(This guest blog was written by Lewis Turner. Lewis is the Senior Director of IT for VT Griffin Group based in Atlanta, Ga. He is also my husband. I asked him to comment one type of IT related job. The focus of this post was the different jobs of System Analyst.)
The jobs of systems analysts are varied, but the outcome is the same. Systems analysts design computer systems for larger user such as retailers, financial companies, government departments and the Armed Forces as well as small entities. The underlying goal of the systems analysts is system development and implementation.
Systems analyst usually specializes in one area. An analyst may specialize as an applications systems analyst, computer tester, data modeler, network analyst or operations systems analyst. They also usually specialize in either business, scientific, or engineering applications. The types of goods delivered usually depend on the analysts’ area of expertise and the client for whom the analyst is working with to understand their problem.
In computer manufacturing firms, systems analyst design application software for the computers. They also prepare technical documentation and instructional manuals relevant to the establishment and functionality of entire operational systems. These systems usually track incoming and outgoing inventory, produces in production, tracking of the shipment and accounting for the income of the produced product.
In the Armed Forces, system analyst design applications that assist all Military Service personnel in doing their daily jobs. One such application is the Federal Logistic Information Service. This application was designed to keep track of all the bullets, guns, missiles, spare parts for the M1 tank, and other things for the armed forces(http://www.reachoutmichigan). The systems analysts must ensure they have a full understanding of the applications functionality and that the systems meeting the user’s exception.
As you can see, the jobs performed by the systems analysts can be very complex and difficult to fully understand the user’s business. The goods that are produced by systems analysts are generally determined by the client and the type of industry that the analyst is working in and by the size of the project.