Congratulations to our newest CBAP® Recipient...Bogdan Superceanu!
Bogdan Superceanu, MD, MHI passed the IIBA® CBAP® Certification exam on Sunday, March 21, 2021! He took the BABOK Study Group provided by the Bluegrass IIBA Chapter during summer 2020.
Bogdan is a Business Analyst at CGI Group Inc. He has a Master of Health Informatics (MHI) and 15+ years of Healthcare IT industry experience. Bogdan was involved for a long time with a suite of healthcare applications that link physicians, pharmacies, and health facilities to enable the electronic exchange of medication information. He worked in application development, application maintenance/support and systems integration using the HL7 standard for healthcare applications interoperability.
Bogdan lives in Edmonton, Canada with wife Daniela, and son Andi.
Congratulations to our newest IIBA®-AAC Certification Recipient!!!
Bill Powers, CBAP, AAC passed the IIBA®-AAC certification exam on Friday, March 26, 2021! He took the Agile Analysis Study Group provided by the Bluegrass IIBA Chapter in 2019. He put obtaining the IIBA® Agile Analysis Certification on his personal growth plan at work for this year.
Bill is a Business Analyst in the Enterprise Business Consulting Group at Republic Bank & Trust. He is a highly accomplished, innovative and team spirited professional with several years of experience in Business Analysis, Project Management, Client Service Management, Operations and Benefit Administration. Bill lives in Louisville, KY with wife Andrea, son William and daughter Alison.
He obtained his Certified Business Analysis Professional™ (CBAP®) certification in October 2018. Be sure to congratulate Bill on his accomplishment.
Check out our next Agile Analysis Study Group.
Congratulations to our newest CBAP recipient!!!
Dolores Vadi has 30 years experience in the healthcare industry including 19 years at a software development company that specializes in Clinical Laboratory and Genetics Information Systems (LIS/GIS). In addition to obtaining her Certified Business Analyst Professional™ (CBAP®) certification she holds a Master’s degree in Biomedical Informatics.
Dolores enrolled in the Summer 2020 BABOK® v3 Study Group provided by Bluegrass IIBA Chapter. She attributes the format of the course, the knowledgeable instructors, and the additional practice exams purchased from Watermark as contributing to her first-time success in passing the CBAP® exam on January 29, 2021.
Dolores is a member of both IIBA® and the Bluegrass IIBA Chapter. She looks forward to continuing to hone her BA skills both at the workplace and in service to the Chapter.
Check out our next: Fall 2021 BABOK v3 Study Group.
Check out our discussion with Dolores in our BAs on the Street Podcast.
Changes are coming from IIBA® in the next month or so that affect members and non-members alike. Among these changes in the creation of a “Connections” community, which will have access to IIBA resources and webinars. So, if you are not an IIBA member you will have access to IIBA public webinars. In the changes, if you have a profile on the IIBA website (iiba.org) that does not have an IIBA chapter identified in the IIBA Chapter field on your profile, you will be placed in this “Connections” community. If you want resources offered by your local IIBA Chapter or Bluegrass IIBA Chapter, then check and, if necessary, change the IIBA chapter on your IIBA profile. By selecting a chapter, you have the resources of that chapter and the Connections community.
The Bluegrass IIBA Chapter is a vibrant chapter where you get the best support for your BA Career. In November 2020 the Bluegrass Chapter won the IIBA Chapter of the Year Award, a significant achievement where the Bluegrass IIBA Chapter competed against all other chapters globally. Bluegrass IIBA offers resources such as study groups, professional development, and opportunities to network with other Business Analysts across the globe. We partner with other chapters on remote attendance events that are of interest to our members and community.
If you have an IIBA chapter that is local to you that supports your BA career, then you should identify them on your IIBA profile. If you don’t have a local chapter or you get more support for your BA career from the Bluegrass IIBA Chapter, then we would appreciate you changing your IIBA Chapter to “USA_Kentucky_Bluegrass”. Even if you are not an IIBA member this is a way to tell IIBA that you are part of the Bluegrass business analysis community, even if you are not in Kentucky. The Bluegrass Chapter has serviced business analysis professionals across North America and globally for over three years. The Bluegrass Chapter enjoys being of service to the Business Analysis community and we would greatly appreciate your taking the time to select “USA_Kentucky_Bluegrass” as your IIBA Chapter!
This is the last field in the Primary Information on your IIBA profile. Please verify your IIBA Chapter and, if necessary, change it today!
Here is how to check and change your IIBA Chapter: https://bluegrass.iiba.org/Chapter-News/9354318
IIBA® Announcement on Membership Harmonization: https://www.iiba.org/business-analysis-membership/membership-harmonization/#faqs
Did you know that you can see all the Bluegrass IIBA Chapter events you attended in the past so you can claim your Professional Development Hours (PD Hours) or Continuing Education Units (CDUs) for your IIBA® Certification? The Bluegrass IIBA website has a self-service function for you to see the events for which you have attended and are registered.
Login to the Bluegrass IIBA Chapter homepage (https://bluegrass.iiba.org) click on the person icon on the top of the page. Then click on “View Profile” in the dropdown options.
On your profile page, click the “My event registrations”.
The list of events you attended in the past and are registered for in the future appear. If you registered for an event in the past but did not attend, your registration was cancelled so it will not appear on this list.
Following each event, you will get an email from Bluegrass Chapter with PD Hours and CDU information to enter on your IIBA® Certification application or renewal. If you are missing an email with that information or have any questions about claiming PD Hours or CDUs for IIBA certification, please email our Vice President of Professional Development at Professional@bluegrass.iiba.org.
