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Top Private & Secure Email Providers [2021]
When it comes to email providers, some popular companies that come to our mind are Gmail, Microsoft Outlook, Yahoo Mail, iCloud, etc. In this article, I am going to list the top private & secure email providers in 2021
"Emailing is one of the first digital ways of communication. It's old but still, we use emails for almost everything we do on the Internet. It can be user registration, two-factor authentication, or sending private emails to somebody important.

What's wrong with Gmail?

One might ask, in the times of Google, why are we even thinking about the alternatives. Gmail is the best email out there. Right? Well, no. Not at least for privacy. If you have just started using the Internet, you know Google allows you to create free email accounts. Gmail, no doubt, is the most popular email provider on the earth but it's not a private email at all..."

LinuxAndUbuntu, June 29th, 2021
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A Guide To The Best Newsletter Ideas For Your Business
Many businesses believe leveraging the use of social media is the number one way to attract new customers and keep current customers coming back
"While social media is certainly important, data shows that email marketing remains the most effective drive for customer acquisition in 2021, with 80% of businesses using it as their primary marketing channel. The right newsletter can increase both new and old customer interactions with your company's products and services.

The following newsletter ideas can act as a great introduction to this type of marketing, or give your regular newsletters the spark they need if you've been at it for a while but haven't seen the desired results. Moreover, by understanding the motivating factors behind the different kinds of newsletter campaigns, you will deepen your overall email marketing capabilities.

Business 2 Community, June 28th, 2021
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5 Email Marketing Trends To Boost Marketing Strategy
In 2020, it was estimated that 306 billion emails were sent and received each day worldwide. It's anticipated this figure will continue to increase each year, eventually reaching 376 billion by 2025.
"With emails set to remain an essential part of daily business life, prudent businesses should look to exploit various email marketing strategies to effectively increase revenue, boost brand reputation, and ultimately gain an edge over their competitors.

Throughout this article, I'll be examining the five email marketing trends that can be used to support marketing efforts and help businesses stand out in a saturated market while working remotely..."

AI Trends, July 1st, 2021
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5 Steps To A Goal-Crushing Lead Generation Process
The process you use to create quality content and appealing offers for lead generation affects whether or not you generate leads.
"But the process behind acquiring, qualifying, and converting those leads into sales requires even closer attention. This area of your daily operations needs continual improvement to connect the content you create to your bottom line.

We learned during the pandemic that you can't take any part of your business for granted-especially lead generation. In this post, I'm going to offer these five ways to optimize your lead generation process so you can get the best results in whatever state the economy is in:

  • Get your metrics established
  • Make your CRM work smarter, not harder
  • Lead on existing customers
  • Perform a content audit
  • Review your sales process

5 ways to optimize your lead generation process for more sales..."

Business 2 Community, July 1st, 2021
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A Beginners Guide To 8 Email Marketing Strategies
The cutthroat email inbox of your average consumer roils with marketing messages. Some contain competitive subject lines, whereas some are more attention-seeking emails. Hundreds of companies send hundreds of emails every day.
"Hence, your chance to be seen in hundreds of emails remains thin. But you can change the game by adopting a new and effective email marketing strategy. It not only needs to be opened but also needs readers to act on it.

Here are 8 effective email marketing strategies that will help you gain more traction.

1. Personalize Your Email You need to step out of the 'Dear John' game. Because it no longer builds a connection with the reader..."

Business 2 Community, June 30th, 2021
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Tips For Using Data To Elevate Sales And Marketing Efforts
There is a virtually endless amount of data available when it comes to marketing, from social media, to email marketing, engagement data, website analytics and more
"Today, data powers marketing efforts. B2B marketers are quite familiar with a variety of marketing dashboards comprised of various spreadsheets, charts and graphs that depict performance and statuses. It's easy to view these reports only at a surface level, but a thorough analysis and periodic verification of the marketing data you collect and report on is important to ensure your actions are informed by the best information possible.

So, how can data be used more effectively in your marketing efforts? In what ways can data analysis elevate experiences? Below, we discuss why data matters, common data challenges marketers face and ways you can use data to improve marketing and sales efforts..."

Business 2 Community, June 29th, 2021
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Why Adopting Artificial Intelligence Is Vital For The B2B Industry
A lot has happened in the AI segment in the preceding year. Experts have in fact called it 'The Power of Now'.
"AI is rapidly turning into a need for B2B organizations, as it can help convey information driven and significant bits of knowledge to associations. At the point when Artificial Intelligence is used with online business, the advantages that can be picked up are huge.

