Systems analysis is the practice of planning, designing and maintaining software systems. As a profession, it resembles a technology-focused type of business analysis. A system analyst is typically involved in the planning of projects, delivery of solutions and troubleshooting of production problems. The following are common types of system analysis.
Specifying non-functional requirements such as system availability.Contributing estimates, assumptions and constraints to project planning initiatives. A system analyst may act as a information technology expert who advises a project.
Data analysis such as an evaluation of data quality.
Integration AnalysisPlanning integration of processes, systems, services and data.
Measurement & BenchmarkingDeveloping technology metrics and benchmarks.
Capability AnalysisEvaluating the capabilities of products, technologies, infrastructure, services, platforms and APIs.Prototyping design alternatives such as products, platforms and APIs.
DesignDesigning solutions such as a software design or data model.
Risk ManagementIdentification and analysis of information technology risks. For example, an analysis of the risks associated with legacy systems.
Incidents & ProblemsTroubleshooting incidents and resolving the root cause of problems.
Quality AssuranceThe process of preventing problems and continually improving systems.
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