Congratulations to our newest CBAP recipient!
Ann Hage, CBAP
Ann Hage has worked in the healthcare industry for over 30 years. For the past 15 years, she has worked for a software development company that specializes in building laboratory/genetics information systems (LIS). In her role as a product specialist, she has worked on various LIS replacement projects for new hospitals / laboratories as well as software enhancement requests for existing clients.
Ann’s decision to pursue a certification in Business Analysis came after spending a significant amount of time on a large, international LIS replacement project. Although she was confident in her skills, she felt she was lacking the formal training and tools to take her career to the next level.
Ann enrolled in the Winter 2020 BABOK® v3 Study Group which concluded in April 2020 and passed the CBAP® exam on November 16, 2020. Ann attributes her first-time success in passing the exam to the format of the study group, the approachability and accessibility of the instructors both during and outside of the classroom, the practice exams administered during the weekly sessions and the practice exams purchased through Watermark.
With a newly obtained certification under her belt, Ann is continually building her BA toolkit and is excited for what the future holds.
Check out our next: Spring 2021 BABOK v3 Study Group.
Ann will be our CBAP mentor for our next IIBA® Certification Screen-side Chat webinar.
I recently decided to pursue the IIBA® and IEEE® Certificate in Cybersecurity Analysis (IIBA®-CCA), and would like to share my experience with those of you who might want to know more about it. Last year my employer had decided to implement the NIST cybersecurity framework across our entire enterprise; that along with the continued increase in potential security threats throughout our daily lives encouraged me to increase my cybersecurity knowledge. After approximately six weeks of study and preparation I was able to successfully pass the exam.
The CCA exam consists of 75 multiple choice questions that have to be answered within 90 minutes. In addition to paying the exam fee, I decided to purchase the IIBA’s Cybersecurity Analysis Learning Materials, which includes a PDF document that covers the content and an interactive set of eLearning modules. The modules include a full practice exam as well as frequent practice questions scattered throughout the material. These followed a wide variety of formats, and even through they did not follow the strict multiple-choice format of the actual exam I felt they were effective in helping me learn the material and be successful with the exam.
I found preparing for the exam with the study materials to be very useful and enlightening. I had quite a bit of familiarity with many of the topics from past experience, but I was exposed to several areas that were new to me. The material does an excellent job of relating the concepts to the BABOK and to the practice of Business Analysis in general. The PDF document will be an excellent resource for future reference.
I recommend that other BA’s consider pursuing the CCA, even if your work does not directly focus on cybersecurity. It’s an area that we all should be knowledgeable in these days, and an awareness of it will enhance practically any project on which you may be working.
More info about the CCA can be found a IIBA Cybersecurity Analysis Certification page.
"Bluegrass IIBA Chapter is offering a 50% discount on chapter membership for a limited time", announced Diane Teague, Vice President of Membership. She added "the chapter is doing very well because of a great professional development program and membership numbers are higher than anticipated; the Board decided to give back to the community by reducing the price of membership to make it more available for everyone."
Aaron Whittenberger, Vice President of Professional Development noted that the Bluegrass IIBA Chapter study groups have been increasing the number of students they attract for the past five years, including students from countries outside of North America. "In 2019, we added an Agile Analysis Study Group; in 2020, we ran three BABOK study groups, each with increased registrations; and in 2021, we added a Business Data Analytics Study Group." Bluegrass IIBA Chapter has truly become the "training chapter" for IIBA. Aaron also noted that "we added three BA career courses this year designed to support the BA throughout their career from novice to the senior professional." He added, "the BA Fundamentals (BA101) class begins in February and already has 16 students registered."
Chapter President, Kathy Leigh, said "with our charter sponsor, The Solarity Group, renewing their support of our programs for the seventh year in a row, and having a Premier sponsor in SoftEd; we felt that this will be another great year for the chapter." She added "we wanted more people to be able to take advantage of our professional development program and be active with our chapter, we felt the best way to accomplish those goals is to reduce the price of membership."
Chapter membership does still require membership in the chapter's parent association, the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA) (www.iiba.org). Once you join IIBA, you may join Bluegrass IIBA Chapter for $18 per year. This limited time offer may be ended without notice.
IIBA® is near giving us IIBA members the ability to pay their international and local chapter member dues in one transaction. They are targeting implementation in Q1 or Q2 of 2021. Whether you are an IIBA member or not, to inform IIBA which chapter is your local or preferred IIBA chapter, please check your chapter selection on your IIBA profile.
Bluegrass IIBA Chapter has members and participants in most of the 50 states and around the world. Our study groups and events have been attracting national and international participation for a few years. We have members in Canada, UK, Australia, Morocco, Nigeria and South Africa to name a few. Since Bluegrass IIBA Chapter broadcasts and records all its meetings and some of these people do not have an IIBA chapter near them, they are able to participate in our programs.
If you have another chapter that is local to you, we certainly understand that; however, if Bluegrass Chapter is where you get the most support for your BA career, we ask you to change your chapter selection on your IIBA profile to 'USA_Kentucky_Bluegrass'.
To do so, login to the IIBA website (https://iiba.org). Once you are logged in, click on your name in the top ribbon of the page. Then select Profile on the dropdown options menu.
Scroll down your profile, after your personal information is the ‘Chapter’ field (last field in the Primary Information area). Change this to “USA_Kentucky_Bluegrass” if it doesn’t already say that.
Take a minute to check it now.
Thank you for making this change.
IIBA is offering a 20% rebate on all IIBA Certification exam fees for remainder of the year! If IIBA Certification is in your future, pay for the exam by December 31, 2020 to get 20% exam fee rebate.
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