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Working As A Senior Configuration Analyst

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

  • Repetitive

  • $101,780

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior 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 Senior 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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Average Length of Employment
Principal Analyst 3.2 years
Senior Analyst 3.2 years
Analyst Lead 2.8 years
Top Employers Before
Consultant 5.5%
Analyst 2.8%
Top Employers After
Consultant 6.9%

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Senior Configuration Analyst Demographics

Gender

Female

49.5%

Male

47.9%

Unknown

2.6%
Ethnicity

White

76.4%

Asian

13.8%

Hispanic or Latino

8.0%

Unknown

1.5%

Black or African American

0.4%
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Languages Spoken

French

25.0%

Spanish

25.0%

German

16.7%

Russian

16.7%

Chinese

8.3%

Mandarin

8.3%
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Senior Configuration Analyst Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

20.0%

Webster University

10.0%

Strayer University

7.5%

St. Philip's College

5.0%

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

5.0%

Thomas Edison State University

5.0%

University of Massachusetts Amherst

5.0%

Colorado Technical University

5.0%

University of Utah

5.0%

Walden University

5.0%

Mississippi Valley State University

5.0%

University of Texas at Arlington

2.5%

Northeastern State University

2.5%

California State University - Chico

2.5%

Kutztown University of Pennsylvania

2.5%

University of Houston

2.5%

Western Carolina University

2.5%

Miami University

2.5%

De Anza College

2.5%

Ventura College

2.5%
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Majors

Business

30.3%

Computer Science

10.1%

Management

9.2%

Computer Information Systems

9.2%

Human Resources Management

4.2%

Project Management

4.2%

Political Science

3.4%

Management Information Systems

3.4%

Accounting

3.4%

Education

3.4%

Health Care Administration

2.5%

Criminal Justice

2.5%

Engineering

2.5%

Mathematics

1.7%

Electrical Engineering

1.7%

Marketing

1.7%

Computer Engineering

1.7%

Computer Technical Support

1.7%

General Education, Specific Areas

1.7%

English

1.7%
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Degrees

Bachelors

41.2%

Masters

29.1%

Other

20.3%

Associate

6.8%

Certificate

2.7%
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Real Senior Configuration Analyst Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Analyst-Itsm Configuration Management Adobe Systems Incorporated San Jose, CA Nov 14, 2015 $145,132
SR. Configuration Analyst-SAP Logistics & Distri Chico's Fas, Inc. Fort Myers, FL Oct 14, 2013 $117,995
Senior Configuration Application Analyst Puget Sound Energy, Inc. Bellevue, WA Apr 02, 2014 $115,000
Senior Analyst-Oracle Rpas Configuration Macy's Systems and Technology Johns Creek, GA Apr 12, 2015 $111,384 -
$125,000
SR. Analyst-Configuration MGT Valuelabs, Inc. Spartanburg, SC Jun 16, 2015 $110,000
Senior ERP Configuration and Support Analyst Dealertrack, Inc. Lake Success, NY Oct 01, 2011 $110,000
Senior Portal Configuration Analyst Deloitte Services LP TN Sep 09, 2011 $110,000
Technical Configuration Analyst Senior Checkfree Services Corporation Sunnyvale, CA Nov 09, 2016 $108,493 -
$128,146
SR. Configuration and Release Analyst Suntrust Banks, Inc. Atlanta, GA Feb 29, 2016 $108,000
Senior Configuration Business Analyst GE Capital Corporation Stamford, CT Oct 26, 2012 $105,000 -
$115,000
Senior SAP Configurator/Analyst Philips Electronics North America Corporation Somerset, NJ May 09, 2011 $105,000
Senior Configuration Analyst Caridianbct, Inc. Lakewood, CO Jun 20, 2011 $105,000
Senior Analyst-Process & Configuration Agneto Inc. North Brunswick, NJ Sep 22, 2016 $100,000
SR. Configuration Analyst Navel Technologies Inc. Burbank, CA Aug 01, 2015 $100,000
SR Configuration Analyst (Programmer Analyst 5-IT) Oracle America, Inc. CA Jun 04, 2010 $100,000 -
$172,288
SR. Configuration & Release Analyst Suntrust Banks, Inc. Atlanta, GA Oct 01, 2016 $98,000
Senior Configuration Analyst Automatic Data Processing, Inc. San Dimas, CA May 19, 2011 $97,515
Senior Configuration Analyst III (Logistics) Graybar Electric Company, Inc. Saint Louis, MO Apr 27, 2012 $96,720
Configuration-Senior Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation Reston, VA Sep 13, 2010 $95,600 -
$112,518
Busienss Configuration Senior Analyst Officemax Incorporated Naperville, IL Sep 06, 2011 $94,353
Senior Configuration Analyst Automatic Data Processing, Inc. San Dimas, CA Jun 14, 2010 $93,000
SR Configuration Analyst Mercury Insurance Services, LLC Brea, CA Jun 30, 2011 $91,900 -
$99,900
SR. Configuration Analyst Navel Technologies Inc. Burbank, CA Feb 16, 2014 $90,000
SR. Configuration Analyst Navel Technologies Inc. Burbank, CA Feb 25, 2014 $90,000

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Top Skills for A Senior Configuration Analyst

ConfigurationManagementPlanProceduresDataAnalysisAuditsConfigurationStatusSQLBusinessRequirementsSharepointConfigurationControlBoardQAProposalsWebSAPSRECOProcessImprovementUATCmdbSystemConfigurationWindows

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  1. Configuration Management Plan
  2. Procedures
  3. Data Analysis
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  • Developed and maintained site specific procedures.
  • Perform internal program audits to ensure DM procedures and tasks are being followed.
  • Conduct configuration validation through creation/execution of SQL scripts.
  • Analyze and assist in the development of business requirements for international, mission-critical health care payment calculation systems.
  • Inventory and re-label materials placed within the material handling system and SharePoint.

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