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Working As A Configuration Analyst

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

  • Repetitive

  • $112,184

    Average Salary

What Does A Configuration 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 Configuration 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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Configuration Analyst Career Paths

Configuration Analyst
Configuration Manager Release Manager Program Manager
Chief Information Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Business Analyst Business Analyst/Project Manager Business Systems Manager
Director Of Business Systems
12 Yearsyrs
Systems Analyst Systems Engineer Information Technology Manager
Director Of Information
10 Yearsyrs
Manager, Configuration Management Program Manager Development Director
Director Of Software Development
12 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Project Coordinator Project Engineer
Engineering Director
13 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Analyst Business Analyst Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Systems Analyst Systems Administrator
Information Technology Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Configuration Specialist Business Analyst Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Information Technology Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Configuration Specialist Systems Analyst Information Systems Manager
Senior Manager-Systems
12 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Project Manager
Senior Project Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Analyst Quality Assurance Lead Quality Assurance Manager
Senior Quality Assurance Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Senior Systems Analyst
Senior Software Engineer
6 Yearsyrs
Configuration Manager Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Senior Technical Program Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Manager, Configuration Management Senior Manager Director Of Information
Vice President Information Systems
10 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Program Manager Engineering Director
Vice President Of Engineering
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Senior Manager Director Of Information
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
EDI Analyst 3.1 years
Analyst Lead 2.8 years
Solutions Analyst 2.4 years
Functional Analyst 2.3 years
Top Employers Before
Consultant 6.8%
Analyst 5.6%
Specialist 3.7%
Supervisor 2.9%
Top Employers After
Consultant 8.4%
Analyst 4.6%
Auditor 3.3%

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Configuration Analyst Demographics

Gender

Female

53.6%

Male

44.8%

Unknown

1.6%
Ethnicity

White

56.6%

Hispanic or Latino

15.1%

Asian

12.2%

Black or African American

11.9%

Unknown

4.2%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

37.8%

French

10.8%

German

8.1%

Hindi

8.1%

Urdu

5.4%

Russian

2.7%

Chinese

2.7%

Greek

2.7%

Romanian

2.7%

Tahitian

2.7%

Macedonian

2.7%

Carrier

2.7%

Arabic

2.7%

Italian

2.7%

Gujarati

2.7%

Croatian

2.7%
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Configuration Analyst Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

