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CHAPTER 1

THE SYSTEMS ANALYST AND INFORMATION SYSTEMS DEVELOPMENT

This chapter introduces the role of the systems analyst in information systems development projects. First, the fundamental four-stage systems development life cycle (planning, analysis, design, and implementation) is established as the basic framework for the IS development process. Next, ways in which organizations identify and initiate potential projects are discussed. The first steps in the process are to identify a project that will deliver value to the business and to create a system request that provides the basic information about the proposed system. Next, the analysts perform a feasibility analysis to determine the technical, economic, and organizational feasibility of the system.

OBJECTIVES

  • Understand the role played in information systems development by the systems analyst.
  • Understand the fundamental systems development life cycle and its four phases.
  • Understand how organizations identify IS development projects.
  • Understand the importance of linking the information system to business needs.
  • Be able to create a system request.
  • Understand how to assess technical, economic, and organizational feasibility.
  • Be able to perform a feasibility analysis.

CHAPTER OUTLINE

Introduction

The Systems Analyst

Systems Analyst Skills

Systems Analyst Specialization

The Systems Development Life Cycle

Planning

Analysis ...

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