By Jeanne du Plessis
As businesses have become increasingly dependent on computers to operate effectively, the need has arisen for professionals who can analyse business problems and requirements, and develop and implement solutions. This is where systems analysts such as Ayanda Nyathela come in.
“I’ve always been curious about the role of computers in our lives. I took Computer Studies as a seventh subject at high school, and this helped me to understand the function of computers,” she explains. Currently, Ayanda is employed as a systems analyst at a consulting company.
Analysing problems, finding solutions
System analysts are responsible for analysing business requirements, designing appropriate systems and providing system capabilities required for the development of new systems or the modification of existing systems. They manage the full cycle of a system, including requirement analysis, documentation of technical specifications for computer application, implementing and testing the system and providing system support.
“For example, the project could be to implement a new system in a bank to improve the procedure for signing up new clients. My role would be to understand and analyse the requirements (in this case, capturing new clients’ data), design the system that would be used to capture this data, provide the technical specifications to the programmer, test the new system before implementation and provide system support once the system is implemented. A project can take anywhere from three months to two years, depending on its complexity,” Ayanda clarifies.
A career of variety
“Information technology has had a huge impact on most companies, businesses and the everyday citizen in a unique and phenomenal way; wherever you are, you’ll find an information technology system making your life easier in some way,” she says.
Because information technology is everywhere, a systems analyst will be exposed to a great