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Meet Lana Woollgar | Commercial Awareness Delegate

Lana Woollgar Commercial Awareness Delegate

Lana Woollgar is a Business Analyst at The Foschini Group and a recent delegate on our Commercial Awareness Course.

Lana found that she really enjoyed the Commercial Awareness course class approach and interaction amongst delegates, and that she’s gotten great insight into how competing projects can be evaluated and a much better understanding of organisation culture.

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

Tell us a bit about yourself, Lana.

I’ve been working at The Foschini Group in various positions for the past 15 years, and am currently a business analyst with over 10 years experience in the role.

Why did you decide to take the commercial awareness course?

Taking stock of where I was in my career, I needed a challenge to continue to grow my broader business analysis skills.

How will the course help you in your career?

The course has given me a far better understanding of financial analysis, as far as organisational stability and project viability is concerned.

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

Getting sight into and understanding the range of alternative organisational cultures, to the ones I have experienced so far, was a very interesting topic.

What did you enjoy most about the BCMG training experience?

The class interaction and feedback between delegates really contributes towards what makes this training so enjoyable.

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

This course will provide you with great insight into how projects can be evaluated for financial and organisational feasibility.

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

Two down. Two to go – I’m looking forward to Modelling Business Processes next on The Business Analyst Bootcamp.

Lana took the steps to learn invaluable techniques for evaluating project feasibility and to understand the intricacies of organisation culture for managing change. Are you ready to gear up? Download the Commercial Awareness course brochure now.

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Through commercial awareness in-house training, value clothing retailer, Ackermans, are creating a team learning environment that brings together common understanding and tools to embed standard practices within the organisation and as a result are finding and shaping the right questions to ask of their business stakeholders.

To advance their internal business analyst capability, Ackerman’s chose the Commercial Awareness course, which provided Business Analysts with a broader understanding of organisation and the business domain within which their work takes place.

Business analysts have to ask the right questions before embarking on building a system. It is very empowering for business analysts to be able to interpret and shape financial and feasibility models on projects, which this course teaches. says Lawrence.

“Commercial Awareness is aimed at anyone who wants to understand the structure, operation and behaviour of organisations. “Business Analysts, by nature of their business change role, will find the course particularly relevant – as will Programme or Project Managers, Business Architects and Business Managers,” says Joe Newbert MD of Business Change Academy.

The business analysis course, which covers the key areas of Financial Reporting, Budgeting, Costing and Pricing, Evaluating a Financial Case and Organisational Behaviour and Culture, was of particular interest for Ackermans.

We are thrilled to have partnered with Business Change Academy, a leading authority in business analysis, and be participants on a first-of-its-kind business analysis course for the South African market, says Lawrence.

Brian further added, “By presenting this module in-house we create a team learning environment within the organisation where both information technology and business teams, spanning the organisation, work with the same understanding and tools to enhance standard practices within the company,”.

Business Change Academy’s business analysis courses are delivered by practicing industry experts who bring their substantial experience of business change projects and application of business analysis techniques to the programme, to ensure workplace relevant skills.

Are you looking for a flexible model that enables you to customise your business analysis training path? Commercial Awareness is a knowledge-based module of the BCS International Diploma in Business Analysis

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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