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Working As A SAP Analyst

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

  • Repetitive

  • $81,800

    Average Salary

What Does A SAP 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 SAP 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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SAP Analyst Career Paths

SAP Analyst
Senior Analyst Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Business Program Manager
10 Yearsyrs
SAP Project Manager Management Consultant Business Analyst/Project Manager
Business Systems Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior SAP Consultant SAP Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Change Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Senior Manager Director Of Information
Director Of Information Management
10 Yearsyrs
SAP BW Consultant Senior Consultant Program Manager
Information Technology Project Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior SAP Consultant Project Leader Test Manager
Integration Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Functional Analyst Senior Business Analyst Information Technology Project Manager
Manager, Project Management
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Analyst Product Manager Senior Buyer
Material Manager
9 Yearsyrs
SAP Business Analyst Senior Business Analyst Program Manager
Operations Program Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Analyst Finance Analyst Operations Manager
Operations Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
SAP BW Consultant SAP Consultant Senior Consultant
Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
SAP Business Analyst SAP Consultant Sap-Sd Consultant
SAP MM Consultant
5 Yearsyrs
Functional Analyst Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Senior Information Technology Manager
10 Yearsyrs
SAP Basis Consultant Senior Systems Engineer Manager, Systems Engineering
Senior Manager-Systems
12 Yearsyrs
SAP Fico Consultant Lead Consultant Business Analyst
Senior Programmer Analyst
7 Yearsyrs
Sap-Sd Consultant Lead Consultant Project Manager
Senior Project Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Analyst Quality Assurance Analyst Quality Assurance Manager
Senior Quality Assurance Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Sap-Sd Consultant SAP MM Consultant SAP Consultant
Senior SAP Consultant
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Consultant Business Development Manager Solution Specialist
Solutions Manager
8 Yearsyrs
SAP Fico Consultant Functional Analyst Senior Business Analyst
Supply Chain Manager
10 Yearsyrs
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SAP Analyst Demographics

Gender

Male

62.8%

Female

34.4%

Unknown

2.8%
Ethnicity

White

39.0%

Asian

31.0%

Hispanic or Latino

13.4%

Black or African American

9.5%

Unknown

7.1%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

43.3%

Portuguese

13.3%

German

6.7%

Chinese

3.3%

Telugu

3.3%

Turkish

3.3%

Welsh

3.3%

Cantonese

3.3%

Japanese

3.3%

French

3.3%

Russian

3.3%

Hindi

3.3%

Dakota

3.3%

Tamil

3.3%
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SAP Analyst Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

15.5%

Wayne State University

6.0%

Texas A&M University

6.0%

Saint Cloud State University

6.0%

Southern New Hampshire University

6.0%

University of Texas at Arlington

4.8%

University of Houston

4.8%

University of Texas at Dallas

4.8%

University of Southern California

4.8%

Oklahoma State University

4.8%

Carnegie Mellon University

4.8%

Wesleyan College

3.6%

Central State University

3.6%

State University of New York Albany

3.6%

National University

3.6%

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

3.6%

University of Missouri - Saint Louis

3.6%

Baruch College of the City University of New York

3.6%

Illinois Institute of Technology

3.6%

San Diego State University

3.6%
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Majors

Business

25.8%

Computer Science

10.0%

Accounting

8.3%

Finance

8.1%

Electrical Engineering

5.9%

Information Technology

5.0%

Management

4.7%

Computer Information Systems

4.3%

Management Information Systems

3.1%

Computer Engineering

3.1%

Engineering

3.1%

Project Management

2.8%

Mechanical Engineering

2.8%

Computer Applications

2.8%

Information Systems

2.6%

Industrial Engineering

1.7%

Supply Chain Management

1.7%

Marketing

1.7%

Education

1.4%

Economics

1.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

41.4%

Masters

39.2%

Other

13.1%

Associate

3.1%

Diploma

1.7%

Certificate

1.1%

Doctorate

0.4%
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Real SAP Analyst Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
SAP Analyst Metanoia Solutions Inc. Ashburn, VA Jun 23, 2015 $88,000
SAP Analyst Value Consulting LLC Ashburn, VA Aug 31, 2010 $78,042
SAP Analyst Value Consulting LLC Ashburn, VA Sep 30, 2010 $78,042
SAP Analyst Value Consulting USA, LLC Ashburn, VA Jun 01, 2010 $78,042
SAP Analyst Value Consulting USA, LLC Ashburn, VA May 01, 2010 $75,000
SAP SD Analyst GVA Infotech Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 18, 2017 $70,000
SAP SD Analyst Anira Solutions Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 18, 2017 $70,000
SAP FI Analyst Anira Solutions Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 18, 2017 $70,000
SAP FI Analyst GVA Infotech Inc. Ashburn, VA Sep 18, 2017 $70,000
SAP Analyst Value Consulting, LLC Ashburn, VA Jun 10, 2010 $66,000
SAP Analyst Business Pointers Incorporated Ashburn, VA Oct 01, 2012 $65,000
SAP Fico Analyst Value Consulting USA, LLC Ashburn, VA Jul 01, 2010 $65,000
SAP Analyst Business Pointers Incorporated Ashburn, VA Dec 09, 2016 $64,000
SAP Analyst Business Pointers Incorporated Ashburn, VA Sep 21, 2016 $64,000
SAP Analyst Value Consulting USA, LLC Ashburn, VA Feb 01, 2010 $63,000

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Top Skills for A SAP Analyst

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  1. SAP
  2. Master Data
  3. Business Requirements
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  • Developed reconciliation program between the Business Warehouse and SAP General Ledger balances.
  • Facilitated several workshops with Business Managers/ Users to gather requirements for Master Data Housekeeping and IIP Material Returns projects.
  • Converted business requirements in business/technical requirement documents.
  • Identified opportunities for Business process improvement and initiated efforts to make improvements.
  • Develop QA test plans based on business requirements and technical specifications.

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