Business Analysis must be one of the most interesting careers in the world but not often spoken of or acknowledged!
As Business Analysts we identify and define solutions, be they solutions to business problems or automation or innovation, or any number of issues. We’re constantly upskilling ourselves and looking for better methods and more efficient techniques to fulfil our roles whether it’s through informative webinars, social media discussions or blogs. The annual BA Summit Southern Africa is the ideal platform where professionals can share their knowledge, insights and techniques.
For years I have heard about the BA Summit on social media platforms and I’ve wanted to attend for the longest time. I wanted to experience it and wanted to know what it was all about. My prayers were answered when I saw a post on the Faculty Training Institute (FTI) Facebook page about the BA Summit 2019 competition and I entered immediately. The entry was simple, just tag two friends and share the post. A few weeks after entering the competition I received a message from the FTI Brand Manager saying I had won the competition. This came to me as a huge surprise because I have never won anything!
My mind was all over the place, not knowing what to expect. I was pleasantly enlightened. From my arrival on the first day and from the first keynote speaker Paula Bell, I was inspired. Paula spoke about her life story and how she progressed to where she is today and her story inspired me in so many ways, not just as a Business Analyst but in my personal life too. Paula spoke on how we allow our busy lives to take priority and how we neglect ourselves. She emphasised that we need to take care of ourselves in order to take care of our future. Her message really resonated within and I could relate so well.
The rest of the first day was packed with talks. I kicked off with Angie Doyle’s talk on “Applying core business agility practices”. This was followed by international and local speakers Edward Ngubane, Melissa Botha, Ronak Sanghavi and Carina Fourie. There were fun activities throughout the day to keep us busy and I talked to so many people from different backgrounds and professions within the Business Analysis space. We concluded the day with a brilliant keynote from Joe Newbert, which really summed up the first day for me.
The second day started with an energetic keynote from Lori Silverman and was followed by my favourite Business Analyst in the world, Adrian Reed. I follow Adrian on social media and on his Black Metric platform and I try to join his webinars and talks online where I can. Attending this presentation and being able to sit in one of his talks was priceless. After Adrian I joined Katlego Thaba who talked about “Setting Yourself Apart”. He was one of my favourite speakers and I can still hear the affirmation we all made in that session of changing the perceptions of others and making ourselves relevant by setting ourselves apart from the rest.
After the Summit, I had to debrief myself and reflect on what I had experienced over the two days. I took in so much information and so many ideas and thoughts shared by the speakers and it woke something up inside of me. I started to ask myself questions like “What is my next?”, “Where do I fit in?” and “How can I make a difference?” and the list goes on. I do not have the answers to all these questions, but I am surely working on it. The BA Summit has altered my way of thinking and has changed the way I perform my day to day tasks and for that I am forever grateful.
The experience was amazing, and I just want to thank FTI for giving me the opportunity to attend the BA Summit; meeting all the FTI guys and gals was memorable. This was my first time attending the BA Summit and it will definitely not be my last. Looking forward to meeting you all again next year.
William Apollis is a Business Analyst at Tenacity Financial Services, a Financial Services Provider for the Pepkor Group. He has a strong background in the Financial Services industry and has worked on various Business and IT related projects. He strongly believes in implementing quality solutions and processes that add value.
He is passionate about Business Analysis and sharing his knowledge with others.
He completed his Advanced Programme in Business Analysis (AdBA) at FTI in 2018.
When he isn’t working, you’ll find William out and about with his family, spending time at the beach and listen to music.
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