With a manifold increase in the importance of operations in the IT sector, the role of a Systems Analyst has taken a front seat in many corporations. A vast majority of system analysts are employed with IT and consultancy companies. As many as 30,000 of them are self-employed, with those numbers growing exponentially as the years progress.
Systems analysis is a full-time profession, with jobs available in federal departments, financial institutions, universities, and even hospitals. Systems analysts hold an important position in the hierarchy of a company. They are a vital link between the firm and its clients.
A college degree in computer science or management information systems is a requirement, although not mandatory. Some corporations do employ people with a Bachelor's degree in other subjects, but they need to be equipped with the necessary computer and mathematical skills for the job. Don't worry if you are from a different background, as you can enroll in computer classes to get the requisite experience.
Job Profile, Duties, and Responsibilities
Research and Planning
A systems analyst does research on any reported problem related to computer systems, plans and proposes a solution, advocates software or hardware components (for an IT firm), and coordinates the problem-solving process, to ensure that the business standards and requirements are met. An analyst is familiar with multiple approaches to solve a problem and will choose the most appropriate one.
They need to possess an expertise in a host of computer programming languages, operating systems, and computer hardware platforms. It is their job to translate the client's request into working computer systems or process solutions. In this way, they are a kind of link between IT professionals and vendors.
Designing Computer Systems
A systems analyst in the IT field, designs solutions for productivity and efficiency of the business. The designing work may be either for customers or for an internal client, which may be another department in the firm. They generate reports based on the requirement of the clients, and work on providing for them, networks that are best suited to their needs.
An example of this would be designing a computer network for the production department of an organization, giving them real-time access to data and calculations such as - number of units produced, hourly rates, wastage of resources, etc.
Maintaining Client Relationships
Interacting extensively with clients of the company, or within departments. Critical examination of clients' requirements and understanding the clients' operations and systems. Translating the requirements of the client into workable models. Determining the potential solutions and testing them for both technical and business compatibility.
Development of Projects
Developing project feasibility reports and discussing them with the top management with regards to future implementation. Presenting the client with solutions generated, and familiarizing him with the new models. Working with software developers and other end-users to ensure technical compatibility and user satisfaction (in IT jobs).
Planning a testing schedule for completing the system operations, comes after the client has adopted the new system into the workplace. Supervising proper functioning of a new system as an ongoing process. Apart from these official activities, being up-to-date with technical developments in the industry by subscribing to tech magazines and participating in developer summits and programs.
The IT boom may be taking longer than expected to return, but global demand has seen a rise in the past year driven by developing economies like China and India. As a result, the demand for Systems Analysts is also expected to rise. Moreover, many more IT companies today are focusing on the importance of efficient operations, where jobs in systems analysis and administration are on their way to being a lucrative and promising field.