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Working As A Business/Applications Analyst

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Processing Information
  • Getting Information
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • $82,834

    Average Salary

What Does A Business/Applications Analyst Do

Computer systems analysts study an organization’s current computer systems and procedures and design information systems solutions to help the organization operate more efficiently and effectively. They bring business and information technology (IT) together by understanding the needs and limitations of both.

Duties

Computer systems analysts typically do the following:

  • Consult with managers to determine the role of IT systems in an organization
  • Research emerging technologies to decide if installing them can increase the organization’s efficiency and effectiveness
  • Prepare an analysis of costs and benefits so that management can decide if IT systems and computing infrastructure upgrades are financially worthwhile
  • Devise ways to add new functionality to existing computer systems
  • Design and implement new systems by choosing and configuring hardware and software
  • Oversee the installation and configuration of new systems to customize them for the organization
  • Conduct testing to ensure that the systems work as expected
  • Train the systems’ end users and write instruction manuals

Computer systems analysts use a variety of techniques such as data modeling to design computer systems. Data modeling allows analysts to view the processes and data flows even before programs have been written. 

Once programs have been written, analysts conduct in-depth tests and analyze information and trends in the data to increase a system’s performance and efficiency.

Analysts calculate requirements for how much memory and speed the computer system needs. They prepare flowcharts or other kinds of diagrams for programmers or engineers to use when building the system. Analysts also work with these people to solve problems that arise after the initial system is set up. Most analysts do some programming in the course of their work.

Most computer systems analysts specialize in certain types of computer systems that are specific to the organization they work with. For example, an analyst might work predominantly with financial computer systems or engineering computer systems.

Systems analysts help other IT team members understand how computer systems can best serve an organization by working closely with the organization’s business leaders.

In some cases, analysts who supervise the initial installation or upgrade of IT systems from start to finish may be called IT project managers. They monitor a project’s progress to ensure that deadlines, standards, and cost targets are met. IT project managers who plan and direct an organization’s IT department or IT policies are included in the profile on computer and information systems managers.

Many computer systems analysts are general-purpose analysts who develop new systems or fine-tune existing ones; however, there are some specialized systems analysts. The following are examples of types of computer systems analysts:

Systems designers or systems architects specialize in helping organizations choose specific types of hardware and software systems. They translate the long-term business goals of an organization into technical solutions. Analysts develop a plan for the computer systems that will be able to reach those goals. They work with management to ensure that systems and the IT infrastructure are set up to best serve the organization’s mission.

Software quality assurance (QA) analysts do in-depth testing and diagnose problems of the systems they design in order to make sure that critical requirements are met. They also write reports to management recommending ways to improve the systems.

Programmer analysts design and update their system’s software and create applications tailored to their organization’s needs. They do more coding and debugging than other types of analysts, although they still work extensively with management and business analysts to determine what business needs the applications are meant to address. Other occupations that do programming are computer programmers and software developers.

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How To Become A Business/Applications Analyst

A bachelor’s degree in a computer or information science field is common, although not always a requirement. Some firms hire analysts with business or liberal arts degrees who have skills in information technology or computer programming.

Education

Most computer systems analysts have a bachelor’s degree in a computer-related field. Because these analysts also are heavily involved in the business side of a company, it may be helpful to take business courses or major in management information systems.

Some employers prefer applicants who have a master's degree in business administration (MBA) with a concentration in information systems. For more technically complex jobs, a master’s degree in computer science may be more appropriate.

Although many computer systems analysts have technical degrees, such a degree is not always a requirement. Many analysts have liberal arts degrees and have gained programming or technical expertise elsewhere.

Many systems analysts continue to take classes throughout their careers so they can learn about new and innovative technologies. Technological advances come so rapidly in the computer field that continual study is necessary to remain competitive.

Systems analysts must understand the business field they are working in. For example, a hospital may want an analyst with a thorough understanding of health plans and programs such as Medicare and Medicaid, and an analyst working for a bank may need to understand finance. Having knowledge of their industry helps systems analysts communicate with managers to determine the role of the information technology (IT) systems in an organization.

