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systems analystThe person responsible for the development of an information system. Systems analysts design and modify systems by turning user requirements into a set of functional specifications, which are the blueprint of the system. They also design the database unless done by a data administrator. Analysts develop the manual and machine procedures and the specifications for each data entry, update, query and report program in the system.
Systems analysts are the architects, as well as the project leaders, of an information system. It is their job to develop solutions to users' problems, determine the technical and operational feasibility of their solutions, as well as estimate the costs to develop and implement them.
They develop prototypes of the system along with the users, so that the final specifications are examples of screens and reports that have been carefully reviewed. Experienced analysts leave no doubt in users' minds as to what is being developed, and they insist that all responsible users review and sign off on every detail.
A Balanced Mix
Systems analysts require a balanced mix of business and technical knowledge, interviewing and analytical skills and a good understanding of human behavior. See system development life cycle, data administrator, job descriptions, salary survey and Systemantics.