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Final blog: Advantages of being a systems analyst:

11 Mar

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.



Now that we are almost finished….what does the future hold for systems analysts?

10 Mar

With the rapid developments in technology it is forcing businesses to adapt to the changing nature of commerce. With more emphasis on E-commerce the need for flexible and innovation systems analysts is only going to increase significantly. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment Projections program,

“Employment of computer systems analysts is expected to grow 22 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average of all occupations.”

This shows how much business will change over the next number of decades as technology continues to advance! There will be a need for better training of new systems analysts and even better RE-TRAINING of existing SA’s in order for businesses to remain competitive.

Growth in wireless and mobile networks will create a need for new systems that work well with these networks.

Additional job growth is expected in healthcare fields. A large increase is expected in electronic medical records, e-prescribing, and other forms of healthcare IT, and analysts will be needed to design computer systems to accommodate the increase.

I hope you all enjoyed my blogs! To be honest I wasnt very sure about the idea initially but i must admit i thoroughly enjoyed the research aspect of it as well as the publishing side of it.


Systems Analyst : Knowledge

10 Mar

Knowledge is power as the old saying goes. In order for a systems analyst to fulfil their role properly an extensive inventory of information is required.  The knowledge a systems analyst must posses includes a vast know how of:

Computer Electronics:  A knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment. Up to date understanding of computer software and hardware, including executing applications and programming.

Customer and Personal Service : A knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This will include customer needs assessment and evaluation of customer satisfaction. An analyst must also meet quality standards for services provided.

Mathematics: Systems analysis requires a broad understanding of the mathematical principles of calculus, statistics, arithmetic,geometry  and their applications in information systems.

Engineering and Technology: Knowledge and the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various systems and programs.

Design: Knowledge of design techniques and tools. Knowledge of the principles involved in production of precision technical plans. Ability to create  blueprints, drawings, and models.

Education and Training: Knowledge of principles and methods for training and curriculum design. An aptitude for teaching and instruction for individuals and groups. The monitoring and evaluation of training effects on user or employee performance.

Communications and Media: Knowledge of media production, communication, and the dissemination techniques and methods of. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, or visual media.

Clerical : Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.

With all this information a good systems analyst is an intelligent well rounded employee who can be relied on and trusted.

blogged out.

10 Mar

Last day and loads of blogs here is a few computer jokes to brighten your day!!!


cat n comp



Systems and Requirements analysis

10 Mar

Systems Analysis:

This is understanding and specifying in detail exactly what an Information System should do.

  •  A detailed study of how the current system functions should be carried out first.
  •  Followed by an assessment of what the users would like to see in the new system.

Requirements Analysis:

This can be a very difficult aspect of the Information Systems development.


                Major causes of Project failure:

  •   Poor user input.
  •  Incomplete requirements.
  • Changing requirements.
  •  Miscommunications.

Difficulties include:

  •  Complex problems.
  •  Unknown domains.
  •  Non-technical customers.

Requirements gathering:

  1.  Traditional methods
  •  Interviews
  •  Surveys
  •  Observation
  • Study business documents

2.       Modern methods.

  •  Joint application design
  • Group decision support systems
  • Prototyping


3.       Radical methods

  •  Business process reengineering

Role of a Systems Analyst: Analyst Skills

10 Mar

Generally, analysts must have a good set of people skills, business skills, technical skills and soft skills to be successful.
These include:
1. Having good verbal and written communication skills, including active listening skills.
2. Being well organized and knowing good processes to complete the work needed for the project.
3. Building effective relationships with clients to develop joint vision for the project.
4. Assisting the project manager by managing client expectations through careful and proactive communications regarding requirements and changes.
5. Negotiating skills to build a final consensus on a common set of requirements from all clients and stakeholders.
6. Ensuring that stakeholders know the implications of their decisions, and providing options and alternatives when necessary.
7. The ability to handle multiple roles;
Depending on the size of your projects, an analyst’s time may be allocated one of the following ways:
(1) They may have a full-time role on a large project.
(2) They may have analyst responsibilities for multiple projects, each of which is less than full time, but the combination of which adds up to a full-time role.
(3) They may fill multiple roles, each of which requires a certain level of skill and responsibility. On one project, for instance, they may be both an analyst and a beta tester.


Role Of A Systems Analayst: Process Responsibilities

10 Mar

The role of an analyst is to help organizations understand the challenges before them to make this transition and to ensure that the needs and expectations of the client are represented correctly in the final solution.
Each company needs to define the specific roles and responsibilities that an analyst plays in their organization.
In general, the analyst is responsible for ensuring that the requirements set forth by the business are captured and documented correctly before the solution is developed and implemented.

Process Responsibilities:
Once the Analysis Phase begins, the analyst plays a key role in making sure that the overall project successfully meets the client needs. This includes:
1. Analyzing and understanding the current state processes to ensure that the context and implications of change are understood by the clients and the project team
2. Developing an understanding of how present and future business needs will impact the solution.
3. Identifying the sources of requirements and understanding how roles help determine the relative validity of requirements
4. Developing a requirements management plan and disseminating the plan to all stakeholders.
5. Identifying and documenting all business, technical, product and process requirements.
6. Working with the client to prioritize and rationalize the requirements.
7. Helping to define acceptance criteria for completion of the solution.
This does not mean that the analyst physically does all of this work. There may be other people on the team that contribute, including the project manager. However if the finished solution is missing features, or if the solution does not resolve the business need, then the analyst is the person held accountable.


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