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Local Business Analysts Embark On International Diploma

Local Business Analysts Embark On International Diploma News

A new breed of business analyst is entering South African organisations, as local business analysts embark on their international diploma journey. And through the International Diploma in Business Analysis, presented by Business Change Academy, these high-calibre business analysts are making a marked difference inside the organisations they serve.

With over 100,000 professionals worldwide certified with BCS, the International Diploma in Business Analysis is popularly regarded as the de facto industry qualification that truly demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities of an effective business analyst, and during October 2018 10 new delegates began this learning journey with Business Change Academy.

Making a remarkable difference

Carefully crafted to develop modern competencies in the key areas that are relevant to both individuals and the organisations they work in, this renowned training programme cuts through the theory and makes a real difference to the confidence in which delegates’ apply business analysis.

“The acronyms are not just ‘buzzwords’ anymore! The focused and practical content helped me to see the value and application of techniques for the strategic analysis of business,” remarked Lana Woollgar.

The courses are being rated favourably by all-levels of business analyst, from junior through to senior, due to the rich, contextualised training experience offered by Business Change Academy. In fact the value gained is regularly evident in their delegates many success stories, with people routinely commending the combination of rich content, skilled facilitation and practical insights they leave with.

“The course facilitator was exceptional and I had lots of AHA! moments, especially the many strategic techniques which I will be using straight away when I get back to the office,” said Petrus Morobi

According to Trevor McCarthy, a business analyst with 10 years of experience, we tend to stick with what we know and what has worked in the past, but the course challenged him to think differently about engaging stakeholders during the requirements phase. This was echoed by Thabisile Zikalala, who, as someone new to the role, said seeing how the whole process fits together was her biggest learning, and that she now understands how to carry out her job in a way that adds much more value.

Championing for a change in results

Leading the charge in bringing this world-class diploma programme to South Africa is business analyst enthusiast, educator and Business Change Academy’s Director, Joe Newbert.

“Industry has been crying out for this kind of impact for some time, and it’s wonderful to see these high-calibre business analysts making a marked difference inside the organisation they serve,” says Joe.

With 100% of these October delegates successfully passing their course exams, those who took the fast-track and completed four qualifying courses are eagerly anticipating taking the final step in achieving their BCS International Diploma in Business Analysis when they sit their final oral examination in the new year.

You can learn more about the BCS International Diploma in Business Analysis here, or contact the team@businesschange.academy for further details.

About Business Change Academy

Business Change Academy is a training company based in Cape Town, South Africa. Founded in 2008, Business Change Academy provides accredited qualifications + short courses for project professionals seeking internationally recognised best-practice competencies in business analysis, solution development and change management.

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Giving Business Analysts The Competitive Edge

Giving Business Analysts The Competitive Edge News

Michelle van Kesteren, Operations Manager, attended Business Change Academy’s Business Analysis Practice course with a view to assessing the training course for the business consulting team, and here she shares her experience of how the programme is giving business analysts the competitive edge by steering them to become less of a documenter and more of a thinker.

Coming into the course I was expecting the typical business analysis content to be covered, which in theory is great to know, but in reality one often does not get to actually put into practice what you’ve learnt.

And, admittedly, I came in with a closed mind, thinking, I’ve been in the industry for 15 years, I’ll just come here to observe and assess. But, boy, was I wrong and very pleasantly surprised!,” says Michelle.

Michelle is of the opinion that:

  1. the unfortunate perception of a Business Analyst is of someone who churns out documentation, but that
  2. the real skill that differentiates good business analysts from great business analysts is the way they think about a problem and engage with their stakeholders to truly uncover the root cause, as well as resolve conflicting views.

While writing good documentation is a skill, it can be learnt. But being able to think holistically and conceptually about a problem, and knowing the right questions to ask, is more difficult to teach,” Michelle says.

Which starts to explain what is giving Business Change Academy’s business analysis courses the sharp-edge over its competitors, and why they are fast becoming the training provider of choice for organisations.

The course content is designed to teach business analysis techniques which assist in helping business analysts to really think about the problem, apply their minds and break it down in simple, meaningful, visual ways to really ensure that they are indeed solving the right problem, in collaboration with their stakeholders.

Business Change Academy’s shift from template-driven documentation to technique-driven analysis is wonderfully refreshing, and completely different from what the other training providers are offering,” says Michelle.

