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Computer Systems Analysts design specific information technology to improve and upgrade an organisation’s security, efficiency and overall operations.
A Systems Analyst designs softwares for businesses. Firstly, they will have to understand the purpose their clients use technology for, in order to advise them a suitable software to maximise efficiency and effectiveness. To meet the goals of the organisation, the Analyst will have to design the system using mathematical models and structured analysis. Upon completing the system, they will have to test it out by debugging and troubleshooting to ensure the system functions properly. These pro...
A Systems Analyst designs softwares for businesses. Firstly, they will have to understand the purpose their clients use technology for, in order to advise them a suitable software to maximise efficiency and effectiveness. To meet the goals of the organisation, the Analyst will have to design the system using mathematical models and structured analysis. Upon completing the system, they will have to test it out by debugging and troubleshooting to ensure the system functions properly. These professionals often work for computer systems design firms, but many also work directly for companies and organisations in a wide range of industries or as self-employed consultants.
High in demand as technology is the centre of most businesses
Doesn't require a postgraduate qualification
Long work hours may often be required
Prone to eye strain and carpal tunnel syndrome
Job may require you to travel and be away from your family
Understand the needs of your client
Understand the client’s existing systems
Determine how legacy systems and new systems interact with one another
Translate your client’s requirements into a brief
Find possible solutions and determine their business and technical sustainability
Conduct feasibility studies
Present proposals to clients
Work with a multitude of people to produce a system that satisfies requirements
Stay within budget and deadlines
Implement new technical systems
Train and create user manuals for the new system
Be aware of developments in the technical industry
Incase of any queries
The entire field revolves around designing softwares so you have to be equipped with a vast knowledge in all things technology, from coding to programming and software designing. As a Computer Systems Analyst, you will need to be well-versed with all sorts of programming languages such as C++, Java, SQL, Python, PHP, etc. If these look alien to you, then it’s time to learn up!
It’s true when they say “patience is a virtue” because in this career, you’ll need plenty of that. It’s not enough to know how to fully utilise the software but also train your clients on how to use it. Your job is to design it and they will have to use it for their daily operations. Although you will be dealing mostly with programmers, you will also have to liaise with other people in the company that do not have an IT background. You would most likely have to repeat the same thing over and over again until everyone gets it so patience is your best friend.
Your job is to provide the solution to the company’s problems or find a better, more efficient way to handle it. Hence, you need to analyse various situations in order to come up with effective solutions. After analysing the situation and finding out the problem, your problem-solving skills will come in handy as you figure out how to overcome it by designing a new software.
IT and business degrees are recommended because they are heavily involved in the business side of a company as well, but if you have a business degree, you would still need a good understanding of computer systems. A background in the technical field is necessary to apply for Computer Systems Analyst jobs. Additional certification in the IT-related field such as Cisco or Linux will increase your salary and chances of obtaining a job.
Regular work hours from 9am to 6pm, but be prepared to work on weekends and at night in the event of emergencies or tight deadlines. Computer Systems Analyst work in comfortable, air-conditioned offices.
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“Viewed abstractly, systems analysis implies rigorous thinking, hopefully quantitative, regarding the gains and the resource-expenditures involved in a particular course of action -- to insure that scarce resources are employed productively rather than wastefully.”
- James R. Schlesinger
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