What does the future hold for systems analyst? How will their role change in years to come, if at all? How will advancements in technology effect their role? These are the questions I will attempt to answer in this blog.
The need for systems analyst all around the world is growing quite fast. From now until 2018 the number of systems analyst is predicted to increase much faster than the average. Organizations worldwide have recognised the need for information systems in their own companies and how they can use them in order to gain a competitive advantage in the marketplace over other companies that are in the same industry. The fact that more and more people are now using newer technologies like smartphones and tablets will lead to an increase in demand for information systems to be able to manage user requests efficiently and quickly.
Computer crime is on the rise at the moment as criminals are now targeting information systems and in particular the information systems of large organizations such as Twitter and the Playstation network. Private customer data is being compromised in these cases. Governments are also being targeted such as the Pentagon in the US. Systems analysts can play a vital role in helping to prevent these types of cyber attacks on companies information systems. This is another reason why systems analyst are in demand.
There are many new internet and wireless technologies such as 4G LTE. Systems analyst will have to adapt to these new technologies by engaging in things like continuos professional development in order to build the latest and greatest IS for an organization.
It is very hard to predict how the role of a systems analyst will change in ten, twenty years time as technology is changing all the time. One might say that like with many other jobs nowadays organizations will eventually invent a technology that is able to carry out the role of a systems analyst itself and thus remove the need for systems analyst altogether. However, I do not believe that this will be the case. This technology may eventually be invented perhaps in a century or two but not any time soon. As I and my fellow group members have outlined in previous posts the role of a systems analyst requires quite a lot of human interaction with organization employees to help understand in detail the needs of the company as well as being able to map out how to go about building the IS. The role requires a high number of skills and a good quality of education. Therefore I think that the role of a systems analyst will not change a great deal in years to come outside of the technological advancements that systems analysts will have to become accustomed to.