Michelle believes the role of the business analyst has evolved significantly over the years. “However, most training providers and more so academic institutions have failed to evolve their content as well. This has left a gap in the industry, and as a result we have more “documenters” than “real thinkers”.

The International Diploma in Business Analysis is the key differentiator for any business analyst looking for relevant, fresh content to give them a competitive edge.

It certainly has the potential to reduce the gap in the industry, and transform the way business analysts think about their role and how they add value to their organisation,” she says.

Michelle has assurance that Business Change Academy is the right training company with the right training programme to up-skill Saratoga’s team of business consultants. Of real significance is the training curriculum delivered by Business Change Academy — one that sets it apart from other offerings in the market.

The content is fresh, it is internationally recognised and the journey to getting the Diploma can be designed by the individual,” she remarks.

As the Business Consulting Operations Manager at Saratoga, Michelle believes it is absolutely critical that their Business Consultants offer a differentiated service and experience to their clients, and she feels assured Business Change Academy are helping them to achieve this.

You can learn more about the BCS International Diploma in Business Analysis here, or contact team@bcmg.co.za for further details.

About Business Change Academy

Business Change Academy is a training company based in Cape Town, South Africa. Founded in 2008, Business Change Academy provides accredited qualifications + short courses for project professionals seeking internationally recognised best-practice competencies in business analysis, solution development and change management.

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Launching the BCS International Diploma In Business Analysis

Launching the BCS International Diploma In Business Analysis News

Business Change Academy are excited to be launching the BCS International Diploma in Business Analysis in South Africa. This globally accredited and prestigious award is more than a seal of approval, it’s the industry-recognised certification that truly demonstrates the knowledge, skills and abilities of an effective Business Analyst.

Business Change Academy’s goal in bringing this business analysis course programme to South Africa is to produce knowledgeable, skilled and capable business analysts of the standard that are needed to meet the demands of modern business.

“Merely conforming to the legislative landscape of the South African education and training environment, and creating courses and content to meet those standards, does not produce the calibre of business analysis professional required by organisations today,” says Joe Newbert, MD of Business Change Academy.

The BCS International Diploma in Business Analysis provides a professional qualification for business analysts. It sets the standard by which business analysts can be assessed, and is aimed at business and IT professionals who wish to demonstrate that they have a detailed understanding of business analysis best practice and competency in range of skills and techniques.

According to Newbert, the vision to launch this internationally recognised business analysis programme to the South African market is not only a a first-of-its-kind, but it turns traditional business analysis training on its head.

“The curriculum is designed to offer flexibility to develop skills in the key areas that are relevant to both the individual and the organisation — the structure of which enables delegates to choose the modules, the sequence and the timing of the courses to match their career path.”

How do I get the diploma?

To achieve the BCS International Diploma in Business Analysis certification, candidates must pass four one-hour written examinations on a number of business analysis topics, each of which leads to a certificate which has value in its own right.

To convert their set of certificates into the full Diploma, candidates then attend an interview with two BCS examiners to confirm their technical, business and interpersonal competencies.

What modules do I need?

The certificates can be gained in any order, comprising of two core modules, one knowledge module and one practitioner module:

Core modules – you must pass both of these:

Knowledge based modules – you must pass one of these:

Practitioner modules – you must pass one of these:

The modules delegates choose, for example, business versus technical, will depend on background, situation and preference, what their organisation requires, the nature of their current role and their future career aspirations.

You can learn more about the BCS International Diploma in Business Analysis here, or contact team@bcmg.co.za for further details.

About Business Change Academy

Business Change Academy is a training company based in Cape Town, South Africa. Founded in 2008, Business Change Academy provides accredited qualifications + short courses for project professionals seeking internationally recognised best-practice competencies in business analysis, solution development and change management.

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Guiding Business Analysis For Project Success

Guiding Business Analysis For Project Success Inter-View Report

Brian A. Weiss talks with Joe Newbert about how PMI are guiding business analysis for project success, through their industry standard and certification.

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Modern Training Programme Primed For BA Summit

Modern Training Programme Primed For BA Summit News

As part of the eagerly anticipated ‘Business Analysis Event of the Year’, which is taking place at the Lord Charles Hotel, Somerset West in Cape Town from 4-6 September 2017, rising star Business Change Academy will be on-hand at the IIBA conference to showcase the latest, modern training programme primed for BA Summit delegates.

The annual event promises conference delegates the opportunity to learn, share and debate the topical issues that are facing the fast-evolving business analysis profession.

