Growing membership and international expansion mark 5th anniversary of International Institute of Business Analysis

    TORONTO, Oct. 22 /CNW/ - The International Institute of Business Analysis
(IIBA(TM)), the independent professional association for Business Analysts,
celebrates its 5th anniversary in October 2008 as membership surpasses 7,000
globally with solid representation from almost 60 countries.
    "Our growth as been remarkable in these first five years," says Kathleen
Barret, President of IIBA. "Another 59 new chapters are in progress around the
world," she says, adding that this rather remarkable expansion reflects the
growing importance of business analysts in a wide range of sectors.
    "Rarely do individuals have the ability to determine the direction of
their profession and its importance to industry," says Ms. Barret. She adds,
"Since the launch of IIBA five years ago, Business Analysts are working
together to guide the development of this relatively new and rapidly growing
    IIBA chapters are hosting special events, speakers, and networking events
to celebrate the 5th anniversary. An event calendar and other anniversary
information are available on the website at
    The mission of IIBA is to develop and maintain standards for the practice
of business analysis and for the certification of its practitioners. It is the
job of the Business Analyst to bridge the gap of understanding between
business needs and the technology available.
    Almost immediately after its launch in 2003 at a meeting in Toronto,
Ontario, Canada, IIBA started the development of the Business Analysis Body of
Knowledge(R). "It has become the leading collection of knowledge within the
profession of Business Analysis and reflects current generally accepted
practices," says Ms. Barret. "As with other professions, this body of
knowledge is defined and enhanced by the business analysis professionals who
apply it in their daily work."

    About the International Institute of Business Analysis

    With administrative offices in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, International
Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA(TM)) is the independent, non-profit
professional association serving the growing field of business analysis to the
international business community. Since 2006, the institute has offered the
IIBA Certification Program and the Certified Business Analysis
Professional(TM) (CBAP(R)) designation. Candidates can participate in
computer-based testing sites at locations around the world. For more
information, visit

For further information:

For further information: Kathleen Barret, IIBA President, (416)

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