How to manage your organisation’s digital security in the age of the cloud

Internet based technology and cloud is now central in everything we do, shaping growth, disrupting industry landscapes and providing the catalyst for transformation. Digital Transformation can be considered as the next industrial revolution. We now have a digital landscape where there are no defined borders and data is the new commodity to be bought, sold or stolen. The Internet is there to connect, not protect so it is inevitable that, as data is now king, securing it is a huge challenge.

Before the cloud, we could rest assured that our data was protected sitting in a data centre behind our firewall.  Our security challenges were simple – how do I secure my network and prevent intrusions.  We secured internal user access to resources locally, and we had a known security perimeter.

Today, with the internet and the cloud, the user can choose applications at random, store data anywhere, applications are increasingly external, and IT departments have limited visibility to provide protection.

So how do we enable the benefits of cloud while still being assured that our data is protected in a world where even organisations with enormous security budgets and elite security analysts are struggling to address modern threats?

To start, you need to change your perspective and work from the assumption that your security will be compromised. Plan for the eventuality by adopting an approach that focuses on protection, detection and response.  Adopt a security posture that is:

  • Comprehensive in terms of understanding your environment and weaknesses;
  • Well-informed in terms of what the modern security challenges are;
  • Prescriptive in terms of what steps to take to protect your environment and respond to security events.

To begin to develop your security posture, it will help if you separate your environment into:

  • The devices you use, how and where they are used, from data centre to end user;
  • The applications you use, where there are located and how they are accessed;
  • The data that is updated and manipulated by applications:
  • The users who access the data, through the applications, that is stored on the devices.

Then develop your plans and strategies for each layer.  Make sure you address your specific needs keeping in mind any internal, regulatory or legal requirements that affect your business directly.  And remember, when developing your plans always keeping in mind, what do you do if you are compromised.

Author: Jason Boyle, Operations Director, Aspira

Five skills every Project Manager should have

Mike Tyson is the youngest man to become heavyweight boxing champion of the world.  More famously (in the world of Project Management) he is known for his quote “Everybody has a plan, until they get punched in the mouth”.

To avoid getting punched, here are 5 of the key tools that Project Management gives to deal with uncertainty:

 

1. Schedule

The need to plan sounds obvious, but we all know we are guilty of rushing ahead to start executing a project rather than taking enough time to build a solid schedule.  A schedule takes a big project and breaks it down into a series of bite-size pieces, which can then be tackled day by day, week by week, month by month.

 

2. Triple Constraint

In addition to the schedule, any plan needs to have a defined budget (how much money is available); and a defined scope (how much work is to be done).  Those three things must be planned and balanced in a way that will deliver an acceptable level of quality.  By remembering this, a Project Manager will ensure they come up with a realistic plan that can be delivered, rather than a fantasy wish-list.

 

3. Identify Risk

A good boxer needs to be able to take a punch.  But a great boxer will see that punch coming, and avoid it.  To misquote Mr. Tyson, if you keep getting hit, your plan will become irrelevant.  So rather than live in optimism, you must think about the things that might go wrong, and then decide what you can do now to prevent those things from happening.  Some things can’t be prevented so then you decide what you can do as a contingency plan.  Think of it as wearing a face-guard.

 

4. Monitor & Control

Projects have a beginning and an end.  They rarely end exactly how you envisaged – changes will occur that require you to take action, switch stance and adjust your position.  Monitoring simply means checking how your project is progressing vs the plan.  Control means taking corrective action if you are falling behind the plan.  Both things must be done from the start right through to the end of the project.

 

5. Act on Lessons Learned

At the end of each project it can be tempting to just move on to the next one.  But it’s important to learn from our mistakes, and also to celebrate any successes.  The Project Management Body of Knowledge has been built up from centuries of people sharing their lessons learned – there are always new challenges to be overcome and new techniques that people discover.

 

Author: Pat Lucey, CEO, Aspira.

Ensuring the Line between Disaster and Success is not too Fine

Benjamin Franklin said, “Nothing in this world can be said to be certain, except death and taxes”. For businesses today, there is one more thing on that list; an IT systems outage.

The reliance on IT systems has become so great that even a minor blip can have a detrimental impact on your business, reputation, and customer perception. An ever more important defence against these outcomes is developing and maintaining a Disaster Recovery (DR) Plan.

Why develop a disaster recovery plan?

No business that has any reliance on IT can be considered safe when you regard emerging threats like Spyware, Phishing and Ransomware. Disaster recovery planning is not just for large and enterprise scale businesses, it’s for all businesses.

