EdTech 597: Guest Blog

(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.)

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.

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4 thoughts on “EdTech 597: Guest Blog

  1. Aside from EDTECH 597, I am also taking EDTECH 505 which is a course about the process of evaluation. It seems that systems analysts are major evaluators in that they have to be in tune with the purpose of the system, how it functions, and how the user is implementing it.

  2. Lewis, do you find that most systems analysts are internal to the organization they are working with or external folks contracted? Has this been changing in recent years?

    • Depending on the size of the project and the needs for the specialized subject matter experts, most modern organizations use both internal SMEs and external SMEs. As companies look to lower internal resource costs, most companies outsource the SME requirement to larger organizations like Accenture and specialized boutique companies for focused project completion.

  3. Thanks for that break down. My husband’s title at work went from network engineer to systems engineer to systems analyst and now he is in the development/programming department with a different title. I was able to figure out network engineer but could never figure out exactly what a systems analyst was even after he explained it to me ten times. That was a really good explanation for those of us who do not function in that kind of world!

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