The conference enjoys strong endorsement from Business Change Academy, both from a historic perspective through the Inter-View Report and through their close philosophical alignment with this year’s theme “Business Analysis 4.0 (the Fourth Industrial Revolution)”.

The conference theme is elaborated on by BA Summit:

The skills of the business analyst will remain relevant and in high demand, as business analysis skills will anchor and enable this new revolution.

Long gone are the days that the stereotypical business analyst scribes, translates and couriers business requirements, also known as ‘Bridging the gap between business and IT’. It’s a debunked role. One that’s still epitomised by the limiting one-size fits all approach of traditional business analysis training.

Business Change Academy understand the competencies that business analysts truly need to possess.

“Because no two business analyst jobs are the same — given the diversity of specialist roles, uniqueness of organisational requirements and variety of career paths available — what’s needed today is a configurable training programme that meets the flexible knowledge, skills and abilities needed for contemporary business analysis,” says Joe Newbert, Managing Director.

Business Change Academy’s forward-thinking business analysis courses have been shaping the modern business analyst since 2007.

With this foresight we established our International Diploma in Business Analysis, the structure of which enables delegates to chose the modules, the sequence and the timing of the courses to match their career path.

Come and talk with the team, who will be showcasing their modern training programme primed for BA Summit delegates at the conference, to:

Through their proactive industry involvement and disruptive community innovations,Business Change Academy is well-known as South Africa’s foremost think-tank on contemporary business analysis, project delivery and change management competency.

Through our training offerings and advisory services we will continue to help grow the next generation of business analyst’s for South Africa,” says Newbert.

If you are unable to attend BA Summit 2017, or cannot wait until the 4th of September to learn more about how you can take your business analysis mastery to the next level, then start here.

About Business Change Academy

Business Change Academy is a training company based in Cape Town, South Africa. Founded in 2008, Business Change Academy provides accredited qualifications + short courses for project professionals seeking internationally recognised best-practice competencies in business analysis, solution development and change management.

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The Five W’s and One H Of Business Analyst Certification

Business Analyst Certification BCMG Inter-View

Kevin Brennan breaks down the ‘What? Who? Where? When, Why? and How?’ to give you the five W’s and one H of business analyst certification programmes.

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More Worth For Your Business Analyst Career Investment

More Worth For Your Business Analyst Career Investment News

With internationally accredited qualifications and short courses popularly known for the competitive advantage they bring, you can grab your early bird seat on Business Change Academy’s pacesetting training, endorsed by the BCS and IIBA, and squeeze even more worth for your business analyst career investment in 2017.

For a limited period, Business Change Academy are holding their 2016 training prices. You can benefit from 2016 pricing on the International Diploma in Business Analysis and business analysis courses when you book and pay in full before 31st January 2017.

IIBA® Endorsed Education Provider Business Change Academy, have a 10 year track-record of enthusiastically gearing up business analysts with pacesetting training to grow their skills, enable business change and see their careers soar.

Most importantly, the Foundation in Business Analysis has given me the confidence to go and do my job well. I have learned how to be of real value, to influence my organisation and to realise my full potential – Business Change Academy have unlocked that value in me. ~ Gladys Marova, Business Analyst.

Don’t miss this chance to invest yourself in real-world business analysis expertise:

Foundation in Business Analysis

This course is aimed at anyone who requires an understanding of the range of concepts, approaches and techniques of business analysis. It is particularly relevant to those in a business project role such as business analysts, systems analysts, business managers and their staff, change managers and project managers.

Book your seat: Cape Town 6 February 2017 / Johannesburg 8 May 2017

Commercial Awareness

The course is aimed at anyone who wants to understand of the structure, operation and behaviour of organisations. It is particularly relevant to those in a project financial or business change role such as business analysts, business managers, programme or project managers, business architects and change managers.

Book your seat: Johannesburg 13 February 2017 /  Cape Town 15 May 2017

Business Analysis Practice

This course is aimed at anyone who wants to learn strategic techniques focused on the entire business system. It is particularly useful for those in a strategic analysis role such as business analysts, business architects, process analysts, business managers and their staff, change managers and project managers.

Book your seat: Cape Town 20 February 2017 / Johannesburg 22 May 2017

Modelling Business Processes

This course is aimed at anyone who wants to learn about the investigation, modelling and improvement of business processes. It is particularly relevant to those in a business change role such as business analysts, process analysts, systems analysts, business managers and their staff, change managers and project managers.

Book your seat: Johannesburg 27 February 2017 / Cape Town 29 May 2017

Requirements Engineering

This course is aimed at anyone wanting to formalise their skills in eliciting and documenting requirements. It is particularly relevant to those in a business project role such as business analysts, business architects, systems analysts, business managers and their staff, change managers and project managers.

Book your seat: Cape Town 6 March 2017 / Johannesburg 5 June 2017

Benefits Management and Business Acceptance

This course is aimed at anyone who wants to gain knowledge of carrying out tasks relating to benefits management and business acceptance testing. It is particularly relevant to those in a business change role such as business analysts, business managers and their staff, change managers and project managers.

Book your seat: Johannesburg 13 March 2017 / Cape Town 12 June 2017

Benefit with 2016 pricing on Business Change Academy’s International Diploma in Business Analysis and Business Analysis Courses when you book and pay in full for before 31st January 2017. Don’t miss this chance to squeeze even more worth for your business analyst career investment.

About Business Change Academy

Business Change Academy is a training company based in Cape Town, South Africa. Founded in 2008, Business Change Academy provides accredited qualifications + short courses for project professionals seeking internationally recognised best-practice competencies in business analysis, solution development and change management.

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Launching Business Analysis Courses In Johannesburg

Launching Business Analysis Courses In Johannesburg News

Answering your call for our modern business analyst training, Business Change Management Group (BCMG) are thrilled to launch their IIBA® endorsed business analysis courses in Johannesburg.

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Realising Nine Years Growing Business Analysis

Realising Nine Years Growing Business Analysis News

Business Change Management Group (BCMG) proudly celebrates 9 years of growing business analysis, and continues to make its footprints with innovative thinking and modern business analysis courses.

Since BCMG’s inception in 2007, the company has added an impressive number of accolades to its name with Joe Newbert, the MD, at its’ helm. BCMG was founded as a boutique business analysis advisory and consulting company, and soon realised niche training was a natural extension of the brand. The firm now offers six highly practical and specialised business analysis courses endorsed by the IIBA. The courses appeal has not only reached the South African modern analyst, but has met demand internationally from delegates in the UK, Saudi Arabia and other Sub-Saharan African countries.

BCMG is considered by many as being at the forefront of industry thinking and research, in the way that they challenge traditional and conventional business analysis training in the industry. Newbert emphasises that most training offerings are outdated and do not support the way organisations execute business analysis in the modernised, innovative, high-tech world today.

Modern business analysts require training programmes that are holistic and offer more than the heavily-based IT analysis courses typically found in the market. BCMG has raised the standard of quality of training in the market, says Newbert.

Joe Newbert, took some time out to reflect on BCMG’s journey so far.

Congratulations on reaching this age, it’s been quite a journey. What’s been your proudest moment?

Thank you, reaching nine years is a significant milestone and we are thrilled with our year-on-year growth, both being testament that our business analysis philosophy is on-point. We pride ourselves on being at the forefront of business analysis thinking and a stand-out moment was being a core-member of the IIBA® professional development team and help build the Business Analysis Competency Model. Being called upon to be a part of the project team was a defining moment for us, especially as it ratified our own thinking and helped to springboard so much of what we do.

What’s the response been like from BCMGs training delegates?

Our flagship Certificate Programme in Business Analysis is receiving rave reviews, with business analysts remarking positively on a number of things. People are loving our modular approach as it provides unprecedented flexibility. Enabling people to personalise their training programme and take courses at the appropriate stage in their career is ground-breaking for South Africa. This, with our modern course materials, presented by some of the most respected business analysis practitioners locally, makes certain that delegates receive that remarkable BCMG experience.

What’s in the pipeline for BCMG?

Well, we will most certainly continue to innovate around the business analysis profession for the benefit of the community. We seized the opportunity and launched the Inter-View publication, which now reaches 6000 business analysts in South Africa, and there are plans to further grow Inter-View internationally. Then there is something new, currently we are working on a community initiative that recognises and celebrates industry talent – that’s all I can say for now, so watch this space!

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Modernising Business Analysis Training In South Africa

Modernising Business Analysis Training In South Africa News

Now in its tenth year of developing the careers of business analysts, Business Change Academy is modernising business analysis training in South Africa with its ground-breaking IIBA endorsed training called the BCS International Diploma in Business Analysis which raises the bar on career-oriented business analysis course offerings.