According to Cybersecurity Ventures, Ransomware damages reached $5 billion in 2017. In 2016, IBM reported that 70% of businesses paid to get their data back from ransomware attackers. Considering more traditional risks of outage, research has shown that the most common are Power, Human Failure and Natural Disaster, with the direct costs of these running to $2.5 billion (IDC) annually. It is fair to say preventative and remedial security measures, such as an effective Disaster Recovery plan, have now become essential.

What is disaster recovery planning?

DR planning is putting in place the measures and actions to be taken, in the event of an IT systems failure, to recover those systems in an acceptable time frame. It is a component part of a company’s security profile, as well as being an essential element of a comprehensive Business Continuity Management (BCM). A DR plan should not be confused with BCM, which is much broader and considers not only IT but also environmental and human impacts on a business’ ability to operate.

Disaster Recovery Challenges

When we look at what is involved in implementing a DR plan, a lot of companies struggle with two main challenges – Budget and Expertise.

A lot of companies don’t have, or want to have, the expertise to plan on delivering and maintaining what could be a complex IT operation. Not to mention that no one wants to spend money on something you hope will never be used!

Defining a Disaster Recovery Budget

Cloud services now make the possibility of an Enterprise-level DR solution at a main-street price a reality for a lot of IT environments. Cloud solutions now mean that for relatively low costs (when compared to investing in hardware and onsite services) any company can have robust DR solution that provides levels of availability that would have previously been beyond reach in terms of cost.

Identifying Disaster Recovery Experts

On the challenge of expertise: Companies can now extend a Cloud service to becoming a Managed Cloud Service for Disaster Recovery. This outsources the setup, operation and maintenance of your entire DR requirement to an expert partner at a completely affordable price point.

What Disaster Recovery Plan do I need?

There are two concepts that you can use to determine what level of DR Plan you might need. You should look at the processes that run your business and at the IT systems that these processes depend on (end to end), and define:

  1. RPO: The Recovery Point Objective for the systems driving your business. Basically, if you must restore or recover and entire system – how old can the data be? This may seem obvious, but it is very important to realise that the gaps between system backup and system failure can be significant. If your system is backed up at 2am, and the server fails at 4pm the following afternoon, all information from 2am to 4pm would be lost. In this example, 2am is the recovery point.
  2. RTO: The Recovery Time Objective for your systems. This defines how long you can be without a system before your business (or the process affected) starts to become seriously impacted. For example: if you have an online ordering system that becomes unavailable, how long can you sustain business with the system offline?

While RTO & RPO are linked, they can have different goals. For instance, you might need a system back online within 2 hours to enable business transactions, but the data needed for these transactions can be recovered offline. Conversely, you might have an RTO of 24 hours, but the data must be no older than 15min!

Kickstarting your Disaster Recovery Plan

All businesses should be considering how a DR plan can form part of a security and business continuity process, and safeguard operations, integrity, and reputation. Managed Cloud services bring the capability of Enterprise DR solutions to all businesses. Once you have defined your reliance on IT through Recovery Point and Time Objectives, you can begin to formulate a plan to protect your IT and your business.

For more information on Disaster Recovery, or to speak to one of our expert team, contact us today.

6 ways project Resourcing can solve your hiring needs

In recent months, the talent pool in the Netherlands has become even more competitive. For example, more and more multinational companies are setting up their European headquarters in Amsterdam in a response to such demands as Brexit. In response to this, we regularly speak to clients about the benefits of hiring, via a trusted partner like Aspira, for specific project skill gaps.

We provide project leads and put together project delivery teams with a blended mix of our expert permanent staff and our experienced associate consultants. Many of our associate consultants are active in the contract market and have a long-term association with us.

The companies we work with all have similar challenges:

• It is very difficult to find permanent people for niche IT Role.
• Experienced and qualified Agile experts, Project Managers and Business Analysts are hard to find.
• The talent pool in the Netherlands is extremely competitive, making it more difficult to source staff.
• Qualifying if a professional is truly an expert in their field is not easy.

Despite these issues, we find that companies are increasingly reluctant to engage directly with the current mixed group of freelancers or staffing companies, preferring the niche practitioner and customer-focused engagement from a consultancy company, such as Aspira. A consultancy that understands their needs, delivers quality reliably and are with them for the duration.

