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Working As A Business Systems Consultant

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

  • Repetitive

  • $102,931

    Average Salary

What Does A Business Systems Consultant 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 Systems Consultant

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 Systems Consultant Career Paths

Business Systems Consultant
Business Systems Senior Analyst Business Analyst/Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Business Program Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Technical Project Manager Business Consultant Business Systems Senior Analyst
Business Systems Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Lead Business Systems Analyst Senior Business Analyst Lead Project Manager/Analyst
Change Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Lead Business Systems Analyst Senior Project Manager Solutions Architect
Customer Relationship Management Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Business Consultant Business Systems Senior Analyst
Director Of Business Systems
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Senior Manager
Director Of Enterprise Architecture
14 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst-Consultant Information Technology Project Manager Information Technology Director
Director Of Information Technology Services
12 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Program Manager Senior Project Manager
Director Project Management Office
13 Yearsyrs
Technical Project Manager Information Technology Manager
Director, Applications
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Solutions Architect Program Manager
Global Program Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Analyst Project Coordinator Human Resources Generalist
Hris Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Database Administrator Information Technology Consultant
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst-Consultant Senior Business Analyst Information Technology Project Manager
Infrastructure Project Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Implementation Consultant Senior Business Analyst Implementation Manager
Integration Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Business Systems Senior Analyst Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Manager, Project Management Office
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Subject Matter Expert Business Analyst
Product Owner
9 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Analyst Business Analyst Senior Finance Analyst
Reporting Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Business Analyst Information Technology Project Manager Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Business Analyst Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Senior Technical Program Manager
12 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Top Employers Before
Consultant 7.8%
Analyst 2.8%
Manager 2.6%
Top Employers After
Consultant 6.4%
Manager 2.4%
Director 2.1%

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Business Systems Consultant Demographics

Gender

Male

58.6%

Female

38.8%

Unknown

2.5%
Ethnicity

White

58.6%

Asian

13.5%

Hispanic or Latino

12.1%

Black or African American

10.3%

Unknown

5.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

32.4%

French

11.8%

Mandarin

11.8%

Chinese

8.8%

German

5.9%

Carrier

5.9%

Russian

5.9%

Swedish

2.9%

Norwegian

2.9%

Hebrew

2.9%

Japanese

2.9%

Cantonese

2.9%

Hmong

2.9%
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Business Systems Consultant Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

21.3%

George Washington University

6.3%

Iowa State University

6.3%

DePaul University

5.7%

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

5.7%

San Francisco State University

5.2%

Northeastern University

5.2%

Strayer University

4.6%

University of Texas at Austin

4.0%

Des Moines Area Community College

4.0%

Drake University

3.4%

Arizona State University

3.4%

University of Iowa

3.4%

Southern New Hampshire University

3.4%

Webster University

3.4%

Villanova University

2.9%

Pennsylvania State University

2.9%

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

2.9%

Boston University

2.9%

Kaplan University

2.9%
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Majors

Business

30.0%

Computer Science

11.7%

Finance

6.7%

Computer Information Systems

5.7%

Accounting

5.7%

Project Management

4.9%

Management Information Systems

4.8%

Information Technology

4.6%

Management

4.2%

Marketing

3.0%

Information Systems

2.6%

Computer Engineering

2.2%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

2.0%

Mathematics

2.0%

Computer Applications

1.9%

Electrical Engineering

1.7%

Economics

1.7%

Education

1.6%

Management Science

1.6%

Psychology

1.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

43.0%

Masters

31.3%

Other

13.7%

Associate

6.9%

Certificate

3.6%

Doctorate

0.8%

Diploma

0.5%

License

0.1%
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Real Business Systems Consultant Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Business and Systems Integration Consultant Accenture LLP New York, NY Jan 27, 2016 $195,208
Business Systems Consultant 6 Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. New York, NY Feb 29, 2016 $144,840
Business Systems Analysis Consultant Dell Software Inc. Aliso Viejo, CA Aug 26, 2015 $134,258
E-Business Systems Consultant(Capital Mkts-Business Analyst) Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. Charlotte, NC Aug 14, 2015 $133,972
Business and Systems Integration Consultant Accenture LLP Florham Park, NJ Feb 17, 2016 $132,954
Business Systems Consultant U.S. Bank National Association Chicago, IL Nov 18, 2016 $132,600
Business & System Integration Consultant Accenture LLP Irving, TX May 25, 2015 $130,000
Business Systems Consultant U.S. Bank National Association Chicago, IL Aug 31, 2015 $130,000
Business and Systems Integration Consultant Accenture LLP Florham Park, NJ May 29, 2016 $127,800
Consultant Business Systems HSBC Bank USA, N.A. Jersey City, NJ Feb 19, 2016 $126,422
Business Systems Consultant 5-Ofsaa Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. Charlotte, NC Apr 05, 2016 $125,000
Business Systems Analysis Consultant Dell Software, Inc. Aliso Viejo, CA Jul 22, 2016 $125,000
Business Systems Consultant U.S. Bank National Association Chicago, IL Sep 26, 2016 $125,000
Business Systems Consultant Bridgestone Americas, Inc. Nashville, TN Apr 09, 2016 $109,778
Business Systems Consultant Zafin Labs (USA) Inc. Walnut Creek, CA Jul 16, 2015 $109,429
Business Systems Analysis Consultant Dell USA L.P. Short Hills, NJ Jun 08, 2015 $108,366
Business and Systems Integration Consultant Accenture LLP El Segundo, CA Mar 21, 2016 $108,000
Business and Systems Integration Consultant Accenture LLP Boca Raton, FL Mar 21, 2016 $108,000
Business and Systems Integration Consultant Accenture LLP El Segundo, CA Mar 17, 2016 $108,000
Consultant Business Systems HSBC Bank USA, N.A. Elmhurst, IL Jan 08, 2016 $108,000
Consultant Business Systems HSBC Bank USA, N.A. Elmhurst, IL Aug 18, 2015 $108,000
E-Business Systems Consultant Rose International, Inc. Richfield, MN Mar 09, 2015 $98,089
Consultant Business Systems HSBC Bank USA, N.A. Elmhurst, IL Jan 10, 2016 $97,793
Consultant Business Systems HSBC Bank USA, N.A. Buffalo, NY Feb 14, 2015 $97,524
Consultant Business Systems HSBC Bank USA, N.A. Buffalo, NY Jan 21, 2015 $96,346
E-Business System Consultant Agama Solutions, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jan 10, 2016 $96,336
Business Systems Consultant Dassault Systemes Americas Corp. Long Beach, CA Jul 23, 2015 $96,100
Consultant Business Systems HSBC Bank USA, N.A. Buffalo, NY May 14, 2016 $95,172
Consultant Business Systems HSBC Bank USA, N.A. Buffalo, NY Jun 22, 2015 $95,172

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  1. Business Requirements
  2. Test Plans
  3. Process Improvement
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  • Gathered additional requirements by conducting meetings with users and other stakeholders and contributed in creating Business Requirements Document (BRD).
  • Researched and wrote business requirements, functional specifications, design specifications, system/user acceptance test plans, and user documentation.
  • Seek out innovations in process improvement, better utilization of resources, product enhancements, improved communications and faster issue resolution.
  • Project Leader - conducted requirements/needs analysis, system development, project management, and quality assurance, leading four-person technical team.
  • Develop and modify financial operational reports utilizing SQL for Wells Fargo Organizational hierarchy initiative.

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