FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Kathleen Barret, IIBA President
International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA) launches a monthly Professional Development
Webinar Series starting August 26, 2008.
Toronto, August 6, 2008 – The International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA™), the independent,
non-profit, professional association for Business Analysts, is launching a monthly Webinar Series on
August 26, 2008 from 12 noon to 1 p.m. E.D.T. to promote professional development for its members.
The topic of the IIBA’s first webinar will be “The Evolving Role of the Business Analyst,” presented by
IIBA President Kathleen Barret. This session will discuss how more and more companies around the
world are recognizing the value of Business Analysts, and outline the factors that have driven the growth
of the business analysis profession.
“Our members have been asking us for more professional development opportunities to help them further
their knowledge and develop their business analysis skills,” says Ms. Barret. “As a virtual, international
organization, we needed to find a way to provide these opportunities to our worldwide membership on an
ongoing basis. Webinars are the ideal solution.”
The first few webinars will be available free to members, as well as to non-members who want to
register. After that, members will be able to participate for free, but non-members will be charged a fee.
For more details and to register, visit the IIBA website at
Participants have the option of listening to the webinar by phone or over their computer, which will also
allow them to view the presentation. Each one hour talk will include a question and answer session in
which attendees can ask questions using live chat or over the phone. The webinars will be recorded and
posted on the members-only section of the IIBA website.
Topics of upcoming webinars will include the benefits of the Certified Business Analysis Professional™
(CBAP™) designation, highlights of the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge® (BABOK®), the career
path of the Business Analyst, how companies can maximize the value of their Business Analysts, how
Business Analysts and Project Managers can best work together, and more.
The IIBA webinars are a professional development tool for members. “The webinars the IIBA is
providing will help BAs improve their knowledge of certain aspects of the field of Business Analysis.
The topics will be introduced based on member requests. The IIBA is not a training organization,
however, and these webinars are not a substitute for a comprehensive training program,” says Ms. Barret.
“As the independent, non-profit association for the field of business analysis, we will be offering industry
updates, information on business analyst career paths, and providing tools and tips about business
analysis best practices that participants can use to help them do their jobs better. If any of our members
are in need of a training program, they can contact our Endorsed Education Providers (EEP™) whose
courses have been reviewed and approved by the IIBA.”
The IIBA is an international organization with members around the globe, and choosing a time for the
webinars is challenging as it is not possible to schedule the presentation at a time that is convenient for all
members. The organization plans to locate speakers from different countries who can offer webinars at
different times, to reach the global membership and allow as many members as possible to participate.
“We are pleased to be hosting this Webinar Series, to give our members the professional development
opportunities they have been asking for,” says Ms. Barret. “But it is also a way to bring together our
members from around the world each month, to share information, knowledge and ideas, and give a
global perspective on the profession. This is a very exciting step for the IIBA.”
For more information on the IIBA Webinar Series, visit the IIBA website at www.theiiba.org or contact
Kathleen Barret at 416-927-4432 or email Kathleen.Barret@theiiba.org.
About the International Institute of Business Analysis
The International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA™) is the independent non-profit professional
association serving the growing field of Business Analysis to the international business community. The
organization is comprised of more than 6000 members around the globe in fields ranging from
requirements management and requirements analysis, to project management and consulting. The IIBA
has chapters in over 40 countries worldwide and is committed to maintaining standards for the practice of
business analysis and for the certification of practitioners. For more information, visit www.theiiba.org.