Our clients tell us that the benefits of hiring via Aspira include:

1. Interim professionals are screened/hired by Aspira experts not inexperienced staffing company recruiters. Aspira are practitioners in their field and this means that all candidates have been rigorously interviewed/tested for both soft and hard skills by experts in the field. We remove the risk factor!
2. We provide a one stop shop for your project requirements. No need to deal with a multitude of providers/brokers; we listen and then we deliver!
3. We provide expert delivery assurance as part of the service. We redefine the meaning of an ‘Account Manager’, we provide an expert to engage with each client; someone who has been the client and knows what success looks like.
4. We stay with the course. We do not walk away until the work is done!
5. We provide all the benefits of interim hiring and top level consulting at a value level few can match.
6. Our Professionals have a home with Aspira… we are there for them as professional centre of excellence and a team of like-minded experts! We are way more than a pay-check!

For more information on resourcing and how it can benefit your organisation, contact our resourcing team at contact@aspira-europe.nl or visit our website www.aspira-europe.nl

Author: Russell Moore, Aspira Resourcing Manager & Peter Ryan, MD Aspira Europe.

Can Artificial Intelligence put people in the heart of Project Management?

 

Data input, collation, scheduling, delegation, escalation….these and other responsibilities are now under the control of my new AI Project Manager.  It’s the year 2025, and Artificial Intelligence helps run most of my programme. My human Project Managers don’t get down ‘in the weeds’ anymore, because the landscape of Project Management has changed utterly.

If projects were run by Artificial Intelligence, would that be our future utopian dream or apocalyptic nightmare? I say it’s the dream, because AI can help deliver people-centered Project Management in the following four ways.

PROJECT SETUP

Today our PMs are tasked with bottom-up creation of plans and systems to operate projects. With the AI project manager in place to do that, our Project Manager becomes a Master of Methodologies no longer fixed to one approach like Prince2 or Agile, but tailoring ‘best of breed’ approaches to the needs of the project and its people.

PROJECT OVERSIGHT

Project Managers are being drowned in more and more data every day causing information overload. By handing over data input, collation and analysis to the AI Project Manager, our human Project Manager gains the space and oversight to use their very human talents to identify and mitigate risks quickly.

PROJECT TEAMS

Project Managers and their teams are often bounded and defined by fixed structures and hierarchy. With the support of AI, our Project Teams of the future will be far more fluid. They will engage virtually more often, and people will join the project from different directions for engagements that could last only hours or days, rather than on a fixed weekly schedule. This would support a nimble dynamic and people responsive project environment.

And finally..

PROJECT STAKEHOLDERS

Project Managers are increasingly aware of the primacy of people in the project change journey, but are bogged down in the technical side of managing projects. With AI on board, our PMs become true PLs – Project Leaders focussed on the psychology of change, using approaches like Proscis ADKAR and Kotter’s 8 step model to lead people along the change journey.

PROJECT UTOPIA

In the future with Artificial Intelligence working as a sort of ‘auto pilot’ for projects, our human Project Managers can focus on outcome over output. It would free Project Managers to use their very human skills and talents to manage project complexities and unknowns, guiding and influencing transformative change for truly people-centred project management. I say the future can’t come fast enough.

Author:  Peter Ryan, Managing Director, Aspira Europe IT Consulting & Project Management Services

For all your PM Consulting needs, please contact us

+31-20 808 3513

contact@aspira-europe.nl

 

Top Tips to Create an Agile Team

Technology is moving at a fast pace, disrupting organisations and the ways in which have have worked for decades. When paired with other organisational challenges that encountered in daily working life, it is increasingly more difficult to drive your organisation to change to meet these needs and challenges as they arise. One way in which we can prepare for change and equip our team s with the skills they need to thrive and adapt are with agile training.

An Agile team can evolve and react more rapidly, meaning that challenges are more easily overcome and projects are delivered more successfully on an ongoing basis. Head of Training Norma Lynch shares her top three tips to create agile working teams:

1. Focus on results

Placing emphasis on the outcome and not the process drives your team to work smarter, rather than adhering to processes that may not work for the project for the sake of procedure. It also empowers your team to make their own decisions and work more efficiently to achieve their objectives.

2. Feedback

Collecting and curating feedback throughout a project ensures that you have a constant flow of communication. This helps your team to identify issues at an early stage, enabling your teams to react and change paths if required, reducing time spent and increasing team optimisation.

3. Training

If your team are lacking the basic knowledge they need to work in an agile environment, this will cause problems for projects. It’s absolutely vital that team members have knowledge of the framework and that training is provided on an ongoing basis to allow teams to develop their various skillsets within that, particularly team leads and those in senior and management roles.

