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Business Analyst

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1. 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






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






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






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






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






6. 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.






7. 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).






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






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






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






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






12. 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






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






14. 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.






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






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






17. 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.






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






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






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






21. 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.






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






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






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






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






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






27. Describes how best to represent information






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






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






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






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






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






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






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






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






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






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






38. Compares discrete categories on a common measure.






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






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






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






42. 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






43. 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.






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






45. An unfortunate reuse of the word template






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






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






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






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






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