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Working As An Implementation Analyst

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

  • Repetitive

  • $80,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Implementation 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 An Implementation 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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Implementation Analyst Career Paths

Implementation Analyst
Senior Consultant Senior Manager Director Of Information
Chief Information Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Analyst Research Manager Marketing Analyst
Customer Relationship Management Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Analyst Systems Administrator Director Of Information
Director Information Technology Infrastructure
13 Yearsyrs
Senior Analyst Business Analyst/Project Manager Business Systems Manager
Director Of Business Systems
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Business Analyst Senior Consultant Senior Manager
Director Of Information
10 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Analyst Information Technology Project Manager Director Of Information
Director, Applications
13 Yearsyrs
Data Analyst Senior Business Analyst Information Technology Project Manager
Information Technology Director
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Consultant Senior Consultant
Information Technology Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Applications Analyst Business Analyst Information Technology Manager
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Senior Project Manager Senior Product Manager
Principal Product Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Data Analyst Business Analyst
Product Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Applications Analyst Senior Consultant Director Of Information
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
13 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Product Manager
Senior Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst Project Manager
Senior Project Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Business Analyst Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Senior Technical Program Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Systems Administrator Information Technology Manager Director Of Information
Vice President Information Systems
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Information Technology Manager Director Of Information
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager Business Developer
Vice President, Business Development
13 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Staff Analyst 3.8 years
Systems Analyst 3.4 years
Senior Analyst 3.3 years
EDI Analyst 3.1 years
Business Analyst 3.0 years
Analyst Lead 2.9 years
Design Analyst 2.8 years
Technical Analyst 2.8 years
Interface Analyst 2.7 years
Hris Analyst 2.7 years
Analyst 2.4 years
Solutions Analyst 2.4 years
Product Analyst 2.4 years
Functional Analyst 2.3 years
Top Employers Before
Analyst 5.9%
Consultant 5.3%
Internship 2.8%
Top Employers After
Consultant 6.5%
Analyst 5.6%

Implementation Analyst Demographics

Gender

Female

49.4%

Male

48.0%

Unknown

2.7%
Ethnicity

White

77.0%

Asian

10.3%

Hispanic or Latino

9.5%

Unknown

2.0%

Black or African American

1.1%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

31.8%

French

11.4%

German

9.1%

Russian

9.1%

Mandarin

9.1%

Chinese

4.5%

Arabic

4.5%

Hindi

2.3%

Vietnamese

2.3%

Georgian

2.3%

Ukrainian

2.3%

Bengali

2.3%

Polish

2.3%

Cantonese

2.3%

Thai

2.3%

Italian

2.3%
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Implementation Analyst Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