According to a survey conducted by PROS in collaboration with Hanover Research:

  • 45% of respondents believe that AI can help in improving customer service
  • 44% of respondents believe that AI can help in meeting customer demands
  • 42% of respondents believe that AI can help in increasing revenue
  • 41% of respondents believe that AI can help in achieving cost savings
  • 39% of respondents believe that AI can help in gaining an advantage over competitors
  • 39% of respondents believe that AI can help in enhancing operational efficiency
  • 73% of respondents believe that AI can help in boosting sales and marketing activities
  • 48% of respondents believe that AI can help in compete in today's market

AI and its role in the B2B industry

The rate of Artificial Intelligence adoption by sales and marketing channels might probably be get driven due to the fact that B2B organizations can utilize AI to apply AI systems to client choices..."

Business 2 Community, June 30th, 2021
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12 Apps To Help Your Sales Team Close More Deals
Long gone are the days when a salesperson knocked on your door trying to sell you a vacuum or Tupperware
"Thanks to the advance of technology, sales looks completely different from this bygone era. With a bevy of available online tools, most sales have gone digital, if not all. If you deploy the right ones effectively, your sales team can land more deals - without having to ring a doorbell!

Still, not all apps and solutions are created equal. Here's a list of some of the best platforms to propel your sales growth..."

Business 2 Community, June 30th, 2021
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Boost Your Sales By Automating Efficiently: The Whats And Hows Of Sales Automation
Just imagine! There are more than 675 million LinkedIn users in more than 200 countries, and almost half of them are active ones.
"Besides being a professional networking and recruitment site, it's a perfect place to generate leads. Especially for B2B companies. Studies show that lead generation on LinkedIn can be almost 250% more effective than Facebook and Twitter.

So, if you are not on this social media network yet, this is the time to register your account.

The good news is that you can optimize your efforts and time by using LinkedIn automation tools. Yep! Those exist!

Here are the benefits that LinkedIn automation tools bring:..."

Business 2 Community, July 3rd, 2021
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How To Build Your First Sales Funnel
Although it's essential for every business to have a website, a static website isn't enough to help your business survive.
"It's critical to think in a different way. When creating your online presence, you need to approach it from the point of view of creating a sales funnel.

A website and sales funnel are two different things. Although your website plays a crucial role in setting up and facilitating your sales funnel.

Websites are static. They hold information for your audience. But unless you leverage it correctly, it won't automatically lead to sales.

Let's look at what a sales funnel is and how to build one. When you develop your online presence by focusing on the overall process that leads to sales, you'll create your website in the right way and grow your business fast..."

Business 2 Community, July 3rd, 2021
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Is Your Business Optimizing Its Current Sales Processes?
It's important to have a solid sales enablement strategy in place if you want to make a positive impact on your company's bottom line
"Of course, implementing that strategy is easier said than done. In fact, one survey found that over one-third of organizations (35.5%) have the optimization of sales processes as a top priority.

How can you tell whether your current sales enablement processes are really propelling your business forward? Or whether they're just 'treading water?' You may need to pause and take stock of the situation. Here are some key factors to include in your sales enablement assessment. Factors that will help you to determine if there's room for improvement (and if so, where it is)..."

Business 2 Community, June 28th, 2021
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Sales Enablement: How To Measure Your Sales Process' Success
Sales enablement is a powerful, transformative concept in the business world today.
"More and more companies are embracing a dedicated sales enablement function as an essential ingredient to staying competitive in a rapidly shifting landscape. And the data is clear: sales enablement works. For example, one study found that companies with dedicated sales enablement achieve a win rate that's almost 7% higher than those without one.

The question is, how can you be sure that your sales enablement process is working? What effect is it actually having on your reps? Measuring sales enablement success can be tricky, but it's not impossible. Here are 4 suggestions that can help..."

Business 2 Community, July 2nd, 2021
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vBeers South Florida - Virtual - Wednesday, July 7th
Online - Zoom
vBeers meetups are informal networking events for South Florida Tech professionals.

In-person, after work vBeers resumed in June!

July

  • July 7th - Zoom
  • July 14th - Funky Buddha, Oakland Park
  • July 21st - Biergarten Boca, Boca Raton
  • July 28th - Mike's at Venetia, Miami

August

  • August 4th - Zoom
  • August 11th - Funky Buddha, Oakland Park
  • August 18th - Biergarten Boca, Boca Raton
  • August 25th - Mike's at Venetia, Miami

Hang out with IT colleagues after work!

