What’s a Business Analyst to do with Data?

  • 20 May 2014
  • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Vanguard Majestic Building, Room 162


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What's a Business Analyst to do with Data?

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Gathering functional requirements is hard enough, but what’s a BA to do when dealing with data at the same time?  Well, discover and define standard data elements in "business terms."  Business terms are more robust than a glossary because they use metadata that captures data usage, security classification, and targeted system implementations. Business terms are different than a data model because their definitions are specific to business context and not IT generalizations.  Enterprise-level business terms provide line of sight across business and application domains thus promoting a shared vocabulary, data reuse and data stewardship across the business and IT organizations.  Hear how the "4Ds" process of discovering, defining, designing, and deploying business terms can help your organization consistently integrate data with requirements, business rules, and business capabilities.


  • Understand the benefit of defining data in business terminology
  • Learn how to integrate business terms in requirements
  • Describe the way business terms benefit the enterprise.

Presenter Susan Block, Program Manager with The Vanguard Group in Malvern, PA, is a multi-faceted BA professional with experience in project planning, process improvement, business systems analysis, software quality assurance, and business rules and data analysis. She has worked in the financial services, insurance, and manufacturing industries. Susan has championed the Business Analyst role as a practitioner in the tranditional and Agile product delivery. Susan currently works at The Vanguard Group, a leading investment management company, where she just started in the position of Program Manager under the Big Data Program. She is an expert in requirements planning and execution, she is a leader of enterprise-level Business Architecture efforts, and she is an author and trainer of in-house Business Analysis courses. Susan is a Certified Business Analyst Professional (CBAP) and past president of the Philadelphia Chapter of the IIBA.

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