BA Trailblazer: Business Data Analytics

BA Trailblazer: Business Data Analytics

Take your career to the next level with data analytics!

Update on May 12th, 2020

At our upcoming BDA trailblazer, Fred Kuzniarz, CBAP, will be holding a discussion on the first practice domain ‘Identify Research Questions’ as outlined by the IIBA. 
A Gartner study stated that the majority of data analytics projects fail due to lack of organization. Formulating good research questions is key in a successful DA project. Let’s discuss this topic in-depth to help us understand this domain and offer each other some tips in what makes up ‘good’ research questions. The BDA trailblazer will be held online on May 27th, 2020 from 5:30 – 7:00 PM. Please register here for the information on connecting with us for this meeting.

Update on April 08th, 2020

At our upcoming trailblazer, we will deep dive into one of the five business data analytics practice domains identified by IIBA. Harsh Vaniawala, MBA, ECBA, will be leading a discussion on sourcing data for an analytics project and we will learn about Data Life Cycle, Data Warehousing and Techniques of sourcing Data (e.g. ETL). The BDA trailblazer will be held online (Zoom meeting) on Thursday, April 23rd, 2020 from 5:30 – 7:00 PM. Please register for further information on the meeting.

Update on March 01st, 2020

IIBA has defined a set of practice domains which Business Data Analytics practitioners can incorporate into their data initiatives. These are: identify research questions, source data, analyze data, interpret and report data, and use results to influence decision making. 
At our upcoming BDA trailblazer, Fred Kuzniarz, CBAP, will be holding a discussion on these 5 practice domains of Business Data Analytics and shed some light on how these can be applied in solving business problems and how they can be leveraged in the practice of business analysis. The BDA trailblazer is scheduled on March 12th, 2020 from 5:30 – 7:00 PM at Ottawa Public Library, Main Branch, Room B125.

Update on January 05th, 2020

Our next Business Data Analytics trailblazer event will take place on January 22nd, 2020 at 5:30 - 6:30 PM at the Ottawa Public Library, Main Branch, Meeting Room B125. At this meetup, we will deep dive into one of the most common business analytics statistical tool called Regression Analysis. We will go through examples and learn about how it is applied in the business analysis context.

Update on December 08, 2019:

We are having our next Business Data Analytics trailblazer event (online meetup) on December 12th, 2019 at 7 - 8 PM. At this meetup, Fred Kuzniarz is starting on the business data analytics glossary initiative and will be discussing some key data analytics terms and their basic definitions with some examples. If you would like to join us for this interesting session, please contact Vish, at

Update on October 21, 2019:

Digital transformation has led organizations to rapidly move towards data-driven decision-making and business analysts can play a key role in enabling businesses to succeed in their data initiatives.

Please come and join us for a conversation on getting involved in data science projects and the challenges BAs are facing on a data analytics project. We will be meeting on Thursday, 24th October 2019 at the Ottawa Public Library (Main Branch) in the meeting room B125 at 6 PM.

The Business Data Analytics Trailblazer series is coming soon! We would like to hear from you about the topics you are most interested in learning during this series. Please send us your feedback by completing our survey.

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With the advances in technology, more and more companies are collecting and processing large data to make informed business decisions. Data analytics is playing an important role for companies to scale and succeed in today’s digital world.

Business analysts with knowledge and experience in performing data analytics are in great demand for delivering high-quality analytics projects. In line with the demand, IIBA is offering a new certification in Business Data Analytics (IIBA®-CBDA) to recognize the skills and competencies in performing business analysis on an analytics project.

As part of the BA Trailblazer initiative, we are organizing a new trailblazer series on data analytics that will introduce the data science and business data analytics tools and techniques you need to help you prepare and manage analytics projects.

If you are interested in participating in and contributing to this BA Trailblazer initiative, please contact Vish at