A systems analyst could be employed by a company or work for an external client to examine their IT systems and processes, design new IT solutions to improve business efficiency and productivity. Generally speaking, systems analysts study clients’ systems requirements, write comprehensive programs and system specifications to meet these requirements, then finally consult with the users of the system to ensure higher production.
Most systems analysts work with the specific type of system, application or field in which they have experience:
Applications system analysts undertake design tasks for specific applications. For example a business computer application or system may include the development of a new payroll or stock control system.
Software analysts work in the area of design and modification of the operating environment software that links computer software and hardware.
Systems architects examine the hardware requirements that support systems implementation across personal computers, mainframes or networks.
Business systems analysts study the overall business and information needs of an organization, in order to develop solutions to business and related technology problems.
- insight into the functioning of organizations
- able to think clearly and logically
- the ability to explain technical ideas clearly
- good negotiating skills
- good team working skills
- the ability to work under pressure and to deadlines
- aptitude for mathematics
A Typical Day:
A typical day for a Systems Analyst might include
- identifying the client organization’s needs
- translating client requirements into highly specified project briefs
- identifying options for potential solutions and assessing them for both technical and business suitability
- working closely with developers and a variety of end users to ensure technical compatibility and user satisfaction
- producing project feasibility reports
- presenting proposals to clients
To work as a systems analyst you normally need a BTEC HNC/HND (Diploma) or a degree, backed up with industry experience. Below are some relevant subjects that system analysts study
- Computer science/studies
- Information management systems
- Business information systems
- Maths and operational research