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Business Analyst

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1. These are fixed costs associated with starting a business. Often refers to one time costs.

2. Designing websites and applications to meet the needs of the user.

3. Usually the recommended way to start a small business. If the business goes under - you are not personally liable for the businesses debts.

4. A cost that business incurs on each sale. For apps - the variable cost is the iTunes store commission.

5. Running development software such as Dreamweaver on your workstation. The major advantage is that it runs very fast when running locally.

6. An analysis of how the calculation results vary with changes in the initial assumptions.

7. An analysis of the attractiveness of the industry in which the company operates.

8. The amount of time between the occurrence of a transaction and the loading of that transaction's information into the business intellegence system.

9. Compares discrete (distinct) categories on a common measure

10. The process of uncovering the numbers that contribute to creating a summary number. Drill down is like being shocked at you ATM balance and then calling the bank to get a list of withdrawls and payments made against your account.

11. A giant database that contains periodic dumps from many databases throughout the company. BI systems query the data warehouse to spot patterns and trends.

12. A presentation primarily designed to be projected which combines brief text and graphics. Presentations use few words and large fonts for audience readability.

13. An analysis of five key forces which profiles the attractiveness of an industry. These include the bargaining power of suppliers and buyers - barriers to entry - threat of substitutes - and the competitive rivalry of firms already in the industry.

14. Programs that greatly simplify the process of building a website. Google Sites is the authoring tool that we will use.

15. Describes how best to represent information

16. One or more fields that uniquely identify each record in the table

17. The opposite of contrast. Layouts demonstrating affinity show subtle variations in color or brightness.

18. An unfortunate reuse of the word template

19. Repear the primary key from the parent table in each corresponding record of the child table as a foreign key to link tables together

20. The idea that a brand's power depends on it's uniqueness

21. A visual query tool in excel that allows you to easily group and summarize data

22. A business presentation combining concise text and graphics. Schematic reports should be brief - well organized - and easy to navigate. Though usually designed in PowerPoint - schematic reports are intended primarily to be read rather than projected.

23. The delivery of accurate - useful information to the appropriate decision makers within the necessary fime frame to support effective decision making.

24. What you make on every sale after subtracting variable costs.

25. Model slides that define the theme elements. The slide master defines the background elements - colors - and fonts. The layout masters provide a menu of possible layouts to apply to a slide.

26. Mini services that exist in the cloud and can be snapped into your webpage. For example - you can include a weather gadget.

27. This is a job title typical for an IS graduate. Business analysts work both with business units such as Human Resources and the programmers. They discover the needs of the business unit and then translate those needs into documentation for the progra

28. A pre-built site with placeholder text - images - and a pre-selected theme. Site templates are the closest thing to an instant website.

29. A PowerPoint template well suited for creating schematic reports because of its small font size and versatile layouts.

30. Describes how easy the system is to use and navigate

31. Defines a set of background elements - colors - and fonts as well as a set of slide layouts.

32. Structured Query Language is the language used by most relational database management systems. It requires very little code to accopmlish powerful operations.

33. Variable names created by capitalizing the first letter of each word and eliminating the spaces between words.

34. A way to categorize groups of people using age - income level - gender - education level - home ownership - and so forth.

35. A form of BI reporting with which we are most familiar-- summary reports distributed at regular intervals.

36. The ability to capture and store information gathered from a form into a database. Database integration also refers to the ability to extract and display information from a database on a website.

37. A built in Excel function that calculates loan payments. Inputs to the function include the loan amount (pv) - the interest rate (rate) - and the number of loan payments (nper).

38. The combination of people - information technology - and business processes to accomplish a business objective.

39. Printing horizontally rather than vertically on a piece of paper. The normal way to print is portrait or vertical orientation.

40. Compares coninuous categories such as time on a common measure

41. A collection of one or more related tables of data stored in rows and columns

42. A cost that the business must pay whether or not they sell anything. Examples include rent - legal fees - development costs and so forth.

43. A database that consists of related tables and nothing but tables.

44. Look like standard reports but with a major difference. They are interactive and allow the user to drill down to disover the source for the summary numbers.

45. Compares discrete categories on a common measure.

46. The process of copying data from many databases throughout the enterprise into the datawarehouse

47. A way to get information into database. Each field in the form corresponds to a field in the database table

48. Make very small loans (typically under 500) to entrepreneurs in developing countries. Most Loans are repaid in six months to a year.

49. Accessing development software that lives in the cloud. The major advantage is that the development process tends to be greatly simplified.

50. A wat to get information out of a database. Often a report will gather information together from multiple tables and present it as a single table