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Business Analyst

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

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

3. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. 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.

11. Compares discrete categories on a common measure.

12. 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

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

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

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

16. 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.

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

18. 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.

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

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

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

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

23. 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

24. An unfortunate reuse of the word template

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

26. 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.

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

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

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

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

32. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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