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Working As A Business Systems Senior Analyst

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

  • Repetitive

  • $93,681

    Average Salary

What Does A Business Systems Senior 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 Systems Senior 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 Systems Senior Analyst Career Paths

Business Systems Senior Analyst
Management Consultant Business Analyst-Consultant Senior Systems Analyst
Application Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Lead Business Analyst Senior Consultant Information Technology Project Manager
Business Program Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Business Systems Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Management Consultant Change Management Consultant
Change Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Technical Consultant Customer Relationship Management Consultant
Customer Relationship Management Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Business Consultant Business Systems Manager
Director Of Business Systems
12 Yearsyrs
Product Manager General Manager Senior Manager
Director Of Enterprise Architecture
14 Yearsyrs
Senior Project Manager Contractor/Consultant Senior Software Engineer
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Director Project Management Office
13 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Human Resources Generalist Hris Analyst
Hris Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst/Project Manager Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Infrastructure Project Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Manager Senior Business Analyst Implementation Manager
Integration Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Lead Business Systems Analyst Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Manager, Project Management
9 Yearsyrs
Lead Business Analyst Business 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
Product Manager Operations Manager Finance Manager
Reporting Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst/Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
13 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Senior Technical Program Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Program Manager Product Manager
Technical Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Business Analyst 2.9 years
Top Employers Before
Consultant 3.6%
Top Employers After
Consultant 4.3%
Manager 1.7%

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Business Systems Senior Analyst Demographics

Gender

Male

54.6%

Female

42.6%

Unknown

2.8%
Ethnicity

White

50.7%

Asian

21.4%

Hispanic or Latino

12.1%

Black or African American

9.4%

Unknown

6.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

30.1%

French

11.5%

Russian

7.1%

Portuguese

6.2%

Carrier

4.4%

Chinese

4.4%

German

4.4%

Japanese

4.4%

Mandarin

3.5%

Thai

3.5%

Italian

3.5%

Arabic

3.5%

Dutch

2.7%

Dakota

2.7%

Indonesian

1.8%

Ukrainian

1.8%

Hindi

1.8%

Swedish

0.9%

Turkish

0.9%

Cheyenne

0.9%
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Business Systems Senior Analyst Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

23.1%

George Washington University

8.6%

Villanova University

6.5%

DePaul University

6.1%

University of Washington

4.4%

Northeastern University

4.4%

George Mason University

3.8%

Drexel University

3.8%

Pennsylvania State University

3.6%

University of Texas at Dallas

3.6%

Boston University

3.6%

University of Maryland - University College

3.4%

Texas A&M University

3.4%

Stevens Institute of Technology

3.4%

Cleveland State University

3.4%

Illinois Institute of Technology

3.1%

Arizona State University

3.1%

University of Virginia

3.1%

New York University

2.9%

Pace University - New York

2.9%
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Majors

Business

27.4%

Computer Science

14.2%

Computer Information Systems

6.5%

Finance

6.4%

Information Technology

5.9%

Management Information Systems

5.2%

Project Management

5.0%

Information Systems

4.0%

Management

3.8%

Accounting

3.6%

Electrical Engineering

2.6%

Computer Engineering

2.2%

Management Science

2.0%

Computer Applications

2.0%

Marketing

1.8%

Communication

1.7%

Economics

1.6%

Education

1.4%

Engineering

1.3%

English

1.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

40.5%

Masters

36.4%

Other

12.6%

Certificate

4.4%

Associate

3.9%

Diploma

1.1%

Doctorate

1.0%
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Real Business Systems Senior Analyst Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Business Systems Analyst Adobe Systems Incorporated San Jose, CA Aug 22, 2016 $170,000
SR. Business System Analyst Kutir Corporation Menlo Park, CA Jan 07, 2016 $160,000
SR. Business System Analyst Kutir Corporation Menlo Park, CA Aug 07, 2016 $160,000
Senior Business Systems Analyst Gigamon, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Oct 10, 2016 $160,000
SR. Business System Analyst Kutir Corporation Menlo Park, CA May 08, 2016 $160,000
VP, Senior Business Systems Analyst, Octon Cross Tech Mgmt Barclays Services Corp New York, NY Feb 22, 2016 $155,000
VP, Senior Business Systems Analyst, Octon Cross Tech Mgmt Barclays Services Corp. New York, NY Apr 16, 2015 $155,000 -
$178,000
Senior Analyst, Global Business Systems SFX Entertainment, Inc. New York, NY Jul 16, 2015 $155,000
Senior Business Systems Analyst Intuitive Surgical Operations, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Jan 12, 2015 $152,776 -
$172,776
Senior Business Systems Analyst Linkedin Corporation Sunnyvale, CA Oct 27, 2015 $152,000 -
$176,600
Senior Business Systems Analyst Servicenow, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Apr 11, 2015 $150,099 -
$178,800
Senior Business Systems Analyst Sandisk Corporation Milpitas, CA May 24, 2016 $150,000 -
$170,000
SR. Staff Business Systems Analyst Nvidia Corporation Santa Clara, CA Jan 16, 2015 $150,000 -
$154,607
Senior Business Systems Analyst Sandisk Corporation Milpitas, CA Jun 16, 2016 $150,000 -
$170,000
Senior Business Systems Analyst Ca, Inc. Santa Clara, CA May 08, 2015 $109,617
Senior Business Systems Analyst Randstad Technologies, LP Torrance, CA May 16, 2016 $109,200
SR. Business System Analyst, Oracle Order To Cash Masco Cabinetry LLC Ann Arbor, MI Oct 14, 2016 $109,034 -
$135,000
Senior Business Systems Analyst Randstad Technologies, LP Cambridge, MA Mar 16, 2015 $108,888
Senior Business Systems Analyst Cinergy Technology, Inc. Edison, NJ Nov 18, 2015 $108,805
SR. Business Systems Analyst Polaris Consulting and Services Ltd Piscataway, NJ Dec 01, 2016 $108,805
SR. Business Systems Analyst S Cube Soft Metuchen, NJ Jan 28, 2016 $108,805
Senior Business Systems Analyst Genentech, Inc. South San Francisco, CA Jan 01, 2016 $108,784 -
$165,400
SR. Business Systems Analyst Hexaware Technologies, Inc. Jamesburg, NJ Apr 20, 2016 $93,018
Senior Business Systems Analyst Digipulse Technologies, Inc. Cherry Hill, NJ Sep 18, 2015 $93,000
Senior Business Systems Analyst PTC Inc. Needham, MA Aug 25, 2016 $92,900
Senior Business System Analyst Citizens Financial Group, Inc. Smithfield, RI Jan 07, 2015 $92,700
Associate, Senior Business System Analyst JP Morgan Chase & Co Lewisville, TX Jan 26, 2016 $92,500
SR. Business Systems Analyst Airgas, Inc. Radnor, PA Jun 08, 2015 $92,498 -
$115,000
Senior Business Systems Analyst, HPC Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research, Inc. Cambridge, MA Jan 26, 2016 $92,419

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  • Co-developed internal analysis reports using PL/SQL.
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