23.2%

American InterContinental University

9.6%

Pennsylvania State University

7.3%

Tennessee State University

5.1%

University of North Florida

4.0%

George Washington University

4.0%

University of Iowa

4.0%

University of Massachusetts Amherst

4.0%

Kaplan University

4.0%

Indiana Wesleyan University

4.0%

Middle Tennessee State University

3.4%

University of Washington

3.4%

University of Central Florida

3.4%

University of Pittsburgh -

3.4%

Northeastern University

3.4%

Auburn University

2.8%

University of Illinois University Administration

2.8%

Belmont University

2.8%

University of Maryland - University College

2.8%

Ohio State University

2.8%
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Majors

Business

32.2%

Computer Science

6.9%

Management

5.8%

Computer Information Systems

5.4%

Information Technology

5.3%

Finance

5.2%

Accounting

4.2%

Project Management

4.1%

Management Information Systems

3.7%

Communication

3.3%

Nursing

3.1%

Psychology

3.1%

Health Care Administration

3.0%

Marketing

2.6%

Information Systems

2.4%

Liberal Arts

2.0%

Political Science

2.0%

Electrical Engineering

1.9%

Human Resources Management

1.9%

Economics

1.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

47.0%

Masters

24.2%

Other

16.2%

Associate

6.7%

Certificate

4.6%

Diploma

0.6%

Doctorate

0.5%

License

0.2%
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Real Implementation Analyst Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Implementation Analyst Fast Enterprises LLC Chelsea, MA May 01, 2015 $132,000
Technical Implementation Analyst Cherryroad Technologies Inc. Morris Plains, NJ Feb 03, 2016 $129,002
Implementation Analyst ISCS, Inc. San Jose, CA Feb 06, 2016 $128,000 -
$135,000
SR. Digital/Implementation Analyst Society Consulting Austin, TX Nov 16, 2015 $125,000
Implementation Analyst Fast Enterprises LLC Juneau, AK Feb 02, 2015 $116,000
Sap/Ecm Implementation Analyst Open Text, Inc. Austin, TX Nov 25, 2016 $115,000
SR. Wmos Implementation Analyst Genuine Parts Company Atlanta, GA Nov 07, 2016 $115,000
Implementation Analyst Simplesolve Inc. Princeton, NJ May 15, 2016 $115,000
Senior Implementation Analyst Persistent Systems, Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 28, 2015 $111,312
Implementation Analyst The Hibbert Company Trenton, NJ Feb 23, 2016 $110,302
Senior Implementation Analyst (@PAR Application) Management Health Solutions, Inc. Tampa, FL Mar 31, 2015 $110,000
Senior Implementation Analyst (@PAR Application) Management Health Solutions, Inc. Tampa, FL Nov 16, 2015 $110,000
Senior Implementation Analyst (@PAR Application) Management Health Solutions, Inc. Tampa, FL Jan 04, 2016 $110,000
SR. Wmos Implementation Analyst Genuine Parts Company Atlanta, GA Nov 07, 2016 $110,000
Senior Implementation Analyst Highradius Corporation Houston, TX Apr 05, 2016 $79,186 -
$90,000
Implementation Services Analyst Data Innovations LLC South Burlington, VT Sep 21, 2016 $78,990
Senior Strategy Implementation Analyst Barclays Bank Delaware Newark, DE May 13, 2015 $78,000
Systems Implementation Analyst Primatics Financial, LLC Salt Lake City, UT Sep 15, 2015 $77,500
SR Strategy Implementation Analyst Barclays Bank Delaware Wilmington, DE Jul 27, 2015 $76,000 -
$96,000
Business Implementation Analyst Anjaneyap, Inc. San Francisco, CA Aug 30, 2016 $75,174
SR. Implementation Analyst Persistent Systems, Inc. San Francisco, CA Dec 23, 2015 $74,922 -
$91,300
Analytics Implementation Analyst Saks Direct LLC New York, NY Feb 09, 2016 $68,000
Customer Implementation Analyst Amadeus North America, Inc. Miami, FL Apr 25, 2016 $66,800
SR. Implementation Analyst Persistent Systems, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Jul 20, 2015 $66,602 -
$140,000
SR. Implementation Analyst Persistent Systems, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Jun 01, 2015 $66,602 -
$115,000
SR. Implementation Analyst Persistent Systems, Inc. Santa Clara, CA May 22, 2015 $66,602 -
$90,000
SR. Implementation Analyst Persistent Systems, Inc. Santa Clara, CA May 19, 2015 $66,602 -
$90,000
SR. Implementation Analyst Persistent Systems, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Mar 13, 2015 $66,602 -
$81,402
Interface Implementation Analyst Nextgen Healthcare Information Systems, Inc. Atlanta, GA Apr 08, 2015 $66,463

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Top Skills for An Implementation Analyst

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Top Implementation Analyst Skills

  1. Products
  2. Workflow
  3. Project Management
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Provide team support and product information on strategic products as assigned by manager.
  • Analyzed existing practice workflows and implemented process redesign as appropriate.
  • Oversee the completion of project tasks and monitor adherence to project management process standards.
  • Provided Go-Live support, Change and Risk Management, Disaster Recovery Reports.
  • Utilize SQL Server 2012 for Web based accounting system data queries.

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