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Sparx Systems is proudly sponsoring the Building Business Capability (BBC) conference, the official event of the International Institute of Business Analysis (#IIBA) at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, during Oct 31 - Nov 4.
The @BBCapability event provides attendees with insight into Business Analysis & Architecture, Business Rules & Strategy, plus Business Strategy & Transformation, in the pursuit of business excellence. A delegation from Sparx Systems will showcase the powerful Business Transformation features within Enterprise Architect.
Enterprise Architect posseses a powerful suite of features, specifically targetted at the Business Analysis profession - From the initial, yet critical Requirements Engineering stages of any project, through to Business Modeling, Business Process Simulation and onwards to Documentation.
Sparx Systems is also in partnership with the BBC event host IIBA, working closely with chapters and the core leadership team towards the provision of a reference model of the Business Analysis Body Of Knowledge (BABOK).
For more details about the BBC event, and Sparx Systems' involvement at the event, please visit the BBC website.
IIBA Japan, in conjunction with a number of organisations, will be hosting the 'C3' Business Analysis conference during early June located at Fukurashia Shinagawa Crystal Square
'C3' aims to encapsulate 'Change by Creative Collaboration' by creating a forum for attendees to share ideas with a 'fusion of knowledge' based on change management.
Sparx Systems Japan will be an exhibitor and also conducting a 45 minute presentation at the event - additional details will be available in the future.
Dates: June 10 and 11
Venue: Fukurashia Shinagawa Crystal Square
For more details please visit the event website (in Japanese): http://www.iiba-japan.org/news/topics/c3-change-by-creative-collaboration.html
“It's not the technology that's scary; it's what it does to the relations between people that's scary”
- Robert M. Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
We are all aware that we are living in a period of unprecedented disruption where everything that we thought as being the status quo, business as usual, is changing rapidly. Technology ‘disrupts existing markets and value networks, displacing established market leaders and alliances’. Popular examples are Uber which is challenging the taxi industry model. Then there is AirBnB challenging the accommodation industry model and 3D printing which is challenging the manufacturing model.
However, in a recent interview Jay Scanlan and Paul Wilmot from McKinsey, posit that unlike a pure play disrupter such as Uber, “our incumbent organizations and our incumbent clients have a broader range of concerns that they need to address. And they have a broader range of customer needs and consumer demands that they want to fulfill.”
Unlike start ups, incumbent organizations hold valuable assets like people, finance and data, etc. Scanlan and Wilmot pose the question as to how incumbents will strategically use these assets to defend themselves against aggressive competition, as digital disrupts their industry.
Agile... The New Norm:
In the face of this change, the adoption of Agile approaches to project management is growing. It is expected that in 2016 the US Federal Government General Services Administration will solicit bids for a number of major agile projects. This follows the piloting of agile projects last year by 18F, an agile development consulting arm, within General Services Administration.
A recent survey of development and IT professionals, shows that Agile is now the norm. The majority of development teams and projects now embrace the methodology, while pure waterfall approaches are in the minority. The study conducted by HP in 2014 consisted of an online survey of 601 software developers and IT professionals representing over 600 organisations, where 400 + described themselves as “pure agile”.
According to Gartner “Digital business will require application leaders to explore development outside of traditional IT and to ensure fast-paced incremental releases in order to be competitive.” Just as digital transformation is changing role of application leaders such as the CIO, so too it is impacting the role of the Business Analyst (BA) in the private and public sectors.
The Agile Business Analyst:
The BA has traditionally embraced the rapids of change much like a canoeist. Using the IIBA Body of Knowledge (BABOK) as both their map and compass, they engage the volatility and uncertainty of change. With an innate capability they navigate successful transits, piloting by their experience and understanding of the different currents and hazards.
Agile presents great opportunity for the BA. In the process of connecting people and engendering understanding, improving product quality and increasing customer satisfaction, they have the potential to play many roles, to become the consultant.
A key finding of the HP survey was that the majority of participants agreed that “the primary motivators for Agile adoption are associated with improving team collaboration and increasing software quality and customer satisfaction.”
Becoming increasingly involved in Agile projects and addressing the growth in the variety of concerns of the stakeholder (the Customer) will require that the BA leverage the use of Agile tools. This technology will enable the BA to help their clients find ways to make Agile work for them.
BABOK 3.0 Reference Model - an Agile Approach:
This Reference Model provides case studies covering every knowledge area, task and technique in the BABOK Guide. Each case study contains hundreds of examples utilizing diagrams, matrices, charts, documents, and a plethora of tools. This functionality with many others is combined with the power of Enterprise Architect.
