Methods used by Systems Analysts to Gather Information

5 Mar

There are many different methods used by systems analysts to gather the information required to design an information system. It is vital that they gather relevant information from the client that clearly outlines what they want the system to do and what it should be capable of doing. Otherwise  the system created will just be a waste of the analysts time and resources. And so I am going to go in to a bit more detail about the traditional methods they use to gather information since it is so crucial in their job 🙂

Traditional methods

            1. 1. Interviews
              The aim of an interview is to gather information, facts and opinions from the person being interviewed through a series of insightful questions. It is important that the systems analyst plans the questions they plan to ask in advance in order to ensure they gather all the necessary information and detail they require. An interview allows the interviewee to provide long, detailed answers if they require and it provides the interviewer the opportunity to respond and ask questions that may stem from the answers given. 2475240-3d-colour-boxes-with-text--interview-word 
            2. 2.  Questionnaires
              Questionnaires are another traditional method used by systems analysts. There are often more questions in a questionnaire than in an interview so it is another important source of information for the analyst before they begin designing the information system. Questions featured on a survey can be open or closed. A questionnaire allows the subject time to think about their answer and time to recall previous events or thoughts. Another advantage of questionnaires is that they are less time consuming than interviews.
            3. 3. Observation
              This method involves the system analyst observing their client in their daily routine in order to gather information. It is a good method to use along with interviews however it is a flawed method; some people may act differently when they know they are being observed. 
            4. So they are some of the different traditional methods used by analysts, next time I will describe some of the modern methods they use 🙂

3 Responses to “Methods used by Systems Analysts to Gather Information”

  1. sad111744291 March 5, 2013 at 3:36 pm #

    would you mind post some sources ?? looks very good and could be used for my exams

  2. sad111431782 March 7, 2013 at 10:46 am #

    Main source was 🙂

  3. sad112540853 March 8, 2013 at 1:14 am #

    very interesting blog, very helpful 😀

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