Date: 7 Mar 2019
Where: Fareham

Artificial Intelligence – asset or threat to the modern Business Analyst

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is one of the fastest growing technologies with a great future ahead of it. Many researchers believe that in the next decade around 16% of current jobs worldwide will be replaced by AI automation; in some sectors half the jobs could disappear. The same researchers believe that not all white-collar jobs are safe from the “AI threat”. James will attempt to present a balanced view of the current state of AI development, separating the myths from the facts. He will also discuss the potential impact of rapid growth in AI technology and automation on the future of the Business Analyst profession.

About James

Przemyslaw (James) Ciesluk is an accomplished Senior Business Analyst with over 15 years of experience in Business Analysis and software development. James started his career as a software designer working for consumer electronics companies (DSPG, Phillips PDSL) quickly moving into the field of Business Analysis. In his 13+ years as a Business Analyst, James has worked in a number of business sectors including airlines industry (Air Canada, KLM and United Arab Emirates), public services sector (HMRC in the UK) and Financial Services sector (Zurich Insurance plc). In addition to his role as a Senior Business Analyst at Zurich Insurance, James is also a passionate Agile delivery enthusiast and mobile application development entrepreneur. 


No-Code Software Development – oxymoron? 

All development projects need:

  1. The Business Case to be understood
  2. The User Requirements to be elicited

These are the foundations for a great story, gathered by the Business Analyst and compiled so that they can be handed over to an entirely different entity – the software author.
This has been the accepted way of working for the past 30 years (not forgetting all the other roles involved). But it has a very poor track record, principally because the creative feedback loops required for any good story are not catered for. 
Recently the status quo has been challenged by “the agile development agenda”, which is intended to provide a structure for creative feedback during the development process, though “structure” and “creativity” are rarely happy bed-fellows.
But is all this really necessary?  Is it possible to develop a software system without needing a software coder?  Perhaps No-Code development platforms are the answer?
There are currently around 20 commercially available “No-Code” software development platforms.  This presentation will provide an overview of the three principal types of No-Code platforms and will be accompanied by a demonstration of one of them.

About Chris

With 30 years experience as Director of a software development company, Chris Dockree has provided network and web based software systems for a large and diverse number of clients.  During this time he has witnessed how organisations have commissioned systems that rarely achieve their intended aims, if they are even completed. Worse still, organisations pass control of their destiny to third party software developers.

Hence Chris has developed a firm belief that software should empower the subject matter expert / organisational team to conceive and deliver systems that positively differentiate their organisations from the competition. In particular, software must enable the creativity of stakeholders to improve, deliver and manage their own service.  He challenges the conventional models with a strong belief that technical software programmers should be excluded from the production of a software service.
Chris is a true advocate of the Business Analysts role and skillset, envisaging a brighter future for organisations who utilise such creativity.  He champions the case that organisations should recognise that software service development is an integral part of their intellectual process.


Light refreshments will be provided.


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