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Business Analyst

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

2. An unfortunate reuse of the word template

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

4. 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.

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

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

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

8. Compares discrete categories on a common measure.

9. 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).

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

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

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

13. The total interest paid over the life of the loan. The finance charge is calculated by adding up all of the loan payments and then subtracting from this total the amount originally borrowed.

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

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

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

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

18. 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.

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

20. 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

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

22. 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

30. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

37. Describes how best to represent information

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

46. 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.

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

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

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

50. 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.