Enterprise and Strategic Analysis
Enterprise and Strategic Analysis
November 26-28, 2012
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
College of Continuing Education
1459 LeMarchant Street, Suite 2201
Halifax, Nova Scotia
This 3-day course is designed to provide Business Analysts with the skills required for involvement in strategy development, pre-project activities, and developing and managing enterprise architecture.
This course is appropriate for experienced Business Analysts who are looking to formalize their experience through education as well as junior Business Analysts or those looking to enter the profession.
During this course you will learn the tasks and techniques outlined in the Enterprise Analysis and Solution Assessment and Validation Knowledge Areas within the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge (BABOK®) v2. Through discussions, examples and hands-on exercises, you will recognize business goals and objectives, identify business problem or opportunity, analyze business problems or opportunities, identify viable solutions to these problems or opportunities, evaluate to select the most optimal solution, prepare and defend a business case. In addition, you will prepare procurement documents including a request for proposal, receive and evaluation proposals based on defined decision criteria, assess organizational readiness, and apply data conversion strategy and mapping to existing data.
Participants will gain practical skills to:
- Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:
- Discuss enterprise analysis tasks and techniques
- Analyze and document a business problem
- Devise a business case
- Contrast viable solutions against developed decision criteria
- List possible solutions approaches
- Evaluate causes through the application of problem analysis techniques
- Isolate major causes of business problem and where to focus resources
- List types of gap analyses
- Assess limitations through the creation of a gap analysis
- Recall the phases of the project life cycle
- Conduct a Strength Weakness Opportunity Threat (SWOT) analysis
- Appraise competitive intelligence through a benchmarking study
- Build on previously learned techniques to develop high level requirements for the business case
- Defend business case recommendations
- List the sections of an RFP
- Describe the steps in RFP development and vendor selection
- Apply data conversion strategy and mapping to existing data
Who Should Attend
The Enterprise and Strategic Analysis is appropriate for individuals who are:
- Pursuing a career in Business Analysis
- Business or Information Systems managers or staff who is new to business analysis
- Experienced Business Analysts requiring better understanding of the role, or desiring formal recognition through certification
- Project staff or managers currently combining the role
- Business Analyst role with other duties
- Business staff or managers who are working in Business Analyst environments, needing to interact with project managers and business analysts
You Will Receive
You will receive a course binder containing copies of presentation slides, case studies, exercises and suggested solutions.
Day 1 - registration/check-in will start at 8:00 a.m. with sessions to begin at 8:30 a.m. and adjourn at 4:00 p.m. Days 2-3 will commence at 8:30 a.m. and adjourn at 4:00 p.m. There will be 15 minute mid-morning and afternoon breaks. A light lunch is included from 12 noon to 1:00 p.m.
Solution assessment and validation
Business goals and objectives
Business problem or opportunity statement
Root Cause Analysis
Cause and effect diagram
Completing gap analysis
Uses of gap analysis
Gap analysis process
Gap analysis techniques
Best practices for determining solution
Cost benefit analysis
The Business Case
Purpose of a business case
Approaches for developing a business case
Presenting a business case
Solution Assessment and Valuation
Writing and evaluating an RFP
Assess sample proposals
Assessing organizational readiness
Completing force field analysis
Defining transitional requirements
Data conversion strategy
Morag Robinson is a Senior Instructor/Consultant with Procept Associates Ltd. She has over 20 years in business analysis, project management and training roles. For the last 5 years Morag’s main focus has been on an enterprise wide business intelligence system for stores, vendors and merchants. In addition to her role as a BA on this project and many others, Morag has provided training programs for external vendors and facilitated the training of staff prior to systems implementations. Morag has also worked as project manager for a large infrastructure project and a reporting system for over 1000 vendors. Morag has presented at large business intelligence conferences in USA and Canada. Morag has an Honours BA in Psychology, an MBA from Queen’s University, and she holds the Certified Business Analysis Professional designation. Morag is a member of the International Institute of Business Analysis.
When and Where
Halifax, NS - November 26-28, 2012, 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
College of Continuing Education, 1459 LeMarchant St., Suite 2201, Halifax
Contact: 902-494-6079, toll free 1-800-565-1179 or fax: 902-494-6875
Lord Nelson Hotel: 1-800-565-2020
Atlantica Halifax Hotel: 1-888-810-7288
Due to recent changes in the parking regulations at Dalhousie University, parking is extremely limited. Daily parking passes are available and we strongly recommend that you arrive on campus before 7:45 a.m. Parking passes can be purchased for a fee of $11.32 at the Security Office located in the basement garage (Seymour Street entrance) of the Marian McCain Building (corner of University Avenue and Seymour St.) Security will provide you with the location of the parking lots. The at the corner of Coburg Road and Oxford Street is the suggested parking lot. Please note you can no longer park in the Dunn Parking lot as it has recently been changed to reserved parking only.
Continuing Education Units
2.1 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will be awarded for
participation in this course. One CEU is equivalent to 10 classroom hours or
10 professional development hours (PDHs). The CEU is an internationally accepted
uniform unit of measurement in qualified courses of continuing education.
Engineering Institute of Canada
The College of Continuing Education is a participating partner in the Engineering
Institute of Canada (EIC) National Registry of CEUs. Professional Engineers
who want to register their CEUs should indicate this on the course registration
||1-800-565-1179 or 902-494-6079
(8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Atlantic Time)
Registration form with fee to:
College of Continuing Education
1459 LeMarchant St., Suite 2201
P.O. Box 15000
Halifax, NS B3K 4R2
Registration is guaranteed when payment is received.
Income tax receipts issued in December on request.
Multiple participants from the same organization who register for the same course at the same time are eligible for the following group discounts:
- 2 participants: 10%
- 3 participants: 15%
- 4 or more participants: 25%
- Dalhousie Alumni Discount: 15%
Note: Discounts cannot be combined. Lowest qualified discount only will apply.
If a withdrawal is made up to 10 business days prior to the start of the course the full fee will be refunded. If a refund is requested after that date, a 20% administration charge will be deducted. You may substitute another to attend at no additional cost. If the course is cancelled for any reason, we will contact the registrants and provide a full refund. The university’s liability is limited to the return of the registration fee. If a speaker is not available due to unforeseen circumstances, another speaker of equal ability and expertise will be substituted.
Participants withdrawing from a certificate program course should immediately notify the College of Continuing Education, in person or in writing, indicating the reason for withdrawal. Participants may be allowed to apply part of the fee paid to another course offered by the College of Continuing Education.
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Registration Fee: $1395.00
+ Tax exempt
Fee Includes all course materials and is tax deductible.
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