Advancement

With experience, systems analysts can advance to project manager and lead a team of analysts. Some can eventually become IT directors or chief technology officers. For more information, see the profile on computer and information systems managers.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Analysts must interpret complex information from various sources and be able to decide the best way to move forward on a project. They must also be able to figure out how changes may affect the project.

Communication skills. Analysts work as a go-between with management and the IT department and must be able to explain complex issues in a way that both will understand.

Creativity. Because analysts are tasked with finding innovative solutions to computer problems, an ability to “think outside the box” is important.

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Business/Applications Analyst Career Paths

Business/Applications Analyst
Senior Project Manager Chief Operating Officer Consultant/Project Manager
Application Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst-Consultant Senior Business Analyst Information Technology Project Manager
Business Program Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Principal Consultant Business Systems Senior Analyst
Business Systems Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Business Analyst Project Manager/Analyst
Change Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Software Engineer Technical Consultant Customer Relationship Management Consultant
Customer Relationship Management Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Consultant Senior Consultant Business Systems Senior Analyst
Director Of Business Systems
12 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Program Manager Senior Manager
Director Of Enterprise Architecture
14 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst-Consultant Data Analyst Information Technology Manager
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Senior Systems Analyst Senior Software Engineer
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Business Analyst Senior Project Manager
Director Project Management Office
13 Yearsyrs
Lead Business Analyst Senior Consultant Information Technology Manager
Director, Applications
12 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Management Consultant Information Technology Consultant
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Business Analyst Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Infrastructure Project Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Consultant Senior Business Analyst Implementation Manager
Integration Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Business Systems Senior Analyst Business Analyst/Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Manager, Project Management Office
12 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
13 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Information Technology Project Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Senior Technical Program Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Lead Business Analyst Product Manager Purchasing Manager
Supply Chain Consultant
10 Yearsyrs
Business Systems Senior Analyst Project Manager Product Manager
Technical Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Business Analyst 2.9 years
Solutions Analyst 2.4 years
Top Employers Before
Consultant 5.7%
Programmer 3.1%
Internship 2.6%
Manager 2.6%
Top Employers After
Consultant 5.5%

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Business/Applications Analyst Demographics

Gender

Male

52.8%

Female

44.2%

Unknown

3.1%
Ethnicity

White

54.7%

Asian

17.4%

Hispanic or Latino

12.8%

Black or African American

10.9%

Unknown

4.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

52.0%

Portuguese

16.0%

Japanese

8.0%

Sami

4.0%

French

4.0%

Malay

4.0%

Armenian

4.0%

Arabic

4.0%

Italian

4.0%
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Business/Applications Analyst Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