Don't forget to have a look at my weekly newsletters:

IT News And Events

IT Vendor News

IT Sales and Marketing News

South Florida IT Events

First Wednesdays of the Month: Please join the live meeting at 6:00PM EST with this Zoom link:

https://zoom.us/j/792850274

You can also join by phone: +1 646 558 8656 US (New York)

Meeting ID: 792 850 274

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Wednesday, July 7th, 2021: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
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vBeers South Florida - In Person @ Funky Buddha (July 14th)
Online - Zoom
vBeers meetups are informal networking events for South Florida Tech professionals.

In-person, after work vBeers resumed in June!

July

  • July 7th - Zoom
  • July 14th - Funky Buddha, Oakland Park
  • July 21st - Biergarten Boca, Boca Raton
  • July 28th - Mike's at Venetia, Miami

August

  • August 4th - Zoom
  • August 11th - Funky Buddha, Oakland Park
  • August 18th - Biergarten Boca, Boca Raton
  • August 25th - Mike's at Venetia, Miami

Hang out with IT colleagues after work!

Don't forget to have a look at my weekly newsletters:

IT News And Events

IT Vendor News

IT Sales and Marketing News

South Florida IT Events

First Wednesdays of the Month: Please join the live meeting at 6:00PM EST with this Zoom link:

https://zoom.us/j/792850274

You can also join by phone: +1 646 558 8656 US (New York)

Meeting ID: 792 850 274

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Wednesday, July 14th, 2021: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
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PeopleTek News
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Do You Share Your Magic Dust?
Those of you that are Leadership Journey alumni are very familiar with our term 'magic dust'. For those that are not, think in terms of what you're good at, what comes easy to you, what you enjoy doing, and what some would say is your gift
"The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away. - Pablo Picasso"

Think in terms of how you would define a good work day. Consider:

  • What gives you a sense of accomplishment?
  • What unique skills and abilities do you possess that impact your level of effectiveness and sense of adding value?
  • What qualities do you bring to your team or organization that others may not have?
  • Are you able to integrate your gifts/strengths both in your career and in your personal life?

Our 'magic dust' differentiates us from others and often guides us to the type of work or career we find fulfilling. It's fairly easy and natural to identify what we don't like doing, and we generally know what we are not good at, but we're not always aware of why we feel we had a great day at work and in general just feel good..."

PeopleTek News, July 1st, 2021
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SF IT vBeers Boca
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In Person: vBeers South Florida (Biergarten Boca) (July 21st)
Online - Zoom
vBeers meetups are informal networking events for South Florida Tech professionals.

In-person, after work vBeers resumed in June!

July

  • July 7th - Zoom
  • July 14th - Funky Buddha, Oakland Park
  • July 21st - Biergarten Boca, Boca Raton
  • July 28th - Mike's at Venetia, Miami

August

  • August 4th - Zoom
  • August 11th - Funky Buddha, Oakland Park
  • August 18th - Biergarten Boca, Boca Raton
  • August 25th - Mike's at Venetia, Miami

Hang out with IT colleagues after work!

Don't forget to have a look at my weekly newsletters:

IT News And Events

IT Vendor News

IT Sales and Marketing News

South Florida IT Events

First Wednesdays of the Month: Please join the live meeting at 6:00PM EST with this Zoom link:

https://zoom.us/j/792850274

You can also join by phone: +1 646 558 8656 US (New York)

Meeting ID: 792 850 274

One tap mobile +16465588656,,792850274# Hosted by John J. McLaughlin

Wednesday, July 21st, 2021: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
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SF IT vBeers Miami
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vBeers South Florida - In Person @ Mike's at Venetia, Miami (July 28th)
Online - Zoom
vBeers meetups are informal networking events for South Florida Tech professionals.

In-person, after work vBeers resumed in June!

June

  • June 16th - Biergarten Boca, Boca Raton
  • June 23rd - Mike's at Venetia, Miami

July

  • July 7th - Zoom
  • July 14th - Funky Buddha, Oakland Park
  • July 21st - Biergarten Boca, Boca Raton
  • July 28th - Mike's at Venetia, Miami

Hang out with IT colleagues after work!