The Reference Model links the BABOK 3.0 to a rich and complete User Guide that provides help and guidance with every aspect of using Enterprise Architect. Sparx Systems Enterprise Architect is the control center supporting real time collaborative Enterprise Architecture planning, building, testing, deployment and communication across all domains and stakeholders.
Enterprise Agile Adoption:
As the constraints of the traditional enterprise architecture approach are replaced by the force of digital convergence and transformation, executives seek agile enterprise architecture approaches and technologies that are fit for purpose. The tools deployed to manage that architecture are critical to the success of digital transformation.
Detailed descriptions in the Reference Model will teach the Business Analysts how to use the tool to complete tasks and perform techniques including process modeling and requirements management. Videos, slideshows and white papers add to the rich set of guidance that will help BA's become an Agile Business Analyst assisting organizations to become more purposeful in how they choose to adopt Agile.
Seeking customer feedback and quickly improving the product, fuels the success of many disruptive technologies. This is the approach of Sparx Systems to the ongoing development of Enterprise Architect. As Sparx Systems CEO, Geoff Sparks notes, “Agile development provides a shared and flexible team experience through complete transparency, iterative development and constant feedback - it has been the essential design goal of Enterprise Architect for over a decade and it will remain just as valid today.”
- Product Feature Page: Tools & Techniques for BABOK Guide v3
- Company Announcement: IIBA Announces Strategic Partnership with Sparx Systems
- Enterprise Architect User Guide: Business Analysis Body of Knowledge (BABOK)
Event: IIBA® Business Analysis Professional Day
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Date: 19th October 2015 (8am-5pm)
The IIBA® Business Analysis Professional Day is a highly interactive, conference-style event and is the official conference of the IIBA Australia Chapter. Attendees from a diverse range of industries will have the opportunity to share ideas about how to face the challenges of modern business analysis.
The Business Analysis Professional Day will include a number of specialist streams from some of the most respected experts in the world of business analysis who will share practical skills that can be immediately put to use
The event is an excellent networking opportunity. Attendees from a diverse range of industries will have the opportunity to share ideas about how to face the challenges of modern business analysis.
Whether you are new to business analysis or an advanced practitioner, the Business Analysis Professional Day will help you to advance your skills and knowledge.
Sparx Systems - Silver Sponsor
Sparx Systems proudly supports this event as a Silver Sponsor and will be in attendance to showcase Enterprise Architect.
Attendees to this event will also be able talk to key personnel from Sparx Systems to discuss how Enterprise Architect can be used in their business environment.
A “Business Analysis Survey “was conducted by Sparx Systems (India), in collaboration with BA Convention and IIBA™ at Bangalore , India.
The outcome of the survey revealed some interesting insights about the Business Analysis in India, which is garnering increasing importance in the realms of the Indian IT industry.
Though it was an elaborate survey which covered various aspects of business analysis in India, the below responses are more relevant to this EA user community
- Requirements gathering and Use Cases writing are still the primary tasks assigned to Business Analysts
- 75 % of the participants agree that one third of the project efforts are spent on corrections or repetitions
- 80 % of the participants advocated the usage of Requirements Management and Business Modelling tools improve the quality of projects
- 62 % of the respondents felt that initial upfront cost involved in procuring and training of modelling tools act as a deterrent
This is a strong indicator that the Business Analysts and organizations are looking for a Cost effective , Easy to Learn and Comprehensive tool to address their needs.
Enterprise Architect is the potential tool to address the above demands with
Rich Feature Set
Enterprise Architect’s Requirements Management, Use Case Modelling, Business Process Modelling, End to End Traceability and Project Management capabilities helps organizations to eliminate usage of multiple tools.
Enterprise Architect 11 provides a number of features including the Specification Manager, Charts and Dashboards, Enhanced Docx documentation, OSLC support and much, much more. Each of these features will address the needs of the Business Analysts.
Easy to use:
The intuitive IDE of Enterprise Architect enables ease of Use and quick learning, even for the non-technical associates.
Compared to other traditional Business Modelling tools, Enterprise Architect is less expensive and can address the cost concerns of Business Analysts.
With its rich feature set, ease of use and cost effective advantage, Enterprise Architect is the right choice for the Global Organizations who have their extended presence in India through outsourcing or subsidiaries.
Please click here for the details of the survey.