About IIBA®

About IIBA®

We are the Northeast Florida Chapter of the International Instititute of Business Analysis (IIBA)


To be the leading local professional association that develops and maintains standards for the practice of business analysis and for the certification of its practitioners.


The NFL IIBA will:  

Define the business analysis profession by providing mentoring and support to its members
Unify its practitioners.
Create a voice for the profession as a whole.
What is a Business Analyst?

Business Analysts (BA) are responsible for identifying the business needs of their clients and stakeholders to help determine solutions to business problems.
The BA is responsible for requirements development and requirements management. Specifically, the BA elicits, analyzes, validates and documents business, organizational and/or operational requirements. Solutions are not predetermined by the BA, but are driven solely by the requirements of the business. Solutions often include a systems development component, but may also consist of process improvement or organizational change.
The BA is a key facilitator within an organization, acting as a bridge between the client, stakeholders and the solution team.
Business analysis is distinct from financial analysis, project management, quality assurance, organizational development, testing, and training and documentation development. However, depending on an organization, an individual BA may perform some or all of these related functions.
Objectives and Goals

1. Credibility

a. Create and develop awareness and recognition in the Northeast Florida business community of the value and contribution of the role of the BA
b. Promote certification for qualified BAs as a vehicle to increase the value of business analysis in Northeast Florida.
c. Build the image and identity of the IIBA as the recognized professional association for BAs.
2. Networking
a. Establish a BA Subject Matter Expert (SME) listing for the purpose of networking and knowledge
b. Provide a forum for knowledge sharing of the Business Analysis Body of Knowledge (BABOK).
c. Learn from others about Northeast Florida companies and the skills valued.
3. Professional Growth
a. Identify the required skills and competencies of a qualified BA.
b. Define training and professional development standards for a qualified BA.
c. Assist Northeast Florida BAs with professional skills development.
4. Mentoring
a. Bring together experienced and junior analysts.
b. Maintain a list of SMEs on various business topics as a support database for NEFL IIBA members.
c. Initiate the use of BA volunteer SMEs
Sistered Professional Groups
Our group is sistering with other professional groups in the area.  Consider sharing not only the IIBA information with others but also with our sistered groups:
Jacksonville AITP Chapter (http://www.aitp.org/organization/chapters/chapterhome.jsp?chapter=127) offers opportunities for Information Technology (IT) leadership and education through partnerships with industry, government and academia. AITP provides quality IT related education, information on relevant IT issues and forums for networking with experienced peers and other IT professionals. 

North Florida Rational Users Group (www.nf-rug.com) - Started by a group of software enthusiasts in January 2003 in Jacksonville, Florida. The purpose of starting this group was to provide a forum for the exchange of knowledge, experiences, and questions among those organizations and individuals involved in the design and development of software applications using Rational Unified Process and Rational tools and related software or disciplines.   

Northeast Florida Chapter of the Project Management Institute (PMI) (www.pmi-nefl.org) - This organization is dedicated to improving and advancing the profession of project management. The Chapter is acknowledged as the project management resource in the Northeast Florida area.

Jacksonville Developers User Group (http://www.jaxdug.com) - Founded in January 2002 with the purpose of identifying and uniting the expanding developer/programmer community for the greater Jacksonville, Florida area. They promote the Microsoft .NET platform and encourage technologies such as XML, SQL, UML.