Data Platform Job Roles: Business Systems Analyst

These are a series of posts that can assist beginners who are eager to dive into the “data platform” or professionals who are considering a career in analytics. I’ll do my best to provide as much information as possible. Please see previous posts that discussed the most in-demand job roles by clicking here.


This is a continuation post to Job requirements for Business Analyst, Business Systems Analyst and Business Intelligence Analyst.

Difference between Business Analyst and System Analyst:
The primary distinction between a business analyst and a systems analyst is that the BA is business-specific and focuses on the broader context of business changes and system development for a business. The systems analyst, on the other hand, will concentrate on system-specific requirements.

Difference between System Analyst and System Administrator:
Although this position is looks similar to that of a system administrator, there are key differences between the two. Systems analysts frequently work for a company or the government in a certain industry, such as finance, engineering, or healthcare. They design and improve computer systems that are adapted to each company’s unique requirements. They normally begin by meeting with upper management to determine the company’s computer needs. They then construct software and hardware systems in order to achieve a set of goals. The systems analyst is also responsible for conducting cost-benefit evaluations on proposed computer system upgrades.

The network of a computer system, which includes the wide-area network (WAN), local-area network (LAN), the Internet, and intranets, is the focus of systems administrators. Their work is less industry-specific than that of a systems analyst, because networking is similar across enterprises and sectors. Systems administrators are also in charge of network security, which includes safeguarding the computer system from security breaches and the growing threat of cyber-attacks and cyber-crime. A systems administrator can assist a systems analyst by offering software and hardware updates and enhancements.

So, what exactly does a System Analyst do?
By analyzing system requirements, calculating expenses, and establishing protocols to encourage growth and efficiency, a professional business systems analyst bridges the gap between business-related challenges and IT.

In other words, a business system analyst focuses on the computer technology that a business requires. It determines which technical updates and installations will boost workplace productivity. In order to do a complete analysis of the technological issue and test them to ensure they fulfill business needs, the person must have a working knowledge of technology. The majority of them concentrate on systems that enhance a business unit’s capabilities.

The requirements and responsibilities for Systems Analysts is listed below.

Business Systems Analysts:

  • Should create, maintain, and improve data models, reporting systems, dashboards, and performance metrics.
  • Examining existing client systems, business models, workflow, procedures, and processes, as well as evaluating system specifications for business requirements.
  • Identifying potential solutions and evaluating their technical and business viability.
  • Conducting requirements analysis and creating specific documentation for new, modified, or replacement systems.
  • Interface mapping and documentation between legacy and new systems.
  • Providing a user manual, written documentation, and new system training.

Skills Required:

Platform: Windows/Linux
SQL Products (MySQL, Oracle SQL*Plus, Microsoft SQL Server, PostgreSQL, Teradata, DB2, Or Microsoft Access)
Analytical & Reporting Packages: Business Objects, SSRS, Power-BI, Tableau, Power BI, Or Excel
Statistical Tools: R, Python Or Microsoft Excel.
Salary Range:
$62,000 – $77,000 (Per Year – US), 13,000– 25,000 (Per Month – Dubai), 25,000-65,000 (Per Month – India)

Refer to the below for an example:
IT Technical Business Analyst
Senior Business Systems Analyst

Most companies do not require business systems analysts to have all of the above skill sets. The skill-set depends purely based on the type of the business.

Business system analysts should be familiar with Microsoft Excel and other visualization tools in order to create charts, pivot tables, and reports. The requirements and skill set may differ from one company to the next.

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