The Role of an IS Analyst

3 Feb

An IS Analysts is often referred to a Business Analyst, Business Systems Analysts or a Requirements Analyst. The role of an analyst is to help organisations understand their challenges and to satisfy their needs correctly in the final solution. The client needs to define the role a IS analyst plays in their firm. Such responsibilities include ensuring required tasks are documented correctly before the solution is created.

If requirement aren’t captured and documented accurately, the analyst is held accountable. If the solution meets the documented requirements, but the solution doesn’t accurately match the requirements of the client, the analyst is held responsible.


Process Responsibilities

The analyst makes sure that the overall project meets the client’s requirements. They work with the client to achieve their prioritised requirements. However, this doesn’t mean that the analyst does all the work, but the will the one held responsible if the requirements aren’t met.

Analyst Skills

The analyst must have good people skills as well as business, technical and soft skills. These include abilities such as being organised, building positive customer relationships to develop joint vision for the project and managing client expectations through communication. Analysts must use negotiation skills to create a final consensus on what the final requirements will be and ensuring that stakeholders know the implications of their decisions.

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7 Responses to “The Role of an IS Analyst”

  1. sad112759089 February 4, 2013 at 1:19 am #

    Found the link very helpful

  2. sad112712305 February 4, 2013 at 5:15 pm #

    What if the analyst will receive wrong information from the business owner or employee ?

    • sad112567137 February 4, 2013 at 5:18 pm #

      This would waste a lot of time and money because the analyst would have to ask the client for their requirements, document them and then work on the project again

    • sad111744291 February 5, 2013 at 3:35 pm #

      Is not system analyst’s role to design the way how he will gather the most accurate information?

      • sad112567137 February 7, 2013 at 1:27 pm #

        Yes, that’s true 🙂 The analyst designs the way in which info will be gathered, once then know what their client requires 🙂

  3. sad112540853 March 7, 2013 at 11:48 pm #

    Very interesting blog, you can really get an idea of how much different qualities a system analyst should have. I never knew that they would have to have good people skills as well as being good with coming up with new systems/ improving systems. It just shows that you have to be an all rounder to be a system analyst 😀 Great Blog 😀

    • sad112567137 March 9, 2013 at 7:37 pm #

      Thanks 🙂 Yup that’s true! There’s so much more to it than just analysis 🙂

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