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n responding to your peers, select an activity or responsibility definition that was different from your post.

Provide an executive summary of the activity as you would communicate to an executive of a business
management team.

A. Background: Systems analyst contribute to businesses by helping them


get the most use out of their investment in information technology
systems (Browne, 2016). These analyst are trained as highly
competent computer professionals that will work and correspond with
clients during the design, development, and implementation stages of
a computer system (Browne, 2016). They must work closely with
clients to understand and critically think of potential computer
solutions that are economical and technically possible.
B. Purpose: Analytical skills enable the systems analyst to understand the
organization and to work to identify problems and make
recommendations for solutions or implement solutions to a problem
that organization has already identified (Jeffery A. Hoffer, 2010).
Analytically thinking means that the systems analyst will have the
knowledge to grasp the end users concept and analyzing the problem
and come up with viable technical solutions (Jeffery A. Hoffer, 2010). A
systems analyst must become an expert in the business arena and in
the systems development field in order to be successful.
C. Problem: In order to fulfill a clients needs the systems analyst must be
able to think analytically. If they are not able to think critically then
they will not be able to understand the organization and will not be
able to identify the major problems and produce viable cost effective
information systems solutions (Jeffery A. Hoffer, 2010). Critical thinking
must be mastered and if it is not then the analyst will not be able to
find the most feasible and cost effective solutions to the end users
problem.
D. Procedures used: There are four sets of analytical skills that are needed
for this position and they are systems thinking, organizational
knowledge, problem identification, and problem analyzing and solving.
Systems thinking is the science of making inferences about systems
with the development of a deep understanding of the underlying
organization. (Richmond, 2014). A systems analyst must be able to
fully understand the organization and all of its functions to be able to
fully solve the problem. Organizational knowledge is the ability for the
systems analyst to know the business structure and how each layer of
the organization functions and works. Problem identification is utilized
by the systems analyst in the primary investigation to make sure that
there is an actual problem that can be fixed with the organizations
limited resources (Farah, 2016). Questions that must be answered are
what is the businesses problem (Farah, 2016)? What are the major
causes of the problem (Farah, 2016)? And can the problem be solved

using the current information system? (Farah, 2016). Once the problem
is identified then the systems analyst can use feasibility studies to
ensure that the problem is fully understood and that any solutions will
address all or most of the problem.
E. Recommendations and conclusions: In order for a systems analyst to
gain this important skill they must first have a mentor that will teach
them to think like a systems analyst. Analytical skills are very
important to the systems analyst role but it is not the only important
skill, each skill must be honed in order to help the organization and the
systems analyst. Having a mentorship program at an organization will
help to develop young minds and prepare the company for the future
when the young minds are shaped and molded in the direction of the
future company. Mentors will be able to pass on valuable knowledge to
junior associates and in return when a junior associate has gained
advanced knowledge they will be able to suggest new and innovative
ideas and systems that work with the organizations goals and
objectives.
Works Cited
Browne, C. (2016). How to Train to become a Systems Analyst. Retrieved
from Chron: http://work.chron.com/train-become-systems-analyst13249.html
Farah, B. N. (2016). Systems Analysis. Retrieved from Reference for Business:
http://www.referenceforbusiness.com/management/Str-Ti/SystemsAnalysis.html
Jeffery A. Hoffer, J. F. (2010). Succeeding as a Systems Analyst. Retrieved
from Your Role and other Organizational Responsibilities in systems
development:
http://www.umsl.edu/~sauterv/analysis/Succeeding_as_a_Systems_Ana
lyst.pdf
Richmond, B. (2014). Systems Thinking. Retrieved from Thwink:
http://www.thwink.org/sustain/glossary/SystemsThinking.htm

A. Background: Systems analyst are important for their ability to use their technical skills to
help nontechnical business employees increase their work efficiency. In order for a
systems analyst to fully do their job they must understand the technical aspects and be
able to convey them in both technical and nontechnical terms for different groups of
users.
B. Purpose: Technical skills are critical skills because they help the systems analyst to
understand the possibilities of the clients requirements and the technical limitations to
their requests (Jeffery A. Hoffer, 2010). If an analyst does not have the technical skills
they will not be able to envision the information system that will make the users work
more efficient. Technical skills allow the systems analyst to not only envision the solution
but to design the product, work with computer programmers to develop the system, but
also test and implement to system and potentially train clients how to use the system
(Jeffery A. Hoffer, 2010). Systems analyst have the ability to speak a technical language
to the programmer in order to develop the system and to make sure that the system is
what the client wants.
C. Problem: A technically savvy systems analyst is able to work with both end users and
developers to create a system that is user friendly and satisfies the users requirements. If
a systems analyst does not have the technical skills then they will not be able to
understand the potential and technical limitations of the information system (Jeffery A.
Hoffer, 2010). Every possible solution must be envisioned by the systems analyst to
ensure that the users problem is solved. Without technical skills a systems analyst will
not be able to guide the client through the design phase and will not be able to help the
developer understand fully the clients requirements for the system. Technical skills also
require that the systems analyst be able to deal with different programming languages, a
variety of operating systems, and various hardware platforms (Jeffery A. Hoffer, 2010).
Some solutions will not be viable options with different languages or operating systems
depending on the company.
D. Procedures used: Systems analyst ensure that IT systems are documented in order to
understand, improve, and help to build the systems and future systems. Systems analyst
usually document different user scenarios, the functional activity of the system, how the
data flows through the system, and how different front end and back end users interface
with the system (Black, 2014). All procedures used must be able to show the systems
analyst the limitations of the information system.
E. Recommendations and conclusions: To ensure that a systems analyst has the technical
skills a company must make sure that they understand that there will always have
incomplete information, they will have to deal with mismatched priorities, language and
culture barriers, and money and time constraints (Black, 2014). Working with business
users systems analyst must be sure to ask valuable information to fully understand what
the new system should achieve. Working with both business and IT professionals they
must be able to guide different working priorities to the same goal (Black, 2014). A
systems analyst working with business users that speak a business savvy language and
also working with programmers and developers that speak a technical language with the

same knowledge. Time constraints and money will always determine the feasibility of the
new system.

Works Cited
Black, L. B. (2014, August 18). What do Computer SYstems Analyst do? Retrieved from Skilled
Up For Learning: http://www.skilledup.com/articles/what-do-computer-systems-analystsdo
Jeffery A. Hoffer, J. F. (2010). Succeeding as a Systems Analyst. Retrieved from Your Role and
other Organizational Responsibilities in systems development:
http://www.umsl.edu/~sauterv/analysis/Succeeding_as_a_Systems_Analyst.pdf