Succeeding as a Systems Analyst, Roles Class 2 First, some definitions Systems Development Systems Analysis: Specifying in detail how the many components of the information system should be physically implemented. Understanding and specifying in detail what the information system should do. Systems Design: Describing the analyzed system independent of any computer platform. This may include the design of screen shots, reports, and web sites. More definitions Systems Analyst: The organizational role most responsible for the analysis and design of information systems. Application Software: Computer software designed to support organizational functions or processes. The analysis and design of which we will be covering in this course. Why are you here? To get a job Quarter million new systems analyst jobs predicted before 2010. Systems Analyst jobs will grow much faster than average through 2014 (see BLS handout for more information). Career Paths Network Analyst Database Analyst Technical Support Specialist Helpdesk Support Programmer Quality Assurance Specialist Web Designer Systems Analyst Roles in Systems Analysis & Design IS managers Programmers End Users Business Managers System Liaison Systems Analysts 5 Skills for Systems Analysts Analytical Skills / Problem Solver Technical Skills Interpersonal Skills Business Skills Managerial Skills Analytical Skills - definitions System: collection of interrelated components that function together to achieve some outcome Information system: collection of interrelated components (application software programs) that collect, process, store, and provide as output the information needed to complete a business task. Analytical Skills 9 Characteristics of a system 9 characteristics continued Another example What was the problem? More about Systems Benefits of System thinking Applying system thinking to Information Systems Technical Skills General Skills Tools Techniques Technical Skills How do you get? Technical Skills How do you keep up-to-date? Technical Skills Make a list: Are you up-to-date? Will you be ready for the job market? Interpersonal Skills Working alone and with a team Different types of individuals Communication skills Task-oriented, Maintenance-oriented, Disrupters Interviewing, listening, and questionnaires Written and oral presentations Managing expectations Business Skills Systems analysts have broader skills than computer scientists. What you need to know about your organization: Business Skills Problem Identification Problem Analyzing and Solving Managerial Skills Resource management Project management Risk management Change management Homework for Next Class List 3 attributes you have (based on 5 talked about today) that would make you a desirable team member.