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Where is business analysis going? The BA Career Path

  • 17 Mar 2016
  • 17:30 - 20:30
  • Discovery - Auditorium - 155 West Street, Sandton
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  • For members of the South African Chapter of IIBA

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Have you thought about your career in business analysis, where is it going and where can you gain the skills to keep you on top of your game.

Join fellow business analysis practitioners and enthusiasts for networking and two presentations on these topics.

First, Martin Pienaar will talk about "Where is business analysis going? The BA Career Path" and then, Lara Suddes will talk about "Where BAs can upskill online".

Featured Talk Synopsis:

The future of Business Analysis has never looked more exciting or intimidating – depending on which perspective one comes from. In a dynamic environment where both technology and business models rapidly change, the ways in which software is being delivered vary significantly and feature markedly different turnaround times.

When one considers the impact of competing on a global scale, it is understandable that companies are increasingly outsourcing work as well as implementing flexible staffing solutions to afford them optimum agility. All of these changes are affecting the world of the professional Business Analyst.

Whether you plan to stay a BA for the duration of your career, hope to evolve into a management role or dream of entering another part of the innovation chain, this discussion will offer insights that will assist in cultivating a fruitful career. These insights will, amongst other things, pivot around the skills required within the modern Business Analysis environment, the career paths and opportunities available to someone pursuing a career in business analysis as well as the ever-evolving remuneration in the industry.

Anyone interested in progressing or changing their careers will benefit from this discussion.

Main takeaways:

  • Tips for keeping your skills up to date so as to be relevant in a changing technological world;
  • Stay in touch with ways that technology is evolving;
  • Are your earnings staying current in a market where demand is increasing?

About the Speakers

Martin Pienaar

Business, cutting-edge technology,education, community service and fitness: these are Martin Pienaar’s chief passions.

The first four are evident in the companyhe co-owns, Mindworx, which was founded in 2002 and isnow one of South Africa's most successful human capital resource providers.Through its consulting, contracting and resourcing practices, Mindworx provideshighly specialised technical skills to leading financial services organisations,not just in South Africa but increasingly intosub-Saharan Africa too.   Martin’s deep interest in transformationled to the creation of the innovative Mindworx Academy. Coupling his passionsfor education and community service, Mindworx Academy addresses two of SouthAfrica's most pressing problems: high unemployment rates and, ironically, asignificant skills gap within employers.   

The skills and experience that have enabled Martin’s achievementsinclude an entrepreneurial, start-up mentality and a deep affinity withtechnology.   A strategic and visionary thinker, he is a natural problemsolver and brings his open-minded approach to finding ways to improve educationin South Africa.   On a personal level, Martin’s love of fitness has seen himcomplete the notoriously difficult Cape Epic cycle race. A highly sociable cookand foodie, he enjoys spending time with his family, getting out on his boatover weekends, and devouring business books and biographies.   

As COO of Mindworx he is responsible for marketing, finance,analytics, IT, the Mindworx Academy and permanent recruitment teams. Martin is aqualified Chartered Accountant and is a member of the South African Instituteof Chartered Accountants.

Lara Suddes

Lara is currently self-employed as a Business Analysis and Training Consultant. For the past 4 years, Lara has been a consultant lecturer and assessor for the Certification and Diploma in Business Analysis courses at Faculty Training Institute (an EOH division). 

Lara worked at MTN until June 2015, her last position: Learning Technology Analyst for the Global Learning and Development Centre of Excellence who provide learning solutions for over 30,000 learners worldwide. Lara was responsible for overseeing and serving as the business systems analyst, system administrator, & lead trainer for the SumTotal Learning Management System. Lara mentored & coached a team of 69 system administrators across 25 countries. Travelling internationally to deliver training as well as through on-line virtual classrooms. Lara's role included technical project manager for bespoke eLearning courses and was responsible for compiling the quarterly learning & development report for EXCO and the Integrated Annual Report. Lara won numerous supplier and internal awards both individually and as part of a team for work during her employ at MTN.

Prior to MTN, Lara worked for the SAS Institute (Pty) Ltd where her role was to deliver Software Training and Technical Support. Lara's experience extends further than information systems and training. She worked as a key member of the graphic design and slide presentation team at JSA Design International, which later began Adcorp Graphics. This experience resulted in Lara becoming a partner of a small business, Executive Slide Presentations, whose product was to design and develop slide presentations for large corporates like Richard Bay Minerals and Smith-Kline Beecham, amongst others.

Later this entrepreneurial experience allowed her to – whilst volunteering on several outreach projects - raise considerable funds to benefit the historically disadvantaged. Her role on these projects was of event project manager.

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