21.7%

Strayer University

9.1%

University of Central Florida

4.9%

DePaul University

4.9%

Colorado Technical University

4.9%

University of Maryland - University College

4.2%

University of Illinois at Chicago

4.2%

Saint Leo University

4.2%

San Jose State University

3.5%

West Texas A&M University

3.5%

The Academy

3.5%

Georgia State University

3.5%

University of Massachusetts - Lowell

3.5%

San Diego State University

3.5%

University of Texas at Austin

3.5%

Florida State University

3.5%

Defense Acquisition University

3.5%

University of Utah

3.5%

Northern Illinois University

3.5%

Cerritos College

3.5%
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Majors

Business

31.7%

Computer Science

11.4%

Computer Information Systems

9.4%

Management

7.5%

Information Technology

6.1%

Health Care Administration

4.3%

Management Information Systems

4.1%

Information Systems

3.7%

Project Management

2.7%

Finance

2.7%

Communication

2.0%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.9%

Criminal Justice

1.9%

Liberal Arts

1.7%

Psychology

1.7%

Accounting

1.7%

Electrical Engineering

1.4%

Education

1.4%

Computer Networking

1.4%

Economics

1.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

45.3%

Masters

20.5%

Other

18.1%

Associate

8.6%

Certificate

5.0%

Diploma

1.9%

Doctorate

0.7%
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Real Configuration Analyst Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
SAP Configuration Analyst Leprino Foods Company Denver, CO Jul 22, 2015 $139,040
Advisor Application Configuration Analyst Puget Sound Energy, Inc. Bellevue, WA Sep 26, 2016 $134,740
Advisor Applications Configuration Analyst Puget Sound Energy, Inc. Bellevue, WA Jan 27, 2015 $134,356
Advisor Application Configuration Analyst Puget Sound Energy, Inc. Bellevue, WA Sep 26, 2016 $134,000
Advisor Application Configuration Analyst Puget Sound Energy, Inc. Bellevue, WA Aug 20, 2015 $127,549
Configurator/Analyst SAP PP Avnet Inc. Tempe, AZ Oct 14, 2014 $126,861
SAP Fico Configuration Analyst TBC Corporation Juno Beach, FL Jun 28, 2013 $126,771
Advanced Applications Configuration Analyst Puget Sound Energy, Inc. Bellevue, WA Sep 26, 2013 $125,000
Fico Configuration Analyst Chanel, Inc. Piscataway, NJ Oct 20, 2016 $124,000
SAP Fico Configuration Analyst TBC Corporation Juno Beach, FL Jan 17, 2013 $123,800
Advisor Application Configuration Analyst Puget Sound Energy, Inc. Bellevue, WA Dec 29, 2014 $123,360
Vendavo Configuration Analyst Experis Us, Inc. Milwaukee, WI Oct 16, 2015 $120,000
Technical Configuration Analyst Lendingclub Corporation San Francisco, CA Sep 29, 2014 $120,000
Advisor Application Configuration Analyst Puget Sound Energy Inc. Bellevue, WA Oct 14, 2014 $120,000
Configuration Analyst II Medline Industries, Inc. Mundelein, IL Jan 18, 2016 $104,000
SAP Configuration Analyst Amsted Rail Co. Inc. Granite City, IL Sep 23, 2016 $104,000 -
$130,000
SAP Configuration Analyst Deloitte Services LP TN Jan 25, 2013 $103,000
SAP SD Configuration Analyst Medline Industries Mundelein, IL Jun 02, 2014 $103,000
Salesforce Configuration Analyst Proficient Business Systems, Inc. Boston, MA Jul 10, 2015 $100,173
Configuration Analyst II Medline Industries, Inc. Mundelein, IL Sep 28, 2015 $100,000
Product Configuration Analyst Netapp, Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Mar 04, 2013 $100,000 -
$110,000
Configuration Analyst II Medline Industries, Inc. Mundelein, IL Sep 12, 2016 $99,960
Configuration Analyst III Medline Industries Mundelein, IL Jun 11, 2015 $86,146
Configuration Analyst Adecco Group Na/Modis, Inc. Richfield, MN Jan 19, 2015 $85,567 -
$110,611
SAP Mm/Pp/Apo Configuration Analyst Medline Industries Mundelein, IL Aug 06, 2015 $85,000 -
$95,000
Principal Configuration Analyst Terumo BCT, Inc. Lakewood, CO Sep 16, 2013 $84,802 -
$118,000
Configuration Analyst Early Warning Services, LLC Scottsdale, AZ Sep 03, 2014 $84,240 -
$100,000
Configuration Analyst Early Warning Services, LLC Scottsdale, AZ Mar 24, 2016 $84,240 -
$98,000
SAP SD Configuration Analyst Schrill Technologies Inc. Houston, TX May 04, 2015 $84,000
SAP SD Configuration Analyst Schrill Technologies Inc. Westborough, MA May 11, 2015 $84,000

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Top Skills for A Configuration Analyst

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  1. Test Plans
  2. Management Policies
  3. Procedures
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  • Documented and executed test plans for configuration testing and validate accuracy of data loaded.
  • Ensured that customer requirements were implemented and reviewed change accounting activity to ensure compliance with configuration management policies.
  • Participated in assuring processes and procedures were written, revised, and implemented according to configuration standards.
  • Translated business requirements into technical specifications using SQL Logical Operators.
  • Prepared management status reports throughout the project time-line.

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