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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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Putting Strategic Business Analysis Theory Into Practice

Putting Strategic Business Analysis Theory Into Practice News

Revealing that Business Change Academy’s Business Analysis Practice course principles are helping her clients to better consider the holistic picture of their business strategy, Jeanette Venter, Project Manager at Aurecon, is positively guiding her key business stakeholders to make the right project decisions when moving forward.

“While facilitating a workshop to unpack detailed requirements with my client — who has high-interest and high-influence — I drew the POPIT model on the whiteboard, from the learnings I acquired on BCMG’s Business Analysis Practice course.

Referring to each element of POPIT, I highlighted to the project team the need to ensure that the IT solution works within the bigger environment, and was able to ask pertinent questions regarding the organisational context, processes impacted and people affected,” says Jeanette.

This approach to managing project stakeholders helped Jeanette make a breakthrough, as towards the end of the workshop, another key stakeholder requested sessions with end-users to discuss their perspective.

“In my role I always try to maintain that the ‘client is always right’, meaning at times I need to subtly influence them.

The techniques I learnt on BCMG’s training helped me achieve what was needed — my client began to recognise the other stakeholders situations. Not just by deriving new requirements, but also by their willingness to understand the change’s overall operational feasibility,” says Jeanette.

The typical disconnects between different stakeholder perspectives can leave organisational disconnects between strategy and tactics, which ultimately cause fundamental problems with the implementation of business system changes.

Jeanette shares that “Resistance to change is one of the biggest challenges we face, and it is a significant obstacle to overcome. We are the ‘middle man’, having to balance the business needs and keeping the client happy, whilst understanding the end user’s challenges and managing their frustrations. And it’s our job to close that gap.”

Not only did Jeanette put the strategic business analysis theory into practice, she was also able to use the outputs from the workshop create quality project deliverables and expedite project delivery. “In addition to POPIT, we also drew the high-level business processes on the whiteboard, which I later formalised in Visio, and we then workshopped them again a second time round to ensure understanding and agree that we were making the right key decisions’” says Jeanette.

Jeanette found the course content extremely relevant, and believes that any project manager or business analyst involved in business systems projects will benefit from the training. She says,

Many projects are typically considered to be IT projects, but realising the true implications for the business environment goes a long way to making everybody happy!”

You can read more about Jeanette’s training experience here and learn more about the Certificate in Business Analysis Practice here, which leads to 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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Equipping Business Analysts With Strategic Expertise

Equipping Business Analysts With Strategic Expertise News

With a modern curriculum that guides a focus on practical, real-world knowledge, skills and abilities, Business Change Academy are equipping business analysts with strategic expertise that is helping them to develop competitive, feasible and effective business solutions for the organisations in which they are operating.

From 22-25 May 2017 Business Change Academy are presenting their revered four day Business Analysis Practice course in Cape Town, with the highly-practical course providing attendees the essential skills to analyse and improve business situations when investigating organisational systems and efficiencies.

The course is ideally suited to any person requiring an understanding of strategic business analysis and who want to raise their business analysis savvy. Typical attendees include business analysts, business consultants, business managers and their staff, business change managers and project managers.

At the end of this course delegates will be able to:

  • Facilitate how a business strategy is developed and use strategic analysis techniques
  • Guide the need for project discipline and deliverables from business analysis studies
  • Drive an approach and use techniques to investigate and improve business systems
  • Perform stakeholder management and apply stakeholder analysis techniques
  • Apply techniques for the analysis and modelling of business activities and systems
  • Identify and formulate business recommendations for organisational improvement
  • Draft a rigorous business case, identifying costs, benefits, impacts and risks

Critically, each of 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 course, to ensure work-place relevant skills.

“Practical sessions utilise real-life case studies to apply a range of strategic analysis, performance management and business analysis techniques within a defined framework,” says Joe Newbert, MD of Business Change Academy.

Strategic Business Analysis is a core module in the International Diploma in Business Analysis, endorsed by the IIBA®. The course earns 21 professional development hours (PD hours) and is aligned with version 3.0 of A Guide to the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge® (BABOK® Guide™).

Seize this opportunity and book now to learn a broad range of knowledge, skills and techniques with BCMG’s course in Business Analysis Practice, from 22-25 May 2017 in Cape Town.

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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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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Finding and Shaping The Right Questions To Ask

Finding and Shaping The Right Questions To Ask News

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

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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!

Are you aspiring to be modern business analyst? Get business analysis mastery through our Certificate Programme in Business Analysis

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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.