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Business Analyst

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  • Answer 50 questions in 15 minutes.
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1. 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.






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






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






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






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






6. 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






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






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






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






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






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






12. Describes how best to represent information






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






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






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






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






18. An unfortunate reuse of the word template






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






20. Compares discrete categories on a common measure.






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






23. 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.






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






25. 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






26. 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.






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






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






29. 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.






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






31. 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






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






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






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






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






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






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






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






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






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






41. 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).






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






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






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






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






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






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






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






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






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