So is there any of ye out there who are passionate about our IS classes and you really want to become a system analyst?
Well if you are, here are some of the skills that you would need to be a system analyst
The skills that a system analyst should have are classified into the following
1. Analytical skills
2. Management skills
3. Technical skills
4. Interpersonal skills
Today I will go through the Analytical skills that you would need to be a system analyst
A system analyst should posses various skills to effectively carry out their job. Specifically, theses skills can be divided, into some of the following categories:
* System study
* Problem Identification
* Organisational knowledge
*Problem analysis and problem solving
This is about knowing what the system is. This is probably the most important skill that a system analyst should have, they should be able to identify work assignment as a system. A system analysts should be able to identify each of the systems characteristics such as inputs, outputs, processes, etc.
This is the difference between the existing situation and the desired situation defined as a problem. The manager defines differences by comparing the current situation to the output of a model that predicts what the output should be.
Problem analysis and problem solving:
Herbert Simon proposed the following approach for problem analysis and problem solving:
1. Intelligence: During this phase, all information relevant to the problem is collected
2. Design: Alternatives are formulated during this phase
3. Choice: the best alternative solution is chosen in this phase
4. Implementation: the solution is then put into practice during this phase
This is where the person must understand how the organisation works whether he/she is an in-house or contract software developer. They must understand the functions and the procedures of the particular organisation for which they are working for. An example of the organisational knowledge that a system analyst should know would be :they should understand the organisation’s internal politics such as finding the experts in different concerned subject areas.
These are the skills that focus of the procedures and techniques for operation analysis, system analysis, and computer science. These skills include: THe ability to understand computers, databases, operating systems and so on. For a system analyst to develop a computer-based information system , they must understand information technologies , their potentials and mor importantly their limitations. A system analyst would need technical skills not only to perform tasks assigned to him/her but also to communicate with other people that they would work with in systems development.
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