System analysts for dummies

8 Mar

A system analyst improves efficiency within an organisation. A system Analyst should be able to detect areas for improvement and develop ways in which processes can be improved. The proper use of tools for gathering information is the key for successful analysis
The main methods for a system analyst to carry out the investigations of a system are the following:
• Observation
• Interview
• Document Analysis
• Questionnaire/Surveys
Observation
The observation method involves examining events and actions as they are carried out. The job of the analysts is to watch how the procedures are carried out and allows the analyst to view how the work is completed and what it entails.
Interview
The interview technique is a method, in person, to gather and collect facts directly from the users of the system under examination and inspection.
The interviewer will ask specific questions to help retrieve useful and practical information from the interviewee to help develop and find out the thoughts on the system.
Document Analysis
This method requires the examination of existing data, documentations used for the existing system resulting in the analyst obtaining realistic and authentic information about the system.
Questionnaire
Questionnaires/Surveys consist of a set of indistinguishable questions. This may be the traditional method of handing/posting CVs out but now with the development of improved Information Systems these questionnaires may be distributed electronically which is easier for larger groups and to analyse and present the results.

One Response to “System analysts for dummies”

  1. sad111708665 March 8, 2013 at 2:53 pm #

    …good infomration here; i am no longer a dummy🙂 thank you.

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