Don't forget to have a look at my weekly newsletters:

IT News And Events

IT Vendor News

IT Sales and Marketing News

South Florida IT Events

Please join the live meeting at 6:00PM EST with this Zoom link:

You can also join by phone:

  • Meeting ID: 792 850 274
  • 646 558 8656 US
  • +16465588656,,792850274# US (New York)

vBeers@Boca is sponsored by TechLauderdale:

  • "TechLauderdale promotes the growth, connectivity, and awareness of the thriving technology ecosystem in Greater Fort Lauderdale"

Hosted by John J. McLaughlin

Wednesday, July 28th 2021: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
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Sponsor - TechLauderdale
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Become a Member of the Ecosystem, Join TechLauderdale Today
Membership benefits for TechLauderdale were designed to provide individuals and organizations with the choice on how to best utilize member benefits, with a great deal of flexibility and exclusivity. Key benefits of this structure include new ways for members to support the Greater Fort Lauderdale tech ecosystem, while at the same time taking advantage of ongoing tech education and training, exclusive networking and learning opportunities, and making valuable connections.

Corporate Membership Levels

  • Bronze - $500 (1 to 3 Employees)
  • Silver - $1,500 - (4 to 25 Employees)
  • Gold - $2,500 - (25 to 50 Employees)
  • Platinum - $3,500 - (over 50 Employees)

Individual Memberships

  • Individual - $100/year or $10/month

TechLauderdale has recently updated its membership levels with increased benefits for each level to better align the value we have to offer with the mission of the organization and our value pillars of: Learn, Connect, and Grow. Read the full membership letter here that explains the changes to the program in greater detail.

Promoting the Growth, Connectivity, and Awareness of the Thriving technology ecosystem in Greater Fort Lauderdale
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Sponsor - SIM
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Society for Information Management (SIM) - South Florida Chapter
Joining SIM connects you with top IT leaders in the industry, including: CIOs, senior IT executives, prominent academicians, consultants, and other top IT professionals
The Chapter strives to strengthen professional communications among members who direct the application of information technology in private and public organizations. Chapter activities include:

  • Meeting to share innovative ideas and real-world experiences which address enterprise information needs. We have excellent speakers from our membership and bring in industry executives or subject matter experts from many sources.
  • Providing presentations by leading national information-management professionals and executives who benefit from management-information systems.
  • Challenging our comfort levels by exchanging ideas with peers and business counterparts.
  • Being a resource for each other, and personal networking.

The geographical scope of the South Florida Chapter is Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach County. Subscribe to receive emails from the chapter to get notified of all relevant events in the area. If you are already subscribed, you will be sent a link to update your preferences.

Connects the Area's Premier IT leaders - for Business Solution Exchange, Professional Development, and Timely Education
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Sponsor - ISACA
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ISACA South Florida Chapter
A diverse group of innovative thought leaders partnering with the community to serve as the first choice for professional development and a global role model for ISACA Chapters by 2024
SPONSORSHIP PROGRAM

  • ISACA South Florida Chapter outreach to more than 1,000 professionals, and partner organizations which represent a range of Corporate IT Audit, IT Compliance, IT Governance & IT Security responsibilities in a cross section of industries and business sizes
  • Extensive networking opportunities, face-to-face contact and one-on-one meetings
  • Display of your latest products and services to all attendees
  • Traffic flow throughout the exhibition area
  • Display of your logo and link to your home page on our ISACA South Florida Chapter web site

Find out more! Contact us at president@isacasfl.org

Corporate IT Audit, IT Compliance, IT Governance & IT Security Professionals
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Sponsor - ISSA
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South Florida Chapter of the ISSA
The ISSA South Florida Chapter (SFISSA) is a not-for-profit organization of information security professionals and practitioners
ISSA provides educational forums and peer interaction opportunities that enhance the knowledge, skill and professional growth of its members. Members include practitioners at all levels of the security field in a broad range of industries, such as communications, education, healthcare, manufacturing, financial and government. SFISSA is an excellent vehicle for those who need to acquire CPE credits for certification needs. We need your support, so we hope that you will consider becoming a sponsor to support our chapter.

Sponsorship Options: Chapter sponsorship

Platinum sponsors $1,500/meeting benefits include:

  • Non-marketing presentation at one SFISSA meeting (including attendee/sign-in list)
  • Higher priority in speaker selection for SFISSA Annual Conference
  • Logo signage displayed at meetings*
  • Logo, name and company URL on SFISSA website for event
  • Materials distributed at SFISSA meetings*
  • 5 minute presentation at 1 SFISSA meetings per year

Program sponsors $1,000/meeting benefits include:

  • Non-marketing presentation at one SFISSA meeting
  • Logo signage displayed at meetings*
  • Logo, name and company URL on SFISSA website for event
  • Materials distributed at SFISSA meetings*
  • 5 minute presentation at 1 SFISSA meetings per year

Conference sponsorship opportunities coming soon.

