Welcome to the Columbus, Ohio Chapter of the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA®). The Columbus, Ohio Chapter exists to champion and give voice to the profession of business analysis; to educate our members and those who use our services; and to advance our professional standing by participating in a rigorous program of national certification.
We draw our membership from the dynamic business environment of Ohio’s capitol and from vibrant professional communities in nearby cities and suburbs.
If you are a business analyst, project or program manager, or interested business professional working in the Columbus, Ohio area, we invite you to join our chapter and share our energy as we help to define and shape the role of the business analyst in today’s enterprise environments.
BAPDD 2016 Info
Where to go
We are in a new (larger) location this year: the Hyatt Regency Downtown Columbus. Getting to the conference and where to find us will be a little different.
The Hyatt has garage parking!!! The valet parking of years past has caused quite a bit of angst. This year we have 3 options for parking near the Hyatt:
A) Columbus Convention Center South Garage
B) Columbus Convention Center East Surface Lot
C) Chestnut Street Garage Parking is free if you park in one of these lots/garages.
You will need to ask for a parking pass at registration to exit the garage for free. Otherwise you will be on the hook for parking. A map of the 3 lots/garages is at the end of the email. If you live or work near the Hyatt, the chapter would encourage you to use your normal lot (if convenient) to avoid arrival or exit lines.
The registration desk is on the third floor by the Regency ballroom. We will have signs and volunteers to direct you to the escalators to this area. Registration will begin at 7:00 AM. You will be provided with your event badge, conference bag, parking pass, and event program at registration. Breakfast, lunch and keynotes will be held in the Regency ballroom. The breakout sessions, mid-morning snacks, mid-afternoon snacks, and vendor area will be held on the second floor in the convention area of the Hyatt.
If it were not for the generosity of our sponsors, it would be impossible to put on this event. The chapter wants to recognize their support for this event and helping us grow and acheive another “sell out”. We would especially like to recognize Cardinal Health for being the title sponsor this year. While at BAPDD, please take some time to visit and thank the sponsors for helping make this event what it is. You will find a vendor “bingo card” in your registration bag. This year the chapter will be giving away two FitBits as well as other prizes donated by sponsors.
Please note that you must be present to win, and we draw for these at the end of the conference. Look for your card after registration, visit the vendor room and get stamped! After the grand prize give away the board will be adjourning down the street for a post conference cocktail and networking at a yet to be named establishment. Once we announce the location, please join us to socialize.
The breakout rooms will be much larger this year. However, we also have 125 more registered attendees. Each room will sit close to 100 people, however, we do expect some speakers to “sell out” and fill the room. Please be respectful of room monitors who close the doors on a full session. The fire marshall gets grumpy if we don’t follow the “max attendee” rules.
We get reams of feedback every year on the temperature of the rooms. While we are conscious of the room temps, we also rely on the expertise of the Hyatt staff to help keep things as comfortable as possible. It is extremely difficult to keep a 10,000+ sq ft conference space with 500+ attendees “perfect”. Throw in rooms filling up then emptying out and we face an uphill battle. In the six years we’ve had this conference we have experienced every end of the spectrum. Year 1 the outdoor temps went from 70 to 40 degrees in about 22 hours and people froze in the rooms. A couple of years ago we had the air conditioning break on an 85-degree day making the rooms feel like ovens (I mean; how can you ever forget the great AC failure of ’13?).
Bottom line, we make no promises on the temps in the rooms as the goal of the convention staff is to keep things moderate and comfortable for the majority. So, for all of these reasons above, it is best to presume the rooms will be cold. The convention group tends to err on the side of “chilly” to account for 500+ people being in a confined space. If you tend to get cold, we recommend wearing layers or bring a sweater to stay comfortable. Of course it IS August, so it may be hot, who knows.
Do know that we will do our best to observe and tweak the temps as the day goes on.
Continental breakfast, buffet lunch and snacks/beverages during breaks will be served. There will be vegetarian options available and all of the lunch items (except the desserts) are gluten free. This year’s Caribbean inspired lunch menu was designed and created by Chef Abhay Nair (uh-bye nei-ear). Born and raised in Trinidad, Chef Nair began his career with Hyatt in 2007 at the Hyatt Regency Trinidad. He has earned such awards as the 2011 Gold Medal Winner with the Trinidad National Culinary Team, 2011 Most Innovative Dish in Taste of the Caribbean and the 2014 Chef of the Year (Trinidad) in the Hyatt Caribbean Awards. In 2015, Chef Nair joined the Hyatt Regency Columbus culinary team as the Banquet Sous Chef and has brought new and innovative cuisine to the Midwest.