Information systems (IS) analysts are responsible for conducting system analysis and providing technology project leadership for their organization. One of their main duties includes coordinating operational procedures related to information systems and their management. IS analysts are in charge of programming technical solutions that improve the efficiency of current processes. They also help provide easier access to key information by performing complex data queries in a timely manner.
IS analysts improve efficiency of currently deployed programs that hold large amounts of data. They create documentation features for existing applications, as well as analyze business problems and data to develop solutions. IS analysts conduct statistical analyses and modeling to reach business objectives. They also make recommendations based on their findings and present those results and recommendations to managers in their organization. These analysts establish direction for their organization's automation efforts, serve as a resource for information technology management tasks, and work with process development in designing support duties, installation, and validation operations.
A bachelor's degree in computer science, information systems, or a related field is required for this position. Relevant experience in programming and in a similar analysis capacity is generally required or preferred. IS analysts must work well with other analysts and perform effectively on their own with minimal supervision. They need to have advanced analytical skills and pay strong attention to detail, as well as be able to multitask on a variety of co-occurring technology projects.
Information Systems (IS) Analyst Tasks
Identify, communicate, and manage risks associated with projects.
Identify business or customer requirements and information technology alternatives.
Create project plans for information technology development and testing.
Translate requirements into new information technology project specifications.