What are the differences between the role of a Systems Analyst and that of a Business Analyst.

5 Mar



Over the weekend I was in work and noticed that one of my supervisors was blogging on WordPress and we got talking about this project that I’m doing……I told him that I was given the topic “The role of a systems analyst” and he asked me “is that the same as a business analyst?” and to be honest I couldn’t answer him so I said that it might be a good idea to research this so here we go!!!!


According to Tony de Bree of modernanalyst.com,

“The differences in some organizations do not exist. In other companies, the comparison is almost an insult.” 


He explains that a systems analyst has the ability to look at a program and see the code allowing them to identify where the changes need to be made efficiently and effectively.  They can collect data and process it into usable code for a new project or program and can recognize where problems exist even by just looking at the code itself. As well as this, they can rewrite this code to resolve any problems in a swift manner avoiding any unnecessary losses.

The systems analyst can consult with other IT members using technical language which is not understood by the business stakeholders.

“The stakeholders are just grateful the job is being done.”


One of the main differences is the fact that a business analyst, rather than dealing exclusively with the I.T department they are highly engaged in interaction with all of the stakeholders.

“He or she acts as a liaison between management and IT.”

This shows that the role of a business analyst is far more people orientated. They have to be more focused on the organisation as a whole from a business perspective instead of from a technical point of view. Although they may not be able to understand or write code, they will however be able to suggest ideas for what the code should do.

 “The business analyst needs the systems analyst to make the code work effectively. Working together, these two people can accomplish great things for the company.”



  • When determining user needs as a systems analyst, is the focus on what the system should do, look like and how it should function?
  • A business analysis approach is more focused on why the user has the need, what options there are to solve for it, and what impacts are systematically part of the solution?



3 Responses to “What are the differences between the role of a Systems Analyst and that of a Business Analyst.”

  1. sad111744291 March 5, 2013 at 1:28 pm #

    well done as many people do not know the difference

  2. sad112540853 March 8, 2013 at 1:18 am #

    i really did not know the difference until now, thanks 😀

  3. sad111708665 March 8, 2013 at 2:34 pm #

    ….this has been very helpful in my study of IS! thanks!

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