As it is the end of the blog I felt that I would give a few advantages of been a systems analyst. This information is good for those who would be interested in the pacific career.
Advantages of being a systems analyst:
•Full-time computer systems analysts usually receive benefits. The typical benefits include health insurance, paid vacation, and sick leave. Some employers also pay tuition for computer training courses and offer a retirement plan.
•Much of the demand for systems analysts is the result of advances in computer technology. New computers can accomplish more difficult tasks and process more information. As a result, businesses are upgrading their computer systems or adding new systems. This gives a very demanding need for systems analysts within many big and small firms.
•The computer industry appears to be one of the fastest growing areas; there are often available jobs for system analysts so the unemployment rate for that pacific job is very low.
•They have a moderate level of social contact. They work with staff, but also spend time alone while programming.
•They always work as part of a team.
•They usually work at least 40 hours a week.
•They also get to travel to trade shows, seminars, and trainings.
“System analysts may be responsible for developing cost analyses, design considerations, and implementation time-lines”. If requirement aren’t captured and documented accurately, the analyst is held accountable. A systems analyst will have many duties within a firm and here are a short few just for examples and if people would like more just leave a comment and I will add more to the blog.
1). Supervise implementation of new system – seen as the system analysts are those who maintain the systems it is vital they supervise the implementation in case problems arise.
2) Analyse existing business operations and existing information systems (computerized or not) – this is done to insure the system analysts are maintaining the systems.
3) Design new systems including process flow and security procedures etc – this is to protect my systems from encountering threats from damaging viruses.
4). Study trends in technology.
5). Study trends in business and be aware of competitors’ exploitation of technology.
6). Prepare training material for users of new system – this makes it easier for the users to understand how to work the system and it also helps employees too as they won’t run into as many complications.
When it comes to companies such as DELL they are reliant on Systems analysts as they work with various professionals in business and computer careers to select the most optimal hardware, software, internet and networking tools that will accomplish business goals.
As these projects become very costly in this profession, you need to stay within a broad budget or provide an acceptable cost-benefit over a period of time.
Within the company the System Analyst will use various modelling techniques, accounting principles and business analyses. According to http://computer-careers-review.toptenreviews.com “to make a database the most useful, it needs to contain data needed by different departments within a company, and data needs to be presented in a way that end-users can most benefit”. End-users may be employees or customers or a combination of both. It is vital that the database will facilitate different security levels so that only employees can access certain information or database fields to perform certain tasks without encountering threats from malicious software’s, and customers will also be able to access information but only to a certain extent.
The system also needs to have the capacity to support multiple users and have enough memory to support growth over an acceptable period of time.These tasks cannot be complete by employees from other sectors as they don’t have the skills and qualities which are needed so that is why it is vital that companies such as DELL have high skilled system analysts working in the company.
A system analyst is a very important person within a company. Although some companies may have different views to what a system analyst’s role is, the companies still look for the same desirable skills and qualities.
The most desirable skills are:
• Patience – this is one thing that many people lack and it is crucial that a system analyst has this as many projects fail and also programmes will crash (they fail most of the time) and the system analyst will have to try and revert the problem which takes time and it you don’t have patience then you are in trouble! This is by far the number one desired quality many companies will look for in a systems analyst.
• People skills – you must be able to work with a different variety of people and also be able to work on a team. According to Jamie Hoag “. You should be an assertive person”.
• Problem solving – as said above under patience the system analyst will have to be able to understand why a programme failed and figure out how to fix it as soon as possible because it could have some bad consequences for the company if they are relying on it.
• Excellent communication abilities– as the system analyst will be working with a variety of people they will have to have very strong communication skills.
According to Jamie Hoag “These are all things that should be within the person naturally along with the actual computer skills necessary to analyse systems”.
A systems analyst plays a very important role in the systems development process. According to http://www.prenhall.com “A successful systems analyst must acquire four skills: analytical, technical, managerial, and interpersonal”.
Analytical skills enable systems analysts to understand the organization and its functions, which helps them to identify opportunities and to solve problems. Technical skills help systems analysts understand the potential and the limitations of information technology. Management skills are very important and vital because it helps systems analysts manage projects, resources and change. Finally interpersonal skills help systems analysts work with end users along with other systems professionals.
A Systems Analyst is a programmer or consultant who designs and manages the development of business applications. Usually they are more involved in design issues rather than the day to day coding.
An analyst helps organisations as they gather and analyse data for developing information systems, they design and guide the implementation of business computed-based information systems and they also prepare and present reports to management when needed. Although this is one definition of a system analyst there are many more as a system analyst role varies from organisation to organisation but usually the roles are somehow similar.
According to www.freetutes.com “The system analyst is the person (or persons) who guides through the development of an information system. In performing these tasks the analyst must always match the information system objectives with the goals of the organization”. As you can see the two different definitions are very similar.