Bluegrass IIBA Chapter to Assist Businesses Increase the Effectiveness of their Enterprise-wide Business Analysis Practice…

Tuesday, January 12, 2016 4:54 PM | Marketing IIBA Bluegrass (Administrator)


In November 2015 at the Building Business Capability Conference in Las Vegas, Stephen Ashworth, President and CEO of International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA®), announced to their Corporate Members that IIBA will increase their focus for the future on the enterprise-wide practice.  As part of this announcement, IIBA announced the upcoming 2016 release of the Enterprise Business Analysis Core Competency (EBACC) Assessment Framework to assist businesses assess and increase the effectiveness of their enterprise-wide business analysis practice.


“With the recent IIBA announcement on their increased focus on the enterprise-wide practice we expect to see a resurgence of BACoEs within companies and we wish to help organizations in the Bluegrass take advantage of the value that a BACoE can bring to the enterprise.” says Aaron Whittenberger, President of the Bluegrass IIBA Chapter.  Business Analysis Center of Excellence (BACoE) and Business Analysis Community of Practice (BACoP) help organization standardize the level of business analysis services across the enterprise.  They also increase the level of business analysis service delivered to the enterprise by teaching the full role of business analysis to the business analysis practitioners within the organization.  By providing professional development, using internal and external resources, to the business analysts within the organization and standardizing business analysis processes and procedures a BACoE or BACoP increases the level of business analysis services delivered to the enterprise.


John Batts, Vice President of Community Outreach for Bluegrass IIBA Chapter, was instrumental in helping Xerox to become an IIBA Corporate Member within the last year.  John is a Technical Requirements Analyst at Xerox and worked with his management to demonstrate the value of IIBA Corporate Membership to Xerox.  Xerox has a BACoE headquartered in Rochester, NY. “We have many resources that can help organizations implement and mature a BACoP or BACoE within their organization” says John Batts.  John continues “we will gather together organizations that have a BACoP and those that wish to implement one to have discussions on starting and maturing a BACoP”.


Bluegrass IIBA Chapter is now looking for businesses in the Bluegrass region--whether they are for profit, not-for-profit or government agency—who have or are interested in a Business Analysis Center of Excellence (BACoE) or Business Analysis Community of Practice (BACoP).  “Once we find the organizations interested in a BACoP, we will hold roundtable discussions with these organizations so they can learn from the companies that have a mature BACoP and introduce them to additional resources to mature their BACoP” says John Batts.  Aaron Whittenberger added “Once IIBA releases the EBACC framework, we will evaluate it and add that to the resources we already have for BACoEs”.


So if you are interested in standardizing and raising the level of business analysis service within your enterprise, contact John Batts at Community@bluegrass.iiba.orgto discuss your interest in the roundtable discussions on BACoE/BACoP.


  • Thursday, January 14, 2016 9:32 PM | Aaron Whittenberger, CBAP
    I heard a new term for this. I was speaking to a colleague on Tuesday who told me they have a BA Center of Competency (BACoC). There may be small differences between these concepts, but by whatever name you may call it the concept is to raise the level of business analysis service that is delivered to the enterprise.
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  • Wednesday, January 27, 2016 2:10 PM | Aaron Whittenberger, CBAP, CSPO, AAC, CPOA (Administrator)
    I received this response from Toyota:

    We have BA’s in both IT and the Business. This function is decentralized by business functional unit within both organizations. Much of the time we have to “lean in” and provide strong business leadership when defining the ideal business process prior to building a new system. Within our new integrated North America Manufacturing, Engineering, and Sales IT organization, we have over 100 BA’s.

    I would be interested to learn more about the BACoE and understand how this would benefit our team.
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