In terms of your BA journey and career, are you ahead of the curve or behind it? Are you calling the shots, climbing the ladder, getting ahead and driving out business value? These are just some of the figures of speech used when describing our career paths or journeys. The “new mantra” is continuous upskilling!
Join us as we discover, explore and share insights into some of the curve balls: disruptive technologies, evolving business models and shifting paradigms that increasingly impact on the role of the Business Analysis professional in a transforming world. Learn how Business Analysis professionals are breaking moulds, discovering new competencies or redefining old ones, doing business differently, leading business change, building better solutions and unlocking business value!
Businesses are under increasing pressure to remain relevant and competitive in the marketplace. We need to adapt to disruption and deliver meaningful value to customers faster, without compromising on quality or incurring technical debt along the way. The old ways of approaching strategy are not able to keep up with the complexity, or the pace of transformation in this digital age. This has presented a unique opportunity for Business Analysis professionals to step into the strategic space.
We are ideally placed to advise and drive strategy in these demanding times, with our in-depth knowledge of products, processes, industry and competitors; our empathetic understanding of customers; our entrepreneurial mind-set focused on delivering maximal value for minimal costs; and our unique skillset geared towards working with a variety of people to solve complex problems. Welcome to the world of Strategic Business Analysis!
What competencies and techniques will help Business Analysis professionals enable organisations to transform and realise value? With the avalanche of new products, new technologies and new ways of working, there’s a need to develop techniques that enable change agents to work efficiently. How can we develop and augment competencies, skills and techniques in order to enable organisations to work more efficiently? How can we respond to needs quicker, increase production efficiencies, realise better business outcomes and increase value to make better business decisions?
‘’As technology becomes more sophisticated, it’s not the technology itself that’s driving change – it’s us. We’re putting technology to work to disrupt ourselves’’ (Accenture Technology Vision, 2017). The digital age has erupted, and Business Analysis professionals find themselves surrounded by a sea of emerging technologies such as Robotic Process Automation (RPA), Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IOT), Machine Learning, Blockchain, Fintechs, Big data analytics, mobile apps and more. These technologies are shaping the way in which organisations are doing business and servicing their customers. It is therefore becoming increasingly important for Business Analysis professionals to be familiar with such technologies to propose relevant and up to date solutions to their organisations.
Additionally, other trends such as UX, Design Thinking and DevOps are shaping the way in which Business Analysis professionals perform their work. The aim of this track is to enlighten and empower Business Analysis professionals about these trends and for them to go back to their organisations with new insights and ways of applying such trends in their environment.