The South Africa Chapter of International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA) was launched officially between 16 and 18 October 2007 at events in Western Cape and Gauteng. The formation of the chapter can largely be attributed to the vision, efforts and drive of its first President, Steve Erlank who served on the board for almost 7 years, as President for 5 years, and then as Treasurer.
The chapter focuses on supporting all professional business analysts in South Africa to promote the value of business analysis to the business world.
The chapter has come a long way since we were incorporated. From its early beginnings of 15 IIBA® members residing in South Africa (one of the requirements for forming a local chapter), it has grown to averaging about 500 local IIBA members.
The chapter is a registered section 21 (not for profit) organisation. We have strong governance, and follow and enforce standard procedures to ensure that we conform to the IIBA rules and regulations. We were fortunate in having long-standing stalwarts on the board, which provided the continuity and commitment necessary to ensure that the chapter showed growth and flourished.
The ongoing efforts of all the volunteer board and committee members has ensured that topical and interesting events are hosted at regular intervals throughout the year, offering networking and learning opportunities to BAs. The board also attempts to raise interest in and awareness of the certifications on offer from IIBA. These efforts are contributing to the South African CBAP® numbers growing from slow beginnings, to almost doubling every year.
Our flagship event, BASSA (Business Analysis Summit Southern Africa) is proving to be THE event for business analysts in Southern Africa, and is enjoying increased attendance and positive feedback.