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Business Analyst

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. 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.

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

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

11. 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

18. 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.

19. Compares discrete categories on a common measure.

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

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

22. Systems that manage day to day transactions of the business.

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

24. 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.

25. Describes how best to represent information

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

40. 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).

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

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

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

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

45. 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

46. 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.

47. 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

48. An unfortunate reuse of the word template

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

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