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Working As A SAP Business Analyst

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

  • Repetitive

  • $95,132

    Average Salary

What Does A SAP Business 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 Business 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 Business Analyst jobs

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SAP Business Analyst Career Paths

SAP Business Analyst
SAP Project Manager Program Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Business Program Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Solutions Architect Business Analyst-Consultant Business Analyst/Project Manager
Business Systems Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Leader Business Analyst Information Technology Project Manager
Change Manager
10 Yearsyrs
SAP Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager Director Of Information
Director Of Information Management
10 Yearsyrs
Senior SAP Consultant SAP Project Manager Information Technology Project Manager
Manager, Project Management
10 Yearsyrs
Project Leader Quality Assurance Manager Production Manager
Material Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Business Analyst Project Manager Program Manager
Operations Program Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Product Manager Operations Manager
Operations Project Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst-Consultant Senior Finance Analyst
Planning Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Master Data Analyst Project Manager Quality Manager
Process Improvement Manager
10 Yearsyrs
SAP Fico Consultant Lead Consultant Business Analyst
Product Owner
9 Yearsyrs
SAP Consultant Lead Consultant Project Manager
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Business Analyst Product Manager Operations Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
SAP Fico Consultant Functional Analyst Systems Analyst
Quality Assurance Lead
6 Yearsyrs
SAP Consultant Senior Consultant
Senior Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Senior SAP Consultant Project Leader Business Analyst
Senior Quality Assurance Analyst
6 Yearsyrs
Business Analyst-Consultant Lead Business Analyst Quality Assurance Lead
Senior Quality Assurance Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Senior SAP Fico Consultant Senior SAP Consultant Solutions Architect
Solutions Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Construction Manager Operations Manager
Supply Chain Manager
10 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
SAP MM Consultant 3.2 years
Business Analyst 3.0 years
SAP Consultant 2.3 years
Functional Analyst 2.3 years
SAP Analyst 2.1 years
Top Employers Before
Consultant 3.8%
Analyst 2.2%
Top Employers After
Consultant 4.1%

SAP Business Analyst Demographics

Gender

Male

61.9%

Female

34.2%

Unknown

3.9%
Ethnicity

White

58.0%

Asian

24.5%

Hispanic or Latino

9.6%

Unknown

6.3%

Black or African American

1.5%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

33.3%

Portuguese

15.4%

French

12.8%

Chinese

7.7%

Mandarin

5.1%

Italian

5.1%

German

2.6%

Dakota

2.6%

Russian

2.6%

Persian

2.6%

Hindi

2.6%

Arabic

2.6%

Tamil

2.6%

Korean

2.6%
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SAP Business Analyst Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

