the success of any project.

What would you tell somebody who is considering doing the course?

That it is absolutely worth investing this time in yourself, and that I highly recommend the Foundation in Business Analysis course.

What did you enjoy most about the BCMG training experience?

The whole course was delivered in a very professional, relaxed and interactive manner — there was plenty of discussion in the room, and the pre-module assessments were both thought-provoking and fun.

In the spirit of ‘keep growing’, what are you keen to learn next?

Yes, I’m already booked on the Requirements Engineering course — and I can’t wait, as the fact that these are short courses makes learning more accessible, jam-packed and very exciting.

Janine took the steps to learn a range of business analyst techniques that are adding true value to her role. Are you ready to gear up? Find out more about the Business Analysis Practice course here.
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Meet Bevin Jaftha | Foundation in Business Analysis Delegate

Bevin Jaftha Foundation in Business Analysis BCMG Difference

Bevin Jaftha, Business Analyst at Old Mutual, shares her training experience having recently completed the Foundation in Business Analysis course.

On the training Bevin learnt a new streamlined approach for engaging her stakeholders and solving business problems, and has gained a broad range of relevant knowledge, skills and abilities that are opening her business analyst eyes.

Here’s what Bevin had to say about her training experience:

Tell us a bit about yourself, Bevin.

My name is Bevin Jaftha, I’m married and live in Glenhaven. I worked in a Servicing Department before transitioning into the business analyst role – which I’ve been in now for 9 years.

While working in Servicing, I was approached by IT to assist with business processes on a project. Through that, I was exposed to business analysis at work and I was hooked. It was mesmerising to see how much work went into the backend, when the front end was so simple to use.

Every day is different and every project brings new learnings.

Why did you decide to take the foundation in business analysis course?

For self-advancement and to up-skill myself and become more marketable – and I enjoy the fact that the courses are short but jam-packed with information.

How will the course help you in your career?

The skills that I learned have streamlined my approach to solving any business problem.

I am more confident that I can apply useful methods in areas such as requirements elicitation, and utilising tools and techniques that I wouldn’t have used before.

I’ll also now take a more open-mind into workshops and my engagement with stakeholders

What was your biggest learning – did you have an AHA! moment?

This course was an eye-opener to the broad range of techniques and tools available to business analysts.

I was equipped with the practical skills and knowledge to better understand how to influence within my organisation, how to look for opportunities and how to drive it.

What would you tell somebody who is considering doing the course?

That it’s an eye-opener — my expectations were definitely exceeded and I will be recommending this course to all the business analyst’s I know.

What did you enjoy most about the BCMG training experience?

I loved the interactive presentations and the quizzes before and after each module. Plus, the course material was extremely user friendly and easy to follow.

In the spirit of ‘keep growing’, what are you keen to learn next?

Definitely, either Requirement Engineering or Modelling Business Processes.

One step closer to the BCMG Certificate programme in Business Analysis!”

Bevin took the steps to learn business analysis fundamentals that are opening her business analyst eyes. Are you ready to gear up? Find out more about the Foundation in Business Analysis course here.
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Through The Golden Thread Of Business Analysis

Through The Golden Thread Of Business Analysis News

This April, Business Change Academy are growing the careers of business analysts through the golden thread of business analysis with their acclaimed Business Analysis Fundamentals course.

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Laying A Strong Foundation In Business Analysis

Laying A Strong Foundation In Business Analysis News

Business Change Academy were chosen as the preferred training provider by Dubai Islamic Bank (DIB) to help in laying a strong business analysis foundation.