At Aspira, we work to create bespoke training packages to meet all of your training requirements. From once-off group training to ongoing coaching options, we cover a variety of topics, from general project management introduction to advanced examination preparation courses. We work with manufacturers, pharmaceutical, telecoms, transport, services, and technology companies to deliver PM, business analysis, Scrum Master, Lean Six Sigma training and more.

Contact Norma to see how we can meet your training requirements for 2019 here: norma.lynch@aspira.ie

We provide training both in Ireland and onsite internationally if required.

From Russia to Ireland with Love

 

 

Diversity in Dublin

At Aspira, we have a very diverse international team, which we believe is key to our ability to innovate and deliver the best possible solutions for our clients. We work with global companies and work alongside colleagues of many different nationalities.

Tanya Gainutdinova is from Russia and is a technical resource specialist who started working in our Dublin office this year. Tanya shares her some insights into life at Aspira, and compares and contrasts Dublin with her hometown of Kazan, Russia.

If you’re considering a career with us, see all available positions on our https://www.aspira-europe.nl/work-with-aspira/

I am living in my new home in Dublin for one year now, working for Aspira, and because I enjoy sharing new perspectives and learning new ways of working myself, I thought it might be interesting to share my perspective of living and working in Dublin compared to my home town of Kazan.

Old and New

Dublin has a similar feel to my hometown in Russia – both were founded over one thousand years ago and have many historical buildings to be admired. But there are also lots of new high-tech locations such as Aspira’s Dublin office, which is in a great location in the Silicon Docklands.

Working at Aspira:

It’s been interesting to learn how business processes in Irish companies differs to Russia. My experience is that the atmosphere in Irish companies is very positive, with colleagues always willing and ready to give a helping hand. Our management team are always open to new ideas and encourage us to make suggestions.

One thing I see that the Irish and Russians have in common is the sense of humour, and wiliness not to take ourselves too seriously – having fun and a laugh with the ‘boss’ in is welcomed and typical for both countries (as long as you are getting your work done!).

Universal Interests – Food and Football

In Russia, my region is famous for its Tatar Cuisine – hearty pies, delicious baked goods and very sweet desserts are very popular.

I’ve enjoyed trying some Irish favourites and was pleasantly surprised by the quality of lamb compared to the mutton we have at home. I have now learned what ‘mutton dressed as lamb’ means! The variety of cheeses is astonishing in Ireland – Dairy products and seafood are really standout here.

Kazan hosted some matches during the recent World Cup and we all like keeping up to date with the football results. My team in Russia is Rubin Kazan although my Cork-based Aspira colleagues tell me there’s only one football team to follow:

It is great working and living in an international environment. Kazan and Dublin are very different, but we have much in common. Diversity and collaboration in the workplace helps to achieve synergy and I’m delighted to be part of the team at Aspira.

Author: Tanya Gainutdinova, Technical Resource Specialist, Aspira

 

Aspira Internship

 

Tadhg had heard great things about Aspira before starting his internship, but never could have imagined just how nurturing an environment it would prove to be.

 

What are you studying in college?
I’m studying Computer Science in University College Cork. It’s a four year course, with work placement taking place in third year.

What drew you to Aspira when you were seeking an internship?
I had heard of Aspira through the UCC careers service, and after researching about them online I thought it would be a fantastic place to work. They have a history of hiring UCC students for graduate and intern positions, and I saw that they had some really interesting clients, so it was a no brainer really!

What expectations did you have before you began your internship?
I had heard from past Interns that at Aspira, you’re given a lot of responsibilities right from the beginning of your placement. A lot is expected from you, in terms of being an active employee and engaging with your co-workers. Aspira has a friendly and social environment that I was really excited to be a part of. I was also excited to put my skills to the test and see how well equipped I was to work in the industry.

What duties and responsibilities were you given initially?
I was given immense responsibility right off the bat, which I thought was fantastic. I was given charge of a project which involved finishing the development of a Web Application by myself. At first, it seemed like an incredibly daunting task, but my Manager Mary and all of my co-workers were always there in support if I ever had a question. The project involved eliciting requirements from the Client, and working with a programming language I had never used before. However, I never felt like I was in over my head with such a supportive group behind me!

Did the scope of your work change as the internship progressed?
As my internship went on, I had the opportunity to work on several other development projects, along with other areas of Aspira also. I got to work in teams with many different employees, attending meetings and tackling problems in a fast paced environment. I also got to work off site, working directly with clients in a business analysis role for a time!

