IndigoCube, South Africa’s systems modernisation software lifecycle and business analysis specialist, has become an Endorsed Education Provider (EEP) of the International Institute for Business Analysis (IIBA). This means its students gain knowledge that is aligned with the IIBA’s Body of Knowledge (BABOK).
The IIBA has more than 4 000 members in more than 30 countries. The IIBA was formed in October 2003 in the US and Canada and is an independent non-profit professional association. A South African Chapter is being constituted at present.
“Being aligned with the IIBA means we gain networking opportunities with leaders in this field from around the world; access to online forums; and the assurance that the quality of our approach is aligned with the world’s leading standards” says Ziaan Hattingh, MD of IndigoCube. “All of our programmes are aligned with the IIBA’s BABOK using internationally recognised course material and methodologies.”
There is currently a shortage of business analysts in South Africa. Business analysts address the communication gap between businesses and IT departments. They address this by understanding business requirements and translating these for the IT department who then provide solutions to business. The failure to address this communication gap adequately in the past has cost industry billions in failed, late or inadequate systems.
“Business analysts must be of the highest standard if they’re going to perform for their organisations,” says Hattingh. “Officially incorporating the global standard in the form of the IIBA’s BABOK means that we’re always aligned with the best the world has to offer and, through its networking and forums, exposed to the most advanced thinking and experience on the subject.”
Hattingh says the IIBA is fulfilling a valuable role and is an important step along the road to formalising the industry.
Business analyst training and development must be of the highest order if the country is to adequately respond to the business community’s need for high quality information systems.
“There are various training institutions that train business analysts, and the IIBA ensures the Endorsed Education Providers meet a consistent, minimum standard,” says Hattingh. “But they need to go beyond the minimum if they are to fulfil corporate South Africa’s truly pressing need.”
IndigoCube offers a three-tiered programme to develop business analysts, consisting of graduate development, organisation-specific training and business analysis enablement. In addition, it assists organisations with business analysis alignment, a service that consists of business analysis maturity assessments that result in ailored solutions designed specifically for individual organisations.
All tiers of the programme commence with an assessment of the people and the technologies and processes that they use as practising business analysts.