18.2%

DePaul University

6.8%

University of Houston

6.8%

Central State University

5.7%

Purdue University

5.7%

University of Puerto Rico - Mayaguez

4.5%

Central Michigan University

4.5%

Strayer University

4.5%

George Washington University

4.5%

Fairleigh Dickinson University

4.5%

Syracuse University

3.4%

University of Texas at Arlington

3.4%

Arizona State University

3.4%

Southern Methodist University

3.4%

Rochester Institute of Technology

3.4%

Minnesota State University - Mankato

3.4%

Pennsylvania College of Technology

3.4%

Texas A&M University

3.4%

Michigan State University

3.4%

University of Cincinnati

3.4%
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Majors

Business

25.1%

Accounting

11.3%

Finance

9.2%

Computer Science

8.7%

Management

5.1%

Management Information Systems

4.9%

Information Technology

4.3%

Computer Information Systems

4.1%

Information Systems

3.8%

Marketing

3.3%

Supply Chain Management

2.6%

Project Management

2.3%

Mechanical Engineering

2.3%

Engineering

2.0%

Electrical Engineering

2.0%

Engineering And Industrial Management

2.0%

Industrial Engineering

2.0%

Political Science

1.8%

Computer Applications

1.5%

Computer Engineering

1.5%
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Degrees

Bachelors

44.7%

Masters

38.6%

Other

8.5%

Certificate

4.0%

Associate

2.8%

Diploma

0.8%

Doctorate

0.4%

License

0.2%
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Real SAP Business Analyst Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Lead SAP Business Analyst, IT Tesoro Companies, Inc. San Antonio, TX Jan 22, 2016 $167,500
SR. SAP Revenue Recognition Business Analyst Palo Alto Networks, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Nov 16, 2015 $157,000
SAP Business Warehouse Analyst Bloomberg, LP New York, NY Nov 27, 2016 $150,000
Senior SAP Gatp Business Analyst Nvidia Corporation Santa Clara, CA Apr 27, 2016 $150,000
Senior SAP Business Analyst Maxum Petroleum Operating Company Knoxville, TN Sep 29, 2015 $149,000
SAP Business Analyst Palo Alto Networks, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Mar 19, 2015 $147,000
SR. SAP Business Analyst Impax Laboratories, Inc. Middlesex, NJ Jul 06, 2015 $145,000
SR. SAP Fico Business Analyst Palo Alto Networks, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Aug 24, 2016 $143,000
SR. SAP Fico Business Analyst Palo Alto Networks, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Jun 21, 2016 $143,000
SAP Fico Business Analyst Palo Alto Networks, Inc. Santa Clara, CA Jul 27, 2015 $143,000
Senior SAP Business Analyst AIG Employee Services, Inc. Parsippany-Troy Hills, NJ Feb 29, 2016 $140,000
Staff Business Analyst, SAP Fico Illumina, Inc. San Diego, CA Jul 11, 2016 $109,200 -
$152,000
SAP Business Analyst HCL Global Systems Inc. Sunnyvale, CA Aug 06, 2016 $108,858
SAP Business Analyst NRG Energy, Inc. Houston, TX Nov 21, 2015 $107,700
SAP Business Analyst Paddock Laboratories LLC Minneapolis, MN May 08, 2015 $107,500
SAP Business Analyst L Perrigo Company Allegan, MI May 22, 2016 $107,158
SAP Business Analyst L Perrigo Company Allegan, MI Aug 12, 2015 $107,120
Senior SAP Business Analyst Amcor Rigid Plastics USA, LLC Manchester, MI Jul 10, 2016 $107,016
SAP Business Analyst Qiagen Shared Services Germantown, MD Sep 13, 2016 $107,000
SAP Business Analyst Erp Integrated Solutions Long Beach, CA Oct 20, 2016 $90,000 -
$130,000
SAP Abap Business Analyst Vallourec USA Corporation Houston, TX Oct 05, 2016 $90,000 -
$110,000
SAP Pricing Business Analyst As America, Inc. Piscataway, NJ Sep 11, 2015 $90,000 -
$125,000
SAP Business Analyst II Dawn Food Products, Inc. Jackson, MI Nov 15, 2016 $89,868
Senior SAP Business Analyst Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. Towson, MD Mar 05, 2015 $88,310 -
$115,000
SAP Fico Business Analyst Objectwin Technology, Inc. Milan, IL May 18, 2016 $88,000
SAP Business Analyst (Fi/Co) McKesson Corporation La Vergne, TN Jan 15, 2016 $88,000 -
$96,000

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Top Skills for A SAP Business Analyst

BusinessProcessOwnersMasterDataSAP MMBusinessRequirementsSAPECCProceduresGo-LiveLegacySystemFinancialFi/CoProductionPlanningInterfacesAssetFunctionalSpecificationsCustomPurchaseOrdersAbapTestScriptsSAPFicoLogistics

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Top SAP Business Analyst Skills

  1. Business Process Owners
  2. Master Data
  3. SAP MM
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Participated in meetings with business process owners and users to understand business process and prepared process flows.
  • Created Master data and assigned to organizational units.
  • SAP MM Integration Testing Functional Lead for Supply Chain Management Developed integrated test scripts, scenarios, test tools and procedures.
  • Support the development of process changes through identification of functional design specifications and business requirements.
  • Worked on integration points between Vertex, FI and MM Environment: SAP ECC 6.0

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