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Business Analyst

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. A part of the spreadsheet - usually at the top - where the key variables are given their values.

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

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

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

13. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

19. The organization of items on a page. For example - a 2up layout consists of two blocks of images and/or text.

20. 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.

21. Compares discrete categories on a common measure.

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

23. An unfortunate reuse of the word template

24. The process of analyzing data to spot trends and opportunities.

25. 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.

26. 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).

27. Describes how best to represent information

28. 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

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

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

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

32. 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.

33. 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.

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

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

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

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

38. 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

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

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

41. 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.

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

43. A marketing term that refers to the ability of a brand to stand out from the crowd.

44. 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

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

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

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

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

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

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