|The IIBA® is the internationally recognized professional association for the growing field of Business Analysis. This independent non-profit organization was formed in October 2003 with 28 founding members from eight countries. Today, the IIBA® serves the educational and professional needs of more than 4,500 members worldwide.|
|The IIBA has developed and maintains the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge® (BABOK®) which outlines the generally accepted standards and practices for this industry. The organization is also the first to formally recognize the knowledge and expertise of Business Analysts by creating the Certified Business Analysis Professional® (CBAP®) designation. This certification is a dependable performance benchmark for BA’s that is becoming a standard for hiring throughout the business community.|
|An increasing number of organizations across a wide range of industries are realizing that the role of the Business Analyst is vital to the completion of their mission-critical business projects. This is good news for BA’s around the globe.|
The Las Vegas chapter of the IIBA provides local members and those interested in becoming members:
- Information on the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge® (BABOK®)
- Information on becoming an IIBA Certified Business Analysis professional
- Opportunity to learn more about the IIBA
- Networking with fellow Business Analysis professionals
- Information on how you can influence and contribute to the BA profession
- Opportunity to learn and share best practices
- Access to forums to share your expertise and build a reputation within the industry
Please visit http://www.theiiba.org/ to start your registration process by joining the International organization.
What is a Business Analyst?
- A Business Analyst (BA) is an organizer, listener, investigator, facilitator, communicator, collaborator, innovator, and much more!
- A business analyst works as a liaison among stakeholders in order to elicit, analyze, communicate and validate requirements for changes to business processes, policies and information systems. The business analyst understands business problems and opportunities in the context of the requirements and recommends solutions that enable the organization to achieve its goals.
- The role of the BA differs from the role of the Project Manager in that the BA is responsible for defining and managing the scope of a business solution, while the PM is responsible for the work necessary to implement that solution.
- Business Analysts work in a wide range of industries and can have several different job titles. Whatever your role – business analysis, systems analysis, requirements analysis or management, project management, consulting, process improvement – the IIBA can offer you additional knowledge, tools and support to help you work smarter and more efficiently, and improve your overall job performance.
Business analysis is distinct from financial analysis, project management, quality assurance, organizational development, testing, training and documentation development. However, depending on the organization, a business analysis professional may perform some or all of these related functions.
Business analysts can work in different industries and may have different titles and roles. Some of these include:
- A Business Consultant works at a high level to analyze the stakeholder’s business objectives, recommend and develop solutions to address their business problem
- A Business Process Analyst is responsible for analyzing and defining business processes both “As Is” and “To Be”
- A Data Analyst is responsible for logical data model
- A Business Architect models the whole business in terms of goals, data, process, organization
- A Requirements Analyst/Specifier works at a lower level to identify, analyze and document the business requirements and deliver work products through the project life cycle
- A Systems Analyst translates the business requirements into System/Functional requirements, which are then passed to Application Developers
- A Management Consultant assists stakeholders with understanding their strategic goals and how best to accomplish them.
Many business analysts often perform several of these roles, and therefore this position is best filled by an individual with a broad skill set.
The Certified Business Analysis Professional® (CBAP®) designation offers many benefits, both to practitioners earning the certification and to the organizations that employ them.
Benefits to the individual from acquiring and maintaining CBAP® certification may include:
- Demonstrated knowledge of the skills necessary to be an effective Business Analyst.
- A proven level of competence in the principles and practices of business analysis.
- Participation in a recognized professional group.
- Recognition of professional competence by professional peers and management.
- Advanced career potential due to recognition as a professional Business Analysis practitioner.
Benefits to the organization resulting from employees acquiring CBAP® certification may include:
- Establishment and implementation of Business Analysis best practices as outlined in the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge® (BABOK®) by individuals acknowledged as knowledgeable and skilled.
- More reliable, higher quality results produced with increased efficiency and consistency.
- Identification of professional Business Analysts to clients and business partners.
- Professional development and recognition for experienced Business Analysts.
- Demonstrated commitment to the field of Business Analysis, increasingly recognized as a vital component of any successful project.