Merry Christmas and Happy New Years from the Bluegrass IIBA Chapter. First, because it is now the holiday season and this is the time traditionally known for giving and helping others, we at the Bluegrass IIBA Chapter would like to encourage you to donate your time and knowledge to a group that provides mentorship for youth or professional development for adults. Your successes and challenges can be the greatest lessons learned for others.
This is the time of year in which we look back at the past year and look forward to new challenges. Much of the discussion this past year has been on change. One thing has become clear is that great technological advances has quickened the pace at which the business environment is changing. New technologies and advances in artificial intelligence, digital transformation, robotics and nanotechnology continually disrupt industry business models globally. Retail and the taxi business are prime examples. As we are continually asked to do more with less and deliver faster…the pace is quickened. Business Analysis is the idea skill set and best positioned role to help develop solutions for these organizational change challenges.
This is well demonstrated by what is going on at IIBA® International. In the past eighteen months IIBA has introduced a new four-level, competency-based revamped certification program, new academic program, revamped EEP® program, new Global Thought Leadership program, leadership webinar series that has attracted 4,500 participants, first ever Leadership workshop, new Competency Model, new version of the Agile Extension of the BABOK® Guide, and just this month the new Global Business Analysis Core Standard.
Locally, change was instrumental in helping Bluegrass IIBA Chapter win the 2017 Community Outreach Award from IIBA. We changed our approach to outreach to be more personal. We met with four managers of UK Healthcare to introduce the Chapter, IIBA and show them how we can help mature their business analysis practice. We gave a formal presentation on taking charge of your BA career to over 40 employees of state government with the help of Robbie Perkins, CIO of the Personnel Cabinet. We launched the Small Business Speaker Series in which we highlight local small businesses and learn the similarities and differences between business analysis and entrepreneurship. We also launched our Bluegrass BA Connection newsletter. All this while keeping our educational and social networking programs strong.
These transformations are not going to slow down as we move into 2018. Therefore, our educational program will focus on the skills and techniques business analysts will need in the near future. These include the Business Model Canvas and facilitation skills. We will continue our outreach program to reach more people to let them know how we can help them advance their career to keep pace with the transformations that are happening all around us.
To see how Bluegrass IIBA Chapter can help you keep pace with business transformations of today and prepare for the transformations of tomorrow or how the chapter can help to advance your career; visit our website (bluegrass.iiba.org), join us at any of our events or email us firstname.lastname@example.org.