20.7%

University of Memphis

7.2%

George Mason University

7.2%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

6.3%

George Washington University

6.3%

Illinois Institute of Technology

5.4%

North Carolina State University

4.5%

Colorado Technical University

4.5%

University of Maryland - University College

3.6%

Christian Brothers University

3.6%

Cleveland State University

3.6%

Regis University

3.6%

Northeastern University

3.6%

Ashford University

3.6%

University of Florida

2.7%

Arizona State University

2.7%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

2.7%

New York University

2.7%

Webster University

2.7%

Drexel University

2.7%
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Majors

Business

31.2%

Computer Science

10.2%

Computer Information Systems

9.7%

Information Technology

5.8%

Management Information Systems

5.1%

Project Management

4.2%

Accounting

3.9%

Information Systems

3.7%

Finance

3.5%

Management

2.8%

Marketing

2.8%

Computer Engineering

2.5%

Health Care Administration

2.5%

Psychology

2.3%

Electrical Engineering

2.1%

English

1.6%

Communication

1.6%

Computer Applications

1.6%

Computer Networking

1.6%

General Education, Specific Areas

1.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

44.0%

Masters

29.7%

Other

13.4%

Associate

6.2%

Certificate

3.7%

Diploma

1.7%

Doctorate

1.2%

License

0.2%
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Real Business/Applications Analyst Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Finance Business Applications Analyst Yelp Inc. San Francisco, CA Aug 07, 2016 $142,800
Financial Business Applications Analyst Yelp Inc. San Francisco, CA Jul 08, 2013 $135,446
Finance Business Applications Analyst Yelp, Inc. San Francisco, CA Dec 29, 2014 $135,000
Business Application Analyst FMC Technologies Houston, TX Nov 22, 2016 $130,000
Business Analyst, Application Marketplace Groupm Worldwide, LLC New York, NY Nov 07, 2016 $125,000
Business Analyst, Application Marketplace Groupm Worldwide, LLC New York, NY Jul 20, 2016 $125,000
Business Application Analyst The Climate Corporation San Francisco, CA Jun 30, 2016 $117,603 -
$127,000
Business Applications Analyst III Sap Labs, LLC Palo Alto, CA Apr 23, 2014 $116,053
Senior Business Applications Analyst American Tower Corporation Woburn, MA Oct 12, 2015 $115,000
Expert Business Applications Analyst, SAP SONY Electronics, Inc. San Diego, CA Sep 17, 2016 $112,194
Business Applications Analyst Semiconductor Components Industries, LLC Phoenix, AZ Sep 05, 2016 $110,000
Business Applications Analyst Semiconductor Components Industries, LLC Phoenix, AZ May 09, 2016 $110,000
Applications Business Analyst Nimble Storage, Inc. San Jose, CA Jun 26, 2015 $110,000
Business Application Analyst The Climate Corporation San Francisco, CA Oct 13, 2014 $110,000
SR. Business Applications Analyst SONY Electronics, Inc. San Diego, CA Aug 26, 2016 $93,600
Business Analyst-Applications Reckitt Benckiser LLC Parsippany-Troy Hills, NJ Jan 21, 2014 $93,359
Business Application Analyst Roush Management, L.L.C. Farmington, MI Apr 21, 2016 $93,246
Business Application Analyst Roush Management LLC Farmington, MI Sep 01, 2015 $92,000
Business Application Analyst Roush Management, L.L.C. Farmington, MI Apr 22, 2013 $92,000
Associate, Business Analyst, Global Technology, Application Services Db Services New Jersey, Inc. Jersey City, NJ Jul 06, 2015 $91,104
Business Applications Analyst Superior Court of Ca County of Santa Cruz Santa Cruz, CA Jan 02, 2016 $91,038
Oracle Application Functional Business Analyst Saturn Infotech Inc. Las Vegas, NV May 31, 2016 $90,000
Business Analyst Applications Schaeffler Group USA, Inc. Fort Mill, SC Jan 27, 2014 $80,000 -
$90,000
Business Applications Analyst American Tower Corporation Cary, NC Aug 23, 2016 $80,000
Business Applications Analyst Sap America, Inc. Newtown, PA Sep 30, 2015 $78,971
Landmark CRM Application Business Analyst/Lead C2S Technologies Inc. Bellevue, WA Aug 25, 2014 $78,000
Business Applications Analyst Poclain Hydraulics, Inc. Sturtevant, WI Oct 01, 2014 $77,147 -
$80,000
Application Hosting Business Analyst Cummins Inc. West Windsor, NJ Aug 01, 2014 $76,253 -
$81,300
Analyst II, SAP Business Applications Shure Incorporated Niles, IL May 04, 2015 $75,352 -
$120,563

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  • Gathered requirements and performed analysis using a structured methodology (including business requirements, enhancement requirements, and application objectives).
  • Key player in implementing enterprise-level service quality index system housed in a TeraData warehouse environment.
  • Identified opportunities for improving business processes by using technology to eliminate problems that affected productivity.
  • Utilized Microsoft Access SQL programming language to design and implement front-end applications connected to secure patient databases.
  • Developed and executed test plans Established trusted and respectful relationships with business partners.

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