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What is the role of the systems analyst.

  • Clear communication with users and management.
  • Generation of structured specification documentation.
  • Estimation of costs/budgets for the alternative solutions.

What is the abilities,skills and personal characteristics required of professional systems analyst.


  • Analytical ability, common sense and intelligence
  • A personality that radiates confidence, enthusiasm and encourages trust
  • An ability to plan, stick to plans and meet deadlines
  • Stamina, resourcefulness and doggedness to stick to objectives and see the project Through

Three main tasks of a systems analyst when analyzing the existing system.


  • To understand the existing system.
  • To record this information in a way that they and the user can understand and agree.
  • To refine the recorded statement into a logical specification.
  • To add the requirements of a new system to the logical specification

What is the benefits of everyone in an organization adopting a standard approach to systems Analysis.


  • Increased productivity – the required tasks in each stage of analysis are clear so there is no time wasted in determining what needs to be done and what the outcomes should be.
  • Better quality systems – analysts are prompted to ask the right questions and testing/checkpoints review progress and omissions.
  • Better communication – diagrams produced have a standard syntax that all involved can readily use and understand.
  • Better project management – standard task use standard techniques and produce standard diagrams allowing progress to be easily monitored.
  • Better documentation – standard diagrams and documents are produced throughout the analysis phase.

Two problems that the analyst will have to overcome in order to carry out the role effectively.


  • Users may be hostile to or frightened to change, or may have little time available to spend time talking to the analyst.
  • An understanding of the problems faced by the programmers and designers is required so that the precise information they require is given.
  • There may be conflicting user requirements that must be resolved