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Working As A Lead Business Systems Analyst

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

  • Repetitive

  • $91,812

    Average Salary

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

Lead Business Systems Analyst
Project Manager/Analyst Consultant/Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Business Program Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Consultant Senior Consultant Business Systems Senior Analyst
Business Systems Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst/Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Contract Project Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Consultant Data Analyst Marketing Analyst
Customer Relationship Management Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Project Manager/Analyst Business Analyst/Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Delivery Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Project Manager & Leader Senior Consultant Business Systems Senior Analyst
Director Of Business Systems
12 Yearsyrs
Product Manager Operations 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 Consultant Information Technology Manager
Director, Applications
12 Yearsyrs
Information Technology Project Manager Program Manager
Global Program Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Program Manager Human Resources Generalist Hris Analyst
Hris Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Product Manager Managing Director Information Technology Consultant
Information Technology Systems Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst/Project Manager Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Infrastructure Project Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Project Manager & Leader Solutions Architect Implementation Manager
Integration Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Business Analyst Lead 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
Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager Information Technology Director
Senior Director Of Information & Technology
13 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Senior Project Manager
Senior Technical Program Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Senior Business Analyst Lead Project Manager Product Manager
Technical Product Manager
9 Yearsyrs
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Business Analyst 2.9 years
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Programmer 2.1%
Developer 1.6%
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Lead Business Systems Analyst Demographics

Gender

Male

55.1%

Female

43.1%

Unknown

1.8%
Ethnicity

White

50.9%

Asian

22.2%

Hispanic or Latino

11.3%

Black or African American

9.9%

Unknown

5.7%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

French

14.3%

Spanish

10.7%

Ukrainian

7.1%

German

7.1%

Russian

7.1%

Thai

7.1%

Swedish

3.6%

Danish

3.6%

Czech

3.6%

Hungarian

3.6%

Chinese

3.6%

Japanese

3.6%

Carrier

3.6%

Hindi

3.6%

Norwegian

3.6%

Mandarin

3.6%

Polish

3.6%

Afrikaans

3.6%

Armenian

3.6%
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Lead Business Systems Analyst Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

16.7%

Cleveland State University

6.7%

Nova Southeastern University

5.8%

George Washington University

5.0%

Fairleigh Dickinson University

5.0%

Stevens Institute of Technology

5.0%

University of Connecticut

5.0%

Northeastern University

5.0%

Villanova University

4.2%

University of Southern California

4.2%

Carnegie Mellon University

4.2%

University of Central Florida

4.2%

Northeastern Illinois University

4.2%

DePaul University

4.2%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

4.2%

Franklin University

3.3%

University of California - Berkeley

3.3%

University of Cincinnati

3.3%

Temple University

3.3%

Pennsylvania State University

3.3%
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Majors

Business

26.3%

Computer Science

13.7%

Computer Information Systems

7.0%

Finance

6.8%

Information Technology

5.4%

Management Information Systems

5.1%

Project Management

4.3%

Electrical Engineering

3.8%

Accounting

3.8%

Information Systems

3.7%

Computer Engineering

3.3%

Management

3.0%

Engineering

2.4%

Computer Applications

2.2%

Management Science

1.8%

Communication

1.6%

Marketing

1.6%

Human Resources Management

1.4%

Mathematics

1.4%

Education

1.3%
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Degrees

Masters

41.1%

Bachelors

38.2%

Other

10.0%

Associate

4.7%

Certificate

3.3%

Diploma

1.6%

Doctorate

1.1%
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Real Lead Business Systems Analyst Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Lead Business Systems Analyst Login Consulting Service Inc. El Segundo, CA Jun 04, 2015 $166,960
Lead Business Systems Analyst Login Consulting Services Inc. El Segundo, CA Sep 12, 2015 $166,960
Lead Business Systems Analyst Vmware, Inc. Palo Alto, CA Mar 12, 2016 $157,354
Lead Business System Analyst Cavium Inc. San Jose, CA Aug 02, 2016 $152,776
Lead Business Analyst, Technical Operations Systems Biomarin Pharmaceutical Inc. Novato, CA May 07, 2016 $140,000
Lead Business Systems Analyst-Revenue Systems Salesforce.Com Inc. San Francisco, CA Jun 20, 2016 $138,445
Lead Business Systems Analyst Selectiva Systems Inc. San Jose, CA Apr 05, 2016 $132,000
Lead Business Systems Analyst Selectiva Systems Inc. San Jose, CA Sep 19, 2016 $132,000
Lead Business System Analyst Cavium Inc. San Jose, CA Aug 12, 2015 $131,269
Lead Analyst Business Systems Staff Nvidia Corporation Santa Clara, CA Nov 08, 2016 $127,837 -
$165,000
Lead Business Systems Analyst-WM Oakley, Inc. CA Sep 15, 2016 $127,000
Global Business Systems Analyst/Hr Systems/Lead Business IT Becton, Dickinson and Company Franklin Lakes, NJ Nov 11, 2015 $126,000
Lead Business System Analyst NIKE, Inc. Beaverton, OR Jan 26, 2015 $115,275
Lead Business Analyst, Manufacturing Systems Nuvasive, Inc. Fairborn, OH Mar 28, 2016 $115,000
Lead, Cliniccal & Business Systems Education Stanford Hospital & Clinics Palo Alto, CA Aug 31, 2015 $112,091 -
$182,894
Lead Business Systems Analyst Inforcepro, Inc. Austin, TX Sep 19, 2016 $112,000
Business Systems Analyst Lead The Huntington National Bank Columbus, OH Jan 12, 2016 $110,000 -
$120,000
Lead Business Systems Analyst Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Services, Inc. Princeton, NJ Mar 28, 2016 $110,000
Lead Business Systems Analyst Merkle Inc. Columbia, MD Apr 28, 2015 $110,000
Business Systems Analyst Lead The Huntington National Bank Columbus, OH Mar 30, 2015 $110,000 -
$120,000
Business Systems Analyst Lead Fiserv Global Services, Inc. Denver, CO Aug 28, 2015 $95,243 -
$112,735
Lead Business Systems Analyst Tavisca, LLC Plano, TX Jan 11, 2016 $95,160
Lead Business Systems Analyst Ecolab USA Inc. Saint Paul, MN Jun 13, 2016 $95,000
IT Lead Business Systems Analyst Great-West Life & Annuity Insurance Company Overland Park, KS Mar 29, 2016 $92,500
IT Lead Business Systems Analyst Great-West Life and Annuity Insurance Company Overland Park, KS Nov 15, 2016 $92,150
Business Systems Analyst Lead Educational Testing Service Princeton, NJ Jun 22, 2015 $92,123
Business Systems Analyst Lead Educational Testing Service Princeton, NJ Feb 12, 2015 $92,123

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Top Skills for A Lead Business Systems Analyst

  1. Business Requirements
  2. Test Plans
  3. Process Improvement
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  • Assisted clients in articulating and defining their business requirements and assisted in preparing the business case justification for technical investment decisions.
  • Translate stakeholder needs into system requirements and execute associated test plans.
  • Understand the business requirements and identified gaps in different processes and implemented process improvement initiatives across the business improvement model.
  • Perform critical path analysis while utilizing project management systems to update and forecast/manage project budgets, resource commitments, and expenditures.
  • Created an access database using SQL to help run daily reports to track the status of over 3,000 users.

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