Sunday, October 28, 2007


Systems is almost synonymous with computers. Actually, though, the latter are only a means to achieving the end. For instance, even a paanwala at the street corner has his own system of running his business which includes procurement, stocking , display, sales, cash management, etc. However, due to the sheer volume of transactions of various kinds in a large organization, systems are developed and maintained with the help of the latest Information Technology (IT) tools
However,It is not clearly understood whether a systems job is technical or managerial in nature. It is actually a mix of both and essentially entails information management. In this information age where huge premium is placed on information, leading organisations are discovering that they need to do a better job of capturing, distributing, shaping, preserving, securing, and valuing information in order to stay ahead of competition or at least survive.

A formally educated business analyst working in information management disassembles an organisation's business system to examine the sources of information, how it is used and the way it flows throughout the organisation in support of business activities. This examination documents information processes from data origin to final archiving. It attempts to identify where information is becoming distorted (causes) and how to improve the information's value. Such analysis requires a thorough dedication to the priorities of a business over technology and to people over machines.

The business analysts present an array of information processing proposals, including cost and time estimates. The chosen systems design is then transferred to other technical experts who actually develop and deliver the final system. Clearly one can see that such an exercise involves a thorough understanding of business processes and requires good hardware and software skills.

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