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Meet Business & Systems Analyst Course Facilitator, Professor Pete Janse Van Vuuren

Professor Pete Janse Van Vuuren is an experienced and highly motivated executive level management professional with diverse technical proficiencies and wide-ranging business, financial and academic competencies. He has a total of 30 years’ experience with a key focus on the IT industry. With a wealth of experience across technical, financial and academic verticals, he boasts 25 years’ experience in general and senior management positions.

Pete set up and ran three IT-related businesses, and is currently the CEO of The Thinking Cap with his key engagements being: Research Fellow – Wits School for Electrical and Software Engineering, Faculty Member and Visiting Professor (Wits Business School, UCT Graduate School of Business, US Business School and UFS Business School) Adjunct Professor – CPUT Faculty Member – Duke University Director – Wits JCSE Director and Co-Founder – CIO Council of South Africa.

This driven leader presents excellent training and mentoring talents whilst improving business effectiveness by inspiring, leading, and coaching employees.

Pete has both theoretical and practical expertise, having set up three IT-related businesses. Currently he is the CEO of The Thinking Cap with his key engagements being the Research Fellow at the Wits School for Electrical and Software Engineering, Faculty Member and Visiting Professor (Wits Business School, UCT Graduate School of Business, US Business School and UFS Business School) Adjunct Professor – CPUT Faculty Member – Duke University Director – Wits JCSE Director and Co-Founder – CIO Council of South Africa.

Not only is Pete richly experienced in his industry, but he also creates excitement in the field and is outspoken in how important business systems analysis is to the success of a business.

He advocates that a good Chief Information Officer (CIO) is not afraid of disrupting the business model and that a company should rethink their business structure in the direction of taking advantages of technological processes. Pete offers crucial knowledge on how to correctly implement systems which can shape a company to generate revenue.

What is Business and Systems Analysis?

The field of Business Systems Analysis is an important one to grow a company through healthy, sustainable expansion. But what is the career exactly?

The industry of business systems analysis is focused on researching and evaluating the systems and software of a company.

Although the role of a business systems analyst (BSA) can be a general one, involved in different departments of a company, the position usually has a key focus on information technology (IT) and computing systems which can be used to optimise company systems.

This means that the BSA should have a thorough knowledge of IT systems as well as how software development, testing, and integration can be incorporated into functional business systems.

What does a Business Systems Analysis do?

The business systems analyst of a company usually has an overview of a company, often more than the CEO because of how broad the role is. The technology behind the business is vital to how well the company functions, and it’s up to the BSA to ensure that the technology in place is the best it can be.

Business and Systems Analysis course

Through our 12-week long Business and Systems Analysis short course, Pete will walk you through important aspects related to the field.

In the course, you will learn fundamental processes which will help you identify, define and solve problems in business systems. You will study different strategies to improve the company’s systems, such as the 5Ws and 1H approach.

Pete goes through the business systems analysis process from start to finish, offering convenient solutions to complex issues. In the course, you will be taught how to use software and technology to plan and develop methods which can help you – and the company executives – achieve goals set out.

This course is recommended for new Business and Systems Analysts, as well as professionals experienced in the career. Pete offers practical points that can be implemented easily.


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