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Business Analyst

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1. 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.

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

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

4. 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.

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

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

7. 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

15. Describes how best to represent information

16. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

22. 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.

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

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

25. An unfortunate reuse of the word template

26. Compares discrete categories on a common measure.

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

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

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

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

31. 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

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

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

34. 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

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

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

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

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

39. 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.

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

41. 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.

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

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

44. 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).

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

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

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

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

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

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