Not-for-profit Organization of Information Security Professionals and Practitioners
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Sponsor - Refresh Miami
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Refresh Miami: Educate, Inspire, Connect and Grow South Florida's Tech and Startup Ecosystem
Be front and center at all our monthly speaker events, get training on the latest technologies, break bread with our distinguished speakers, and find qualified candidates via our sponsored job listings
Be front and center at all our monthly speaker events, get training on the latest technologies, break bread with our distinguished speakers, and find qualified candidates via our sponsored job listings.

Refresh Corporate: $2000/Year

  • Guaranteed ticket to all speaker events
  • Complimentary ticket to three (3) Refresh Miami workshops ($150 value!)
  • 40% discount on all other Refresh Miami workshops ($160 value!)
  • Preferred Access to VIP/Speaker Dinners
  • Discounts on Community Events
  • Partner Discounts
  • Refresh Miami T-Shirt
  • Ability to post relevant events to Community Calendar
  • Ability to post jobs to Refresh Job Board
  • Ability to post business to Refresh Miami Tech Map

$2000/Year

Join today and experience some great benefits, like guaranteed tickets to all Refresh Miami speaker events, access to VIP / Speaker dinners, discounts on Refresh Miami workshops and more!
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Sponsor - Palm Beach Tech
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Tech Hub South Florida
Check our Membership options and help build the Palm Beaches into a Tech Hub!
Our Memberships are based on Exposure, Talent, & Business

  • STARTUP and nonprofit - $,1000/year
  • Ambassador - $2,500/year
  • Premier - $5,000/year
  • Executive - $10,000/year

Palm Beach Tech is a nonprofit membership association Building the Palm Beaches into a Tech Hub.

A Nonprofit Membership Association Building the Palm Beaches into a Tech Hub
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Sponsor - SFHIMA
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South Florida Health Information Management Association (SFHIMA)
We are the SMEs in health information! So whether you are a student, a recent graduate, seasoned professional or profession partner, your local chapter is here for you.
South Florida Health Information Management Association.

The theme from FHIMA for this year is 'Smooth Sailing Ahead'.

SFHIMA is ready to set sail with more great informational sessions, networking and continuing education opportunities. Sessions this year will be offered in person and via remote web connections.

Create and Encourage an Environment Conducive to Promoting HIM Practices and Emerging HIM Occupations
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Sponsor - PMI
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PMI: Advance the PM Profession Through the Promotion of Certification Training
To be a conduit of innovation, networking and support for the next evolution of Project Managers through strategic focus, customer centricity and operation agility
Mission

  • Advance the PM profession through the promotion of PMI certification training and project excellence acknowledgement.

  • Provide members and volunteers with networking, leadership roles and superior development and education events and activities,

  • Ensure alignment with PMIs talent triangle, compliance with PMIs core values and contribution to the improvement of the PM body of knowledge.

We are only one of over 270 Chapters serving Project Management Institute (PMI) members and communities in more than 70 countries around the world. These local communities help spread awareness of the profession and PMI by reaching out to local governments and organizations, hosting events or seminars for local practitioners and providing opportunities to learn, network and earn Professional Development Units (PDUs) toward maintaining credentials.

PMI South Florida Chapter
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Sponsor - IIBA
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IIBA: Premier World-Wide Professional Association for Business Analysts
We are the local representative of the International Institution of Business Analysis (IIBA), the premier world-wide professional association for business analyst
Sponsorships are available.

The objectives of the Chapter are to:

  • Promote and advance the profession of Business Analysis
  • Provide opportunities to our members to gain knowledge and network with experienced professionals across various industries and government agencies
  • Provide access for members to a formal "knowledge base" as well as forums for sharing expertise, expressing professional opinions and building a reputation within the industry
  • Provide pathways to learn about business analysis best practices
  • Create corporate support for the IIBA within the local market by superior marketing/awareness programs that demonstrate the value of business analysis and the IIBA
  • Liaise with industry and association partners to increase awareness and benefit of IIBA Chapter members
  • Encourage and provide opportunities for our members to become Business Analysis certified professionals

As our events calendar and past events reflect, we have a mix of day time symposiums for professional development, after work meetings focused on a topic of particular concern to business analysts, and online meetings and webinars to develop your technical skills and analytical competencies, as well as one to two premiere dinner events per year with at least one distinguished guest speaker.

International Institution of Business Analysis (IIBA)
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