What is Systems Analysis?Edit
This is the core idea of this website - the analysis of systems is what SYD is all about. But I can hear you ask - What is systems analysis?
Well, Systems Analysis is the process of studying a procedure or business in order to identify its goals and purposes, creating systems and procedures that will achieve the goals or purposes in an efficient way.
Interesting Fact: The term 'analysis' and its antonym 'synthesis' come from the Greek language, where they respectively mean 'to take apart' and 'to put together'.
So the process of systems analysis means that we take apart systems, and figure out what they need to do, or how they already work.
In today's world, Analysis is defined as the procedure by which we break down an intellectual or substantial whole into parts. Synthesis is defined as the procedure by which we combine separate elements or components in order to form a coherent whole. Systems analysis researchers use methodologies to analyse systems in order to form an understanding of existing systems, or the requirements for a new system.
Only we don't call them systems analysis researchers, we call them Systems Analysts.
Who is a Systems Analyst? Edit
A systems analyst is an IT professional who specializes in analysing, designing and implementing information systems. Systems analysts assess the suitability of information systems in terms of their intended outcomes and liaise with end users, software vendors and programmers in order to achieve these outcomes.
These Analysts study businesses, and their procedures, identifying the goals and purposes of that business. They use this information to understand the desired outcomes of a system, and create detailed documentation about the requirements. This information is passed on to a system designer.
If you are understanding this so far, you might like to move on to What's being analysed?
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