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.
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.
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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