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Business Analyst

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

2. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

8. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

17. 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

32. 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.

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

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

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

36. 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.

37. 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.

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. Describes how best to represent information

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

42. 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.

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

44. 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

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

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

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

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

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

50. Compares discrete categories on a common measure.