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Business Analyst

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1. 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.

2. The largest systems of all. ERP systems tie together all aspects of the business from accounting to the shop floor.

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

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

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

6. A model report in which the theme is predefined. In some templates even some of the slides are already created. For example - the Pitchbook template includes a title slide - a table of contents slide - and a section heading slide.

7. An unfortunate reuse of the word template

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

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

10. 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.

11. 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

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

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

14. Similar to a template but without the placeholder text and images. A theme specifies formatting--layout - colors - and fonts

15. Compares discrete categories on a common measure.

16. A group of potential customers for a product or service. Segments are typically identified by demographics.

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

18. The cheapest way to start a business. It is just you doing business under another name. However - you are personally liable for business debts.

19. 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.

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

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

22. 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

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

24. A method for designing information systems. The life cycle proceeds through the following stages: an analysis of the current state - development of requirements - design of a solution - development from the design and finally to implementation or rol

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

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

27. 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).

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

29. The process of fishing for patterns in the data using computing power because you really do not know what to look for.

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

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

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

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

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

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

36. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

43. Suggests causality by plotting independent and dependent variables on the same graph.

44. A user-friendly way to get information into a database.

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

46. 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.

47. A high level management overview of the data--sometimes depicted using dials and needles similar to an automobile dashboard. In a car.

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

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

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