Following the close of this years business analysis survey, Charles van Belkum, Senior Business Analyst at Sapiens, is the lucky draw Inter-View winner heading to Business Analysis 4.0 having won himself a free two- day conference pass to BA Summit 2017, compliments of Business Change Academy and the IIBA South Africa Chapter.
Through the Inter-View Report Charles gains incredible knowledge, that he considers fundamental to his professional growth and helps him to stay relevant within the profession, and he is looking forward to mixing with people with the business analysis community.
Here’s what Charles had to say about winning the Inter-View prize draw:
Tell us a bit about yourself and your background, personally and professionally.
After matriculating I joined the Government Pensions Administration Agency (GPAA) where I spent 22 years in various roles and was given the opportunity to study, achieving a number of business management qualifications. Currently I work for Sapiens, providing software solutions for the insurance industry.
As passionate as I am about my professional life, the same applies to my personal life which revolves around my family. I am married to Michelle and we have 2 beautiful daughters aged 12 and 15. Any spare time is spent with family and friends around a “braai”.
How did you transition to become a Business Analyst, and what keeps you in the profession?
Most of my career has been spent working in operations. And by analysing inefficiencies and finding ways to improve them, I naturally progressed into the business analysis realm. With my business background and intimate understanding of customer frustrations, with bad processes,
… I can apply my business analysis knowledge to deliver effective and innovative change.
My passion for improving processes and service delivery keeps me in the business analysis profession, and as there will always be room for improvement I will not rest until perfection is achieved.
Congratulations on the win, how does it feel to know you’ll be attending BA Summit Southern Africa 2017?
I must say I never expected to be the lucky winner!! But I am so grateful for the opportunity to attend the BA Summit 2017.
It has been a dream to attend BA Summit since its inception.
Thanks again Joe and Business Change Academy for the opportunity!
Apart from winning the BA Summit tickets, what benefits do you get from the Inter-View Report?
The insights provided by the report are invaluable, put simply
… Inter-View provides me with incredible knowledge, helping me to stay relevant within the profession.
In our ever changing industry and with evolving technologies, I find Inter-View fundamental to my professional growth.
BA Summit opens up a world of opportunity to delegates, what are you especially looking forward to gaining from the conference?
The learnings from industry leaders on the current trends in the business analysis industry is something I’m really looking forward to, and simply
… being able to talk with people who are moving the business analysis community forward …
in South Africa.
Are there any particular topics that you are interested in and will be hoping to catch-up on at the conference?
The hot topic at present is the new framework announced by the IIBA for professional certification, and I am particularly interested in understanding the differences between the award levels and getting more information on a study approach to prepare for the exams.
What excites you about business analysis and the rising prominence of the profession?
As stated earlier, I am extremely passionate about the profession.
What gives me great pride and satisfaction from being a business analyst is seeing a piece of work that I have delivered change lives on different levels.
It not only improves the company’s bottom line, but ultimately impacts the customer in a positive way through improved service delivery!
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.