A computer systems hardware analyst works to assess the future needs for information technology and information systems infrastructure within a company. He or she also looks at the efficiency and soundness of existing computer hardware. The analyst assesses costs and benefits related to this infrastructure, then makes recommendations regarding hardware upgrades and new equipment installation; they also schedule these upgrades and installation, and they may plan relevant staff training.
The computer systems hardware analyst looks at the way data and information is handled and processed in the business, seeking out potential bottlenecks that slow this work. The analyst also seeks out opportunities to find waste, such as unused hard-disk storage or unnecessary hardware, and assesses the likelihood of future needs versus the potential cost savings of streamlining. Because hardware and technology are constantly evolving, the analyst must maintain knowledge of updates in the field. They assess the viability of new hardware by looking at the costs of acquisition and the difficulty of installation, upgrading and training. Typically, he or she writes detailed reports on these initiatives for consideration by executive- and director-level management.
Computer systems hardware analyst positions typically require at least a bachelor's degree in computer science or a related discipline. Most employees in this field also possess a business management and analysis background, Computer systems hardware analysts normally work in an office environment, but some fieldwork and travel may be required as well.
Computer System Hardware Analyst Tasks
Identify, communicate, and manage risks associated with projects.
Translate requirements into new information technology project specifications.
Create project plans for information technology development and testing.
Identify business or customer requirements and information technology alternatives.
Monitor network and systems for performance, security,and other issues.