Can you describe a typical day in your role?

Typically, the day would begin by emptying the dishwasher if it was your turn and putting on a pot of coffee! After greeting everyone in the office, I would settle down to work on whatever project I was currently tasked with. During the first few weeks while working on the Web Application, I would have daily meetings with my Manager, discussing what I had completed, what I was currently working on, and whatever issues I was encountering or foresaw. I would also be in contact with the Client, tailoring the application to their needs and working on any issues or bugs that had arisen.

What key things have you learned during this internship?
Good communication skills from speaking with clients and managers, along with enhancing my development skills, and realising that there is something new to be learned every day.

Has this internship made you feel as though you’re on the right career path?
Certainly! I found the work incredibly fulfilling. Finishing a project always brought immense pride and camaraderie. At times during my studies, I had doubts if I was pursuing the right career, but after working at Aspira I’m positive I chose the right path.

Do you feel more prepared for working life following your internship?
Absolutely. From knowing what will be expected of me, to knowing simple skills like teamwork and communication, and even having a proper work-life balance. I feel like I now have my head screwed on and I’m going into Industry prepared next year.

Why should someone take up an internship at this company?
Aspira is a fantastic place to intern at because you’ll learn an immense amount, all the while being in a friendly and social environment. They give you plenty of responsibilities, and match it with great support. I’m very grateful to have had the opportunity to spend 6 months there and to have learned so much.

4 Reasons to consider a Career at Aspira

 

1. You’ll never stop learning
At Aspira, training and development provision is one of our key services. We are renowned globally for excellence in Project Management and Business Analysis Training. We constantly reiterate the need for companies to train up their staff, develop new skillsets amongst their teams and empower their employees through learning. We are no exception to that rule. At Aspira, we have a company-wide focus on personal development and career enhancement through on site, internal and formal training programmes. All Aspira staff benefit from this approach.

2. Work with a connected community
will benefit from the support of your colleagues – a team of experts across a range of areas such as Development, Cloud Deployment, Senior Project Management and Business Analysis. Our collaborative approach to work is further bolstered by the opportunity to work in multi-experienced teams to help deliver exceptional projects for our clients.

We have a very present management team who are always nearby to point you in the right direction and offer their advice and support. Aspira staff also have a hands-on approach to companywide matters, having their say in a number of broader business aspects. The only limits at Aspira are the ones you set for yourself!

3. Flexibility and rewards
Our diversity means that we work with a new way of thinking. Our teams enjoy flexible working to allow for personal circumstances and family. Working for aspira also means flexibility in the clients you work with. We work with some of the best organisations in the country across both the private and public sector, in the country. The work is always exciting and never boring!

Our staff are also offered a number of other benefits such as pension, healthcare, training allowance, and paid holidays. Not to mention that our team is considered by many to be a family of sorts.

4. Diversity
Aspira is a diverse, international company. We have people from over 15 different nationalities building their careers with Aspira and we work with global leaders around the world. We offer opportunities to work globally and work on international assignments, so if you’re looking for a new challenge, Aspira might just be the place for you.

Want to work with us? See all current career opportunities on our website here https://www.aspira-europe.nl/work-with-aspira/

Author:  Russell Moore, HR & Resourcing Manager, Aspira

‘Are we there yet? Secrets to sustainable business success’

Aspira teach people the importance of carrying out a Lessons Learned exercise at the end of each project, to make sure you learn from your lessons when starting the next project. Tune into talk radio on any given day and you’ll hear the Irish economy is bouncing back into full on recovery. We’re on the up and up again, but how exactly has that recovery come about… and have we really learned any lessons from the recent past?

The construction sector is visibly improving with planning permission notices for new housing littering the countryside. New road development projects and the rejuvenation of our city docklands area is on the horizon – multiple cranes can once again be seen on our skyline and ‘breakfast roll man’ is making a comeback, albeit with muesli and a skinny Latte instead of the full Irish breakfast.

Can we have any confidence that things will be different this time?

We hope that part of our recovery is based upon more mindful spending on the part of the consumer, more reasonable pay on the part of the employers and more prudent savings on everyone’s part.

But it’s not enough to expect consumers to self-regulate. We also need stronger banking regulations and enforcement of compliance. Recent headlines and court cases have exposed some nefarious practices in the world of high finance. We need a change of mind-set so that ‘wheeling and dealing’ practices are not seen as clever or admirable – instead we need to return to valuing good old fashioned principles such as honesty and integrity.

There are some warning signs that the recovery of the economy may soon start simmering over. We see that the property bubble is expanding again as demand far exceeds supply, with house prices back up to pre-crash levels. It makes alarm bells ring out when we hear mortgage providers advertising their “cash back” options – the kind of options guaranteed to encourage reckless borrowing.

The other major source of uncertainty is Brexit. What exactly will it mean for the economies of Europe? I don’t know. Perhaps I should refer to the architects of the Brexit deal – but it turns out that they have no clue either how it will affect either the UK economy or the wider EU economy. The only thing we know for sure is that it will be harmful, and that uncertainty will continue. And it is uncertainty that makes markets jittery and could precipitate another crash.

But rather than focus on the negative, let’s remind ourselves that current economic indicators say that the economy is right back where we were in 2008, we are back to effectively full employment and we anticipate unprecedented levels of employment growth, with jobs in the technology sector leading the way. Aspira has been named as one of Europe’s Fastest Growing Technology companies by the Financial Times for the second year in a row, so there is every reason to be hopeful for continued success. Remember – a pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity, but an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.

Check us out at www.aspira-europe.nl

Author: Paula Good, Accounts Dept., Aspira

 

6 ways resourcing can solve your hiring needs

In recent months, the talent pool in Ireland has become competitive. Many multinational companies have set up their European headquarters in Ireland. We regularly speak to client companies about the benefits of hiring for specific skills gaps during specific projects, on a long-term, or short-term basis, through a trusted partner like Aspira.

We put together project delivery teams with a blended mix of our expert permanent staff and our experienced associate consultants. Many of our associate consultants are active in the contract market, and have a long-term association with us.
The companies we work with all have similar challenges:
• It is very difficult to find permanent people for niche IT Role.
• Experienced and qualified Project Managers and Business Analysts are hard to find.
• The talent pool in Ireland is extremely competitive, making it more difficult to source staff.
Despite these issues, we find that companies are reluctant to use day rate consultants, considered to be ‘too expensive’, ‘not a long-term solution’, ‘don’t understand the company culture’ and so on. However, sometimes you face a business project that needs urgent delivery and this is where an experienced Aspira consultant might just be the answer.

The benefits of hiring a daily-rate Aspira consultant include:
1. You only pay them for days worked.
2. If hired through Aspira, all the payroll costs are handled which is less work for the finance department.
3. No additional hidden costs because a daily rate is all inclusive.
4. Costly employee benefits such as training or bonuses are not charged to the client company
5. Less of a notice period in case projects are cancelled.
6. If you hire an Aspira team member, you can expect results and delivery in a shorter time. They are experienced at quickly evaluating client challenges and ensuring minimum delays through long learning curves.

For more information on resourcing and how it can benefit your organisation, contact our resourcing team at info@aspira-europe.nl or visit the website www.aspira-europe.nl

Author: Russell Moore, HR & Resourcing Manager, Aspira

 

Three Reasons your team needs Business Analysis Training

The importance of brilliant business analysis cannot be underestimated. Sloppy business requirements leads to bursting budgets and stagnant schedules as projects trip over clumsy requirements. Business analysis, when perfectly executed, results in a solid signed-off set of agreed business requirements, with no ambiguity and complete business buy-in.

A large majority of business owners aren’t aware of the full extent of what they want or need prior to being led through the Requirements Gathering phase. If the owner of the project doesn’t know what they want, how can the project deliver it? The answer lies in business analysis.

That is why business analysts are the lynchpin of every successful project. Our Business Analysis training will ensure your team will:

1. Get the requirements of your project right and learn techniques for solution assessment and validation. This means saving money on expensive changes further down the development road and keeping the schedule streamlined and on track. Investing in Business Analysis will bring demonstrable benefits to your organisation regardless of the industry.

2. Learn practical techniques to power up your communication skills. Business Analysts are essential intermediaries between the business and the technology departments of an organisation, thus they must be able to elicit requirements eloquently and assess solutions astutely.

3. Understand Business Analysis terminology, concepts and methodologies including the seven business knowledge areas. It will also teach you what you need to know in order to pass the Certified Business Analysis Professional™ (CBAP} exam including test-taking strategies.

Aspira’s Business Analysis training course will demonstrate to you not just how to be a great business analyst, but what it really takes to be an awesome one. Aspira is an approved education provider by the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA®).

Email training@aspira-europe.nl to book the last few remaining places of our CBAP course on 11th, 12